Charles Massy gained a Bachelor of Science at the Australian National University before farming for 40 years and developing a prominent Merino sheep stud business. His concern about ongoing land degradation and humanity’s sustainability challenge led him to undertake a PhD in Human Ecology.
Charles has engaged in freelance journalism since 1977, widely publishing across a range of subjects including mountaineering, history, ecology and the environment, as well as fiction and poetry. His first two books told the history of the Australian merino and his third book, Breaking the Sheep’s Back (2011), recounted the political destruction of the Australian wool industry. Breaking the Sheep’s Back was shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Australian History and for the Ashurst Business Literature Prize. He also contributed a chapter to the ground-breaking anthology Fair Food (2015).
Charles still manages a sheep and cattle grazing property in NSW while teaching at universities and consulting widely in the fields of Merino breeding, landscape design, and transformative change in agriculture of Merino breeding, landscape design, and transformative change in agriculture. His most recent book, Call of the Reed Warbler, explores how regenerative agriculture can save our health and our planet.