If you frequent Woolworths for your groceries, keep an eye out for my Anthony’s beaut strawberries under the brand of Goldenvale Strawberries, from Victoria. Anthony is an interesting bloke. Like most farmer’s – and like me – Anthony is pretty obsessed by the weather. So much so that he started another business called A.V. Weather which predicts the weather! A mate from Victoria got me on to the service and I tell you what — he doesn’t get it wrong! I thought it would be great to touch base with Anthony and see what spurred on his love for the weather. Have you come across A.V. Weather before, mate?
I farm strawberries and predict the weather.
It’s a family business. I farm with my parents and my younger brother.
The flexibility. Working for yourself allows you to be flexible around the family and their needs with working hours.
The strawberries are in full swing now, and we are now preparing the ground for our summer crops that will be planted in January.
I loved thunderstorms as a child and it grew form there.
I became good at predicting the weather by reading as much as I could, and also by watching the weather on the news — Rob Gell and David Brown were both professional forecasters and I learnt a lot from watching them.
I use computer models as a guide. The rest is experience and the use of analog weather routines, using the last 130 years as a guide.
I currently have a 4 week and 5 month forecast for my clients. It’s extremely important because my clients can make good decisions about what crops to plant and when based on my forecasts.
My accuracy rate is very good. In fact, most of the climate models had a winter drought this year, where as I forecasted a wet winter and spring which did happen.
Hard work is the secret. Anyone can achieve anything they desire if they put the work in. You can only be rewarded with effort – I was taught this at a young age and was working from the age of 10 before and after school on the farm!
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