Growers

Agonis Ridge

Farm name: Agonis Ridge. Derived from the native Peppermint tree that graces the property (agonis flexuosa).
Operator’s names: Beverley & Michael Pimm and Simon Gray & Melanie Pimm
Location: 81 Barrett Road, Rosa Brook, (Augusta Margaret River Shire)
Products: Olive oil, beef & sheep meat
Livestock: Cattle and sheep
Breeds: Murray Grey beef, Wiltipoll sheep, commercial & Stud
Feed: All livestock are reared on a pasture based rotational grazing system.
Annual production: Olive oil 1000 – 3000 litres. Cattle turn off approx 70 head. Lamb production approx 180 head.
Size of farm: 163 ha (400 acres)
Vegetation/landscape: Undulating landscape with two creek lines and short Margaret River water course frontage. Natural vegetation comprises Jarrah, Marri and Peppermint tree shelter areas. Pasture species comprise clover, ryegrass and kikuyu with some introduced serradella.
Organic or Biodynamic: Certified Organic by NASAA since 2003
Farming background: Lifetime, second generation; prior to year 2000 was dairy farming.
Other activities/business: Regular produce stall holder at the Margaret River Farmers Market since year 2002.
The farm story: After 30 years milking cows in the year 2000 Michael and Bev decided to have a lifestyle change so planted a 1200 tree olive grove and converted from dairy cattle to a beef breeding herd and began the process of organic certification. The Wiltipoll sheep enterprise is a more recent addition to the business which evolved from the need for a cost effective means of grass control within the olive grove. This has grown from small beginnings and is proving to be beneficial in pasture management within general grazing pasture.
 In 2013 daughter Melanie Pimm and son-in-law Simon Gray have become involved at 
Agonis Ridge with the addition of Simon to the NASAA organic certification.
Contact details: agonis@bluemaxx.com.au Ph: 08 9757 4525
Suggested links: http://margaretriverfarmersmarket.com.au/agonis-ridge-organic/


Aitken

Farm name: Koonkoobing
Operator’s names: Phil & Noela Aitken
Location: Mukinbudin
Production: Grain: Wheat, oats, rye, rye flour, hay, sheep
Livestock: Sheep
Breeds:  Merino
Feed: Paddock feed, wheat seconds, hay
Annual production:  40 – 300tn Grain
Size of the farm:  2500 ha
Vegetation/landscape: Mallee, Wadjil, White Gum, Jam, Granite rock outcrop
Organic or Biodynamic:  Organic – NASAA Certified
Farming background: 50 years since clearing. Began towards Organic Certification in 2009
The farm story: Phil grew up on the family farm where he helped his Dad work the land conventionally.  After marrying the girl next door and having three wonderful children, Phil and Noela decided that there had to be a safer, healthier and more viable way to keep doing what they loved – farming.  As a family they began their organic certification journey in 2009 and have since sold Organic Rye Flour to a Fremantle bakery and wheat into the local organic market.  They run Merino sheep which they have started selling through the Organic & Biodynamic Meat Co-op.  They also keep a few milking cows for their own use.  They really enjoy farming this way with Gods help, going into the future.
Contact details: Phil: 0429 435 736


Akaringa Farm

Farm name: Akaringa, meaning place of water
Operator’s names: Paul & Anne-Maree Crute   
Location: Dowerin/Goomalling area
Production: Wheat, Oats, Lupins, Sheep
Livestock: Sheep
Breeds: Merino and Dorper
Annual production: 200 tonne wheat, 500 lambs
Size of the farm: 1170 arable acres
Vegetation/landscape: scrub land
Organic or Biodynamic: Organic, certified in-conversion with NASAA
The farm story: Broadacre wheat and sheep, in conversion to organic but always managed using sustainable principles, undertaken revegetation projects and soil remineralisation.
Contact details: pacrute@hotmail.com.au 08 9631 1273, 0429 807 171


Armstrong

Farm name: Seaview
Operator’s names: Ken McGowan and Chris Armstrong
Location: West Binnu
Production: Beginnings of nut production: macadamias, pecans and pistachios. Some seasonal cash crop vegetables that can also be fed off after harvest to goats
Livestock: Goats
Breeds:  Boer x feral
Feed: Own hay, pasture
Annual production:  300-400 to start
Size of the farm:  5,000 acres
Vegetation/landscape: Half cleared and rest virgin bush, heavy undulating, bore water and sea views
Organic or Biodynamic:  Organic – ACO
Farming background: 11 years organic farming in Carnarvon : bananas, mangos, vegetables
The farm story: After floods in Carnarvon in 2010 and lots of damage to our property including loss of top soil that had taken us 10 years to improve with composting we decided to move to a non flood prone area. Seaview is 30km south of Kalbarri but is a totally different soil type and much cooler climate. Of retirement age we decided on goats, nut trees and some vegetables for an easier life. We are negotiating the sale of a further neighbouring 2500 acres which has summer pasture varieties which will give us greater grazing area for the goats once it is certified.
Contact details: Ken 0407383136 or Landline/Fax 99366124


Boronia Farm

Farm name:  Boronia Farm named by previous owner because Boronia grows wild on the farm.
Operator’s names: Barry and Dale Green
Location : 47 William Rd, Donnybrook
Products:  Beef and fruit
Livestock:  Cattle
Breeds: Angus cross
Annual production: variable but cattle should be up to about 15 this year – we are building up again.
Size of the farm: 160 acres
Vegetation/landscape: 100 acres pasture, 60 acre fenced bushland and swamp, including boronia swamp
Organic or Biodynamic: Organic NASAA certified
Farming background: 
Both grew up in farming families. Orchard for Barry and sheep and wool for Dale
Other activities/businesses: Farmstay,Tourist Radio for Barry and his Agritourism, network of small businesses.
The farm story: Barry and Dale bought the property as a wonderful place to bring up their family. They travelled prior to that and investigated organics in other areas. They really began farming organically in 1990 with the orchard, although they didn’t go down the certification path until later. Part of the reasoning was that they lived there with their young children, and wanted the best environment for them to grow up in.
Contact details: www.boroniafarm.com.au 08 97317154, dale@boroniafarm.com.au
Suggested links: 
www.agritourismwa.com.au  www.organicfoodwa.net.au  www.farmstaywest.com.au


Bossy Boots Farm

Farm name: Bossy Boots Farm / Balingup organics. Bossy Boots Farm was named after Tom’s mother who is bossy.
Operator’s name:  Tom Benson – Farm Manager, Leonie Creagh & Roz Benson
Location: Balingup
Products:  Beef, sheep and goat meat, chicken eggs, nut, hay, seedlings, vegetables, fruit, value added produce
Livestock: Cattle, sheep and chickens for eggs
Breeds:  Beef cattle, Black Angus and goats, Afghan.
Annual production:  Lots
Size of the farm:  80 acres
Organic or Biodynamic:  Both systems, but only Certified for Organic with OGA/ACO
Other activities/businesses of the /farmer:  Fencing contracting, catering
Contact details: bossyboots@wn.com.au 08 9764 1047
Suggested links: https://www.facebook.com/BossyBootsFarm


Caccetta

Farm name: Two Owls
Operator’s names: Philip Caccetta
Location: Wilga (Balingup/Donnybrook Shire)
Products: Beef
Livestock: Cattle
Breeds: Aberdeen Angus
Feed: Grass Fed
Annual production: 15
Size of the farm: 300 Acres
Vegetation/landscape: Undulating Pastures and Natural Forrest
Organic or Biodynamic: Organic, Certified with NASAA
Farming Background: Since 2005
The farm story: A family owned and operated small organic farm.
Contact details: 
phillip.caccetta@gmail.com


Changerup Pastorals

Farm name: ‘CHANGERUP’ which is the name of the district in the shire of Kojonup
Operator’s names: Phil & Vi, Grantly & Peta and kids Matthew,Rebecca & Jamie MARINONI
Location: 28 km NW of Kojonup
Production: Sheep for meat and wool, oats and olives
Livestock: 2700 grown sheep and 1200 lambs
Breeds: Merino and Merino/Poll Dorset cross
Feed: 100 rolls silage, 100 rolls hay and oats
Annual production: 200 Merino/Poll dorset cross lambs for meat. 250 ton oats
Size of the farm: 1157 ha
Organic or Biodynamic: Organic, certified with NASAA
Farming background: Grantley’s grandfather and his family came from Italy to begin farming in Kojonup in 1900’s; Grantley’s parents took over from him and still work on the farm; currently run by Grantley and Peta; and now their children help on the farm too.
The farm story: Grantly’s grandfather, Dolf, moved from northern Italy to the farm across the road with his family in the early 1900’s. Dolf took up their farm and cleared the land with other family members. All the clearing was hard manual work using axes to ringbark the trees then burn them down.
Grantly’s parents Phil and Vi continued developing the farm and turned to organics in 1990 after getting disillusioned with artificial fertilisers and chemicals. Phil & Vi still live on the farm and help Grantly & Peta along with their 3 teenage children run the farm. Over the years oat crops have become the main production focus but Grantly’s passion still stays with the merino sheep.
The farm has 2700 sheep of which 1500 are merino ewes which are mated to merino rams to produce lambs for replacement of older sheep and for wool. 200 ewes are mated to Poll Dorset rams to produce lambs for the organic meat market. The remainder of the flock is made up of young sheep and wethers. 240ha is planted to oats each year to produce around 200 rolls of silage and hay for stock feed and 350t of oat seed of which some is sold as organic and the rest retained for stock feed and for seed the following year.
Contact details: gmarinoni@wn.com.au  Ph: 0898 331250


Dodd

Farm name: Glenrowan
Operator’s names: Bruce and Gilly Dodd
Location: Denmark
Products: Beef and hay
Livestock: Cattle
Breeds: Murray Grey
Annual production: 15
Size of farm: 100 hectares
Vegetation/landscape: hilly
Organic or Biodynamic: Certified Organic by NASAA since 2003
Farming background: Zimbabwe
Other activities/business: Corporate mediation
The farm story: Just began breeding Murray Greys
Contact details: doddy@iinet.net.au


Edwards Farm

Farm name: Balbarup Park – It is the centre of the Balbarup District.
Operator’s name: Kay and Doug Edwards and Anita and Wayne Edwards
Location: 6 km east of Manjimup on Perup road
Products: Vegetable Farm: Broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage (3 types), kale, onions, corn, celery, potatoes, pumpkin, butternuts, onions, beef and sheep meat; Fruit Farm: Tree of Love avocados and plums
Livestock: Cattle and sheep
Breeds: Wilshire Sheep and Angus Mix
Feed: Grass feed
Annual production: 25 Baby Beef, 200 Lambs
Size of the farm: 300 hectares
Vegetation/landscape: 20 % natural forest the rest pasture with 3 center pivot sites with large dams
Organic or Biodynamic: Organic and Biodynamic, certified ACO (vegetable farm ) and Biodynamic (fruit farm)
Farming background: In the Family for 70 years
Other activities/businesses of the farm: They have a commercial kitchen on site where they value add from the vegetable farm. They also package super foods as well as house bees that they harvest their honey from.
The farm story: 
Wayne’s father Doug has been farming all his life, as did his father.  Wayne joined the farm in 1984 when the Australian Dollar was low and export of produce especially cauliflower was very profitable. With this 3 centre pivot sites and 2 centre pivots of 24 hectares were in operation. One with export cauliflower and the other with processing potatoes for the local factory.  By the late 90s  the good prices and demand had shrunk.
Wayne’s interest in a new direction started with biological and organic farming   in 1998.  Back then there wasn’t a lot of information on organic farming.  By 2005 the total farm was organic but the market was still small. In 2008 they bought an avocado and plum farm 7 km west of town.  It’s busy all year round and they have wwoofers to help. The Fruit farm is mostly seasonal work and the vegetable farm is all year round.
Wayne and Anita have noticed that people are becoming more aware that eating Organic food is better for you as well as the planet.
Contact details: Wayne and Anita Edwards wedwards@wn.com.au Ph: 08 97721122
Suggested links:  http://www.treeofloveresort.com.au/  https://www.facebook.com/TreeOfLoveR   http://www.lovinggift.com.au/


Gelfro Farm

Farm name: ‘GELFRO’ (George ELFreidaRObert) Parts of Rob’s parents names
Operator’s names: Robert & Anne Battley
Location : 35 kms nth of Williams
Products: Ultra fine merino wool, organic oats and sheep meat
Livestock: Sheep
Breeds: Merino sheep, Dorper sheep and Xbred lambs
Annual production: 25 bales ultra fine wool, 150 xbred lambs, 120 tons organic oats and organic hay
Size of farm: 600 acres surrounded by the Dryandra Forest
Organic or Biodynamic: Certified Organic with NASAA
Other activities/businesses: Partner in oat rolling mill,  Farmstay/B&B, Anne is a N.C.A.S qualified equestrian coach and honey production.
Contact details: battley@reachnet.com.au 08 98845245
Suggested links: www.gelfrofarmstay.com.au 


Happy Valley

Farm name: Happy Valley / Trading as Prime Organics
Operator’s name: Joy, Jason and Fiona Jarvis
Location: 5 km south of Donnybrook
Products: Fruit (Apples, Plums, Pears, Nashi, Peaches), Eggs and Beef (All Cert Organic)
Livestock: Cattle
Breeds : Red Poll cows with Murray Grey bulls
Feed: Pasture Fed
Annual production: 70 head
Size of the farm: 300ha (30ha orchard)
Vegetation/landscape: Undulating land with stands of Jarrah/Redgum, winter creeks, very scenic
Organic or Biodynamic: Organic, certified with Ausqual, but also uses Biodynamic preps
Farming background: Studied Horticulture/Agriculture at Lincoln University New Zealand 1992-3, Nuffield Farming Scholar 2008
Other activities: Contract packing fruit for other producers, Farm Stay “Happy Valley Homestead”
The farm story: Third generation farmer with another generation in training. Farm started as dairy and pigs after Jason’s grandfather cleared the land. Jason’s father planted the orchard and built the Packhouse. Jason has overseen the change to organic production with his mother, Joy, managing the packing logistics. Continuous improvement of their soil and growing highly sought after healthy produce is their aim.
Contact details: twinpack@bigpond.com Ph: 0429 311363
Suggested links: www.primeorganics.com.au www.facebook.com/primeorganics  www.gapsaustralia.com.au


Karanda Farm

Farm name: KARANDA Farm combined names Karen and Alexander
Operator’s names: Lex & Karen Langridge
Location: Bornholm half way between Albany and Denmark off the Lower Denmark rd
Production: Beef ,sheep meat & starting to grow a range of fruit & vegetables
Livestock: Cattle and sheep
Breeds:  Cattle Piedmontese stud & sell 2nd cross Steers. Sheep A2 Jerseys & Dorper
Feed: Theyonly produce grass fed stock on mainly kikuyu & clover pastures
Annual production: Cattle – 12 pure bred females & 40 crossbred females;  & 50 sheep
Size of the farm: 170 acres
Vegetation/landscape: Peaty sand which is green all year
Organic or Biodynamic: Organic, in-conversion with Ausqual
Farming background: Lex has been farming for more than 40 years & they have been in Albany for 18 months.
Contact details: lklangridge@gmail.com 98451459
Suggested links: www.karandafarm.com


Kirkpatrick

Farm name: Dugite Farm, a name carried through from Brett’s Grandfather who named it after the local snake that was/is so prominent here.
Operator’s names: Brett Kirkpatrick and Leonie Inger
Location: Thompson Brook, Donnybrook
Products:  Biodynamically grown seasonal vegetables, beef and biodynamic preparations.
Livestock: Cattle
Breeds: mixed breed of cows from Angus to Murray Grey and Angus and Limousine bulls
Feed: Grass fed grazing with hay harvested from those fields to feed out over late summer and into winter. Second butternuts, cauliflowers, cabbage etc.
Annual production: run off around 30-40 yearlings a year
Size of the farm: 65 ha plus another 20 ha leased biodynamically run land next door
Vegetation/landscape: 
Jarrah/Marri mainly with many more mixed exotic trees planted since they  have been on the farm. Loamy clay soils and rolling hills – gorgeous
Farming background: Brett is a fourth generation farmer on this land, runs Biodynamic workshops and makes all the preparations on farm. He has also been involved in 2 Biodynamic spraying studies done in the Southwest of WA. Leonie is from a dairy farm background.
Organic or Biodynamic: Biodynamic, certified with Australian Certified Organic (ACO)
Other activities: 
Brett does some biodynamic spraying on other farms, and subcontracts building and farming skills. Leonie works as a nurse in Donnybrook. They will be opening a cottage later in the year for short stays on the farm.
The farm story: 
Brett and Leonie came to farming after studying Naturopathy and doing a thesis on biodynamics.  They run the farm on a sustainable philosophy and environmental theme (they run a stand alone power system).  They are also using Holistic Farm management techniques to support their desire to keep nutrient and fertility on farm with as little external input as possible.  Their belief is that the  farm should not only be a place of work but a source of pleasure and recreation, that has been their goal.
Contact details: inger7@bigpond.com 97318308


Mardo Farm

Farm name: Mardo Farm – This is common name for Antechinus flavipes, a carnivorous/insectivorous marsupial mouse found in the area
Operator’s name: VP & EA Farrell
Location: Pemberton
Products: Avocados, limes, pomegranates and beef
Livestock: Cattle
Breeds: Murray Grey
Feed: Improved perennial and annual legume and grass pasture
Annual production: 20 head/per annum
Size of the farm: 200 acres
Vegetation/landscape: Karri /Blackbutt forest
Organic or Biodynamic: Biodynamic, but certified with ACO, Australian Certified Organic now called Australian Organic
Farming background: 3rd generation beef and sheep
Contact details: mardofarm@bordernet.com.au 08 9776 1326
Suggested links:  www.mardofarm.com.au  www.aco.net.au


Margaret River Creameries

Farm name: Pachamama Mother Earth from Peru, Margaret River Creameries
Operator’s names: Peter Togno and family
Location: Margaret River
Products: Milk & Cheese, beef
Livestock : Cattle
Breeds: Holstein Fresian & some x bred Jersey
Feed: Grass & some grain
Size of the farm: 330 ha
Vegetation/landscape: undulating
Farming background:  3rd generation W.A. dairy farmer 36 years on property, family previously farmed at Waroona & Wanneroo
Organic or Biodynamic: 
Organic, certified with NASAA
Other activities/businesses of the farm/farmer: 
love to go sailing
The farm story: Togno family has been dairy farming since the 1930’s in WA. Moving to Margaret River in 1977 . Going organic in 2004 and being the only organic dairy in WA
Contact details : margaretriverorgani@bigpond.com 0467505866
Suggested links: 
http://www.margaretriverorganiccreameries.com/


Morrell

Farm name: Crystal Brook Farm
Operator’s names: Arthur and Olive Morrell
Location: 264 Morrell Rd Fairbridge WA 6208
Production: Beef, sheep meat and biodynamic preparation BD 500
Livestock: Cattle and meat sheep
Breeds:  Short-horn base cows with Angus cross bulls, White Dorper base ewes
Feed: Pasture hay and silage with oats/barley hay and silage
Annual production: 100 beef yearlings, 150 weaner lambs
Size of the farm: 750 Acres
Vegetation/landscape: Gentle undulation on the foot-hills of the Darling Range, tree line shelter breaks line most paddocks, with a wide variety of pasture. 10% natural bush left untouched
Organic or Biodynamic: Biodynamic, certified with BDRI Demeter
Farming background: The Morrell Family have been farming in Pinjarra since the 1920’s. 
Other activities/business: Arthur is a qualified Bowen therapist and has a practice on the farm.
The farm story: Crystal Brook farm was established in 1945, 8 km North East of Pinjarra on the foothills of the Darling Scarp.  A freshwater stream runs through the valley, hence the name “Crystal Brook”.  Mr Denzil Morrell (dec.) established the farm from a virgin bush block which was heavily timbered.  This development took many years to reach its farming potential.
Being concerned about the pollution of the Peel Estuary due to the run-off from heavy use of fertiliser and chemical residues, the family sought a better way to farm.  In 1990 the practices of Biodynamics were adopted.  This means artificial fertilisers, pesticides, herbicides, growth enhancements and animal health pharmaceuticals are no longer used.
Arthur, Olive and their family make the Bio-dynamic preparations at Pinjarra which are used by other farmers practising Demeter Biodynamic methods in Western Australia.
Contact details:dkmorrellandco@gmail.com 95311244


Oversby

Farm name: Oversby
Operator’s names: Ray & Meryl Oversby
Location: Youngs Siding
Products: Beef
Livestock: Cattle
Breeds: Angus/Charolais
Feed: Pasture & Hay
Organic or Biodynamic: Biodynamic, certified with BDRI Demeter
The farm story:  Ray and Meryl began farming beef cattle biodynamically in 1992 and became fully Demeter certified in 2008. They have noticed significant improvements in the health of their paddocks since using biodynamic methods, with areas that were barren and salt-scalded returning to kikuyu and strawberry clover pastures. They run mainly Angus and Charolais cross cows and put Angus and Charolais bulls over them, keeping some replacement heifers and steers to grow on.
Contact details: 08 9845 2037


Sudholz

Farm name:  They haven’t really had a farm trading name since they went out of the horse breeding business.
Operator’s name: Greg and Sandy Sudholz
Location: 96 Powell Road, Wokalup
Products: Vegetables including pumpkins, beans, peas, tomatoes, cucumbers, spaghetti squash, yakon, sweet potato, rhubarb, garlic, kale, chard, beetroot, jerusalem artichokes
Livestock: Beef cattle
Breeds:Mixed bred cows with a Devon bull
Feed: Kikuyu and ryegrass
Annual production: 20 head of cattle. As for vegetables it depends on the season
Size of the farm: 28 hectares
Vegetation/landscape: Flat, laser levelled as they flood irrigate in the summer months
Farming background: cattle, wheat and sheep
Organic or Biodynamic: Biodynamic, certified with BDRI Demeter
Other activities: retired, formerly a heavy duty plant mechanic
The farm story: Greg worked a wheatbelt farm with his father then worked for Alcoa as a heavy duty plant mechanic for 30 years. At the same time owned 116 hectares at Lake Clifton, Waroona breeding beef cattle and Arab horses. Sold Lake Clifton property in 2006 and purchased current property in Wokalup then retired from Alcoa 2008.
Contact details: PO Box 522, Harvey WA 6220 phone: (08) 97293934


Two Camel Creek

Farm name: Two Camel Creek Organics
The day Nola bought her camel, Ishtar, was the day she met Ray. He bought his camel, Abby, the following week. So everything they have began with 2 camels. They now have four camels and they hang out in the back paddock.While living up north Ray would go out trekking with the camels for a couple of weeks at a time. They held camel races on a number of occasions as a fundraiser for the local turf club. They would also give rides during the Fortescue Festival in Newman.
Operator’s name: Ray Rutten & Nola Woolhouse
Location: Blackboy Flats Rd, Bridgetown
Products: Beef
Livestock: Certified cattle, Non certified sheep
Breeds: Bull is 1/2 Blonde, Breeders are mixed, Sheep are Wiltshire Polls
Feed: Grass fed and topped up with hay grown on their property
Annual production: 20 – 25 calves
Size of the farm: 250 Acres, including 30 acres certified orchard
Organic or Biodynamic: Organic, certified with NASAA
Other activities of the farm: Apples – several varieties. Small quantities other fruits with Kiwi fruit just beginning to produce. Herbs and vegies when time allows
Contact details: twocamelcreekorganics@activ8.net.au 08 9761 4070
Suggested links: https://www.facebook.com/TwoCamelCreekOrganics


West

Operator’s name: Tim West and Jacqueline Zanders
Location:  Boyup Brook
Products:  Beef, sheep meat and oats
Livestock:  Potential in the future
Breeds: Probably Angus and Merino
Feed: Pasture and oaten hay /grain
Annual production: Potential 35 yearlings and 150 lamb/hogget (they may use some of this for their own business)
Size of the farm:  hope to be around 200 hectares
Vegetation/landscape:  undulating
Farming background:  40 years on the Esperance sandplain last 16 years using the Demeter Biodynamic Method
Organic or Biodynamic:  Biodynamic, since moving locations Tim’s is still in the process of starting his certification
Other activities farmer:  paddock to plate supplying mostly to the Esperance/Goldfields regions


Williams River Produce

Farm name:  Boraning – this is the aboriginal place name for this farm and the area. An aboriginal elder who Kelly sometimes sings with, told them that the meaning of this name is place of spiritual wisdom.
Farmer Name: The Newton-Wordsworth family – William and Kelly and their children Tara, Vincent and Grace
Location: 17 kms west of Williams, in the the Upper Great Southern
Products:  Biodynamic beef, lamb, extra virgin olive oil, kalamata table olives, pistachios, marmalade and jams, hay and wool.
Livestock:  Cattle, sheep, and they have a horse stud and training centre
Breeds:  Their cattle are predominantly angus bred, our sheep are predominantly poll dorset.
Feed:  Their animals graze naturally in paddocks year round, with some supplementation of hay in autumn and winter as required
Annual production:  Turn off around 300 plus cattle a year, 200 sheep, 15 horses.
Size of the farm: 2900 acres
Vegetation/landscape: Boraning is set in rolling hills on the eastern side of the Darling Scarp. It is scenic country, with beautiful trees, creek lines, rocky outcrops and hidden valleys
Organic or Biodynamic:  Biodynamic, with BDRI Demeter
Farming background:  The farm became biodynamic in 1988, which makes Boraning over 25 years free of chemicals and farmed with natural fertilisers as required.
Other activities of the farm:

  • Kelly is a multi award winning international singer songwriter and author who has sung in concerts such as the King of Thailand’s 80th birthday party to 500,000 people, the world peace concert in Ladakh, India, televised live throughout India, and live earth in the LA (Malibou) USA concert.
  • They have a Christian Health and Healing Centre there, as well as their other accommodation business
  • They are breeding bulls for Organic (Bio-dynamic and organic) systems, based on 25 years of selecting cattle from mainly Angus lines, for worm resistance, natural hardiness, and the ability to do well and produce great calves in a grass fed system, with no veterinary chemicals, no grain feeding, and no or low hay inputs in autumn.
  • They also have accommodation.

The Farmers Story:  William and Kelly both studied law together and practised as lawyers (briefly!). After leaving law Kelly worked as a professional actress in leading roles in Perth theatre, hosted her own radio show on the ABC, was a “jingle queen” in Perth voice over media advertising, and began her career as a singer songwriter. William left the law to travel and returned to Australia to pursue farming. Kelly married him in 1988 and together they moved to live at Boraning. Since that time they have worked to make ‘’Boraning” and the earth a better, cleaner, more beautiful and safer place, including being involved in the protection of our old growth forests, and fighting against the use of poisons and GMOs in the production of food. the Newton-Wordsworth family was awarded the sustainability award in 2012 at the WA regional and community awards.
William has served as the chairperson of the co-op from its inception.
Contact details: william@williamsriverproduce.com.au 08 98851181
Suggested links:  www.williamsriverproduce.com.au   http://www.kellynewtonwordsworth.com   www.gospelgladness.com    http://christiansongsandbooks.com/   www.youtube.com/kellynw


Windi Windi Pastoral

Farm name: Windi Windi Pastorals (on account of Richard’s grandmother thinking it was
pretty windy) and Mettlerslake named after a local land mark- Mettlers lake
Operator’s names:Richard Davy
Location: Situated 100 kms east of Albany close to the historical cape Riche. On the spectacular southern coast.
Production:Organic beef, lamb and yabbies
Livestock: Sheep and cattle
Breeds:  Sheep: Merino and white Suffolk. Cattle: Angus
Feed: The animals graze on beautiful annual and perennial, predominantly clover, rye grass and kikuyu perennial with many other native grasses. The yabbies do a great job of cleaning the dams of organic matter and whatever the animals leave behind.
Annual production:  1000 lamb and 30 heifers/steers
Size of the farm:  2500 ha
Vegetation/landscape: The farms consisting of nearly 2500 ha (1100 pasture) are holistically run, perinnerial cover, organically fertilized using a range of techniques including biodynamic principles.
Organic or Biodynamic:  Organic, certified with ACO
Farming background: Richard has farmed all his life as he was raised in a dairy farm the other side of Albany.
Other activities/business: Richard’s other passion is writing and photography. He has exhibited since 2000 and wrote a book called the ‘Sympathetic Cow Murderer’ in late 2010. He continues to follow his artistic direction although he now has to share it with another interest called homeopathy which he has started studying full time.
Contact details:rvtdavy@gmail.com 0427473013, 0898473013
Suggested links:sympatheticcowmurderer.com