Farmer Profile

Melissa Charlick

Melissa Charlick

 Perth WA, Australia
 Western Australia
Perth, Southern WA, East WA, North WA, North West WA
 Farmer and part-time teacher
 Farmer; butcher; teacher; hospitality.
 1-3 Years

Farming Preferences:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

  • Market garden 4
  • Other livestock 4
  • Chickens 4
  • Sheep 3
  • Beef 3
  • Specialty Crops 3
  • Dairy 2
  • Broad Acre Cropping 2
  • Goats 2
  • Viticulture 2
  • Other Farming Preferences: Agroforestery

Farming Skills:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

  • Marketing 4
  • Animal Husbandry 4
  • Business Management 3
  • Livestock Mustering 3
  • Cropping 3
  • Sales 3
  • Planning 3
  • Accounting 3
  • Book Keeping 3
  • Human Resources 2
  • Machinery Operation 2
  • Fencing 2
  • Agronomy 2
  • Orcharding 2
  • Other Farming Skills: Butchery

Farming Methods:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

  • Regenerative 4
  • Grass fed 4
  • Organic 3
  • Biodynamic 2
  • Permaculture 2
  • Urban 1
  • Conventional 1
  • Other Farming Methods: Utilisation of waste streams.

Farm Opportunities Sought:

  • Equity
  • Lease
  • Share Farm
  • Vendor Finance

What have you been doing to get farm ready?

We have both spent three years working on a number of farms around the world, including a regenerative egg-laying, intensively grazed dairy and pig farm in California, U.S.A.; Jonai Farms, VIC.; and Old Mill BioFarm, in NSW. This has given us extensive experience and knowledge in vegetable crops, livestock handling, breeding, poultry, and farm management. We are currently farming 40 minutes outside of Perth in Gidgegannup on approximately 30acres of leased land, however seek something with more security and longevity imbedded within it.

Why are you passionate about farming?

Growing ethical, nutritious, delicious food that regenerates the land upon which it is grown is what drives us. We are passionate about food politics, and relocalising the food system, whilst building community and caring for the land and wider environment in the process.

Best days of being a farmer:

For us, every day on the farm brings us a new challenge, another lesson in observation and intervention, and the exhausted satisfaction that we are living our yes. On our dream farm, we would have enough acrege to be running a mixed-species operation. This would incorporate pasture raised pigs fed a supplemental diet of waste streams from nearby breweries and dairies; intensively rotated cattle; a pasture egg laying operation; and an intensively farmed market garden, whose nutrient inputs would be focused around green manures. We would sell mainly to CSA members, however would also have a strong and vibrant restaurant market. We would start the days with energy, enthusiasm, and with the smell of coffee, and end the days with contented exhaustion, dirty and ready to dive into a dinner made from our own produce, followed by some research, book keeping, and slumber.