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Char­lie Arnott, Char­lie Arnott Grass Fed Beef — Nat­u­rally, Boorowa, NSW When Char­lie Arnott took over Hanaminno — the fam­ily farm inn Boorowa, NSW — he farmed it the same way his fa­ther had. “We ran a con­ven­tional mixed farm; cat­tle, sheep and crops,” he says. “It was a model that fo­cused on the eco­nomic re­la­tion­ship with the land and was about profi­fit.” In 2004, things changed when Char­lie at­tended a lec­ture on bio­dy­nam­ics. “It struck a chord, and prompted me to ques­tion what I was do­ing and who I was pro­duc­ing food for,” Char­lie says. He changed his farm­ing prac­tice and his at­ti­tude; now the fo­cus is on soil and pas­ture health, and pro­duc­ing food. “We de­cided to sell our beef di­rect to cus­tomers — to sell the siz­zle, not just the sausage,” he says. It may not sound like a big shift but, as Char­lie says, when you know who is eat­ing your beef and your cus­tomers know who is grow­ing their meat, other fac­tors — such as trans­parency, re­spect and trust — be­come part of the trans­ac­tion. 0412 623 422; char­liearnott.com.au

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