Michael has been a farmer and forester all his working life. He has been on his property “Boolara” at Coonawarra, South Australia for the past 40 years. Working initially with his parents Betty and Brian and now his wife Rosemary.
“Boolara” is a mixed enterprise property consisting of farming sheep, cattle, viticulture and forestry. These ventures utilise the various soil types within the farm. Being involved as a young fellow assisting his family with the initial establishment of forestry on the property, which was purchased in 1972. Initially planting in 1995 Pinus radiata and then Eucalyptus globulus and shelter belts around the farm. He gains great satisfaction with the whole process of growing and tending the forestry areas. From planning, planting, building roads, butt trimming, harvesting and making bio char to name just a few of the jobs. These jobs however often competing with the other operations on the farm. Meeting with other foresters, sharing and gaining knowledge is always a highlight for Michael.
Michael would like to spend more time working in the forest and utilising the timber on his portable Lucas Mill and making more bio char which is then spread on the pasture. The environment and global warming are of utmost concern for him.