Prior to farming, along time ago, Jamie worked as a pearl diver and sailor before studying journalism. After several years working in journalism Jamie turned his skills into a woodworking and started a bespoke furniture business. Lara previously worked as an economist and stockbroker. As Jamie & Lara started a family their priorities changed and they decided to change direction and work together establishing Burnside Organic Farm. That was 21 years ago, in 1997.
They have three young adult sons. Two are studying and one has his own online personal strength coaching business. They all come back regularly to help with seasonal work, like pruning the vineyard. At different times guests will be hosted by Max, Ned or Dan as they help. The original vineyard is called “Three Boys Vineyard”, in their honour. Hours spent playing in the dirt paid off and now they are all hard working experienced cellar hands and viticultural workers.
Jamie and Lara enjoy doing volunteer work and being involved with community and school groups. They are also pleased to be involved with the Margaret River Farmers’ Market, the Bush Fire Brigade, Margaret River TAFE and Fair Harvest
Jamie & Lara both work full time on the property farming, making and selling wine and looking after guests staying in the bungalows. They also devote time to growing food for their family. Jamie and Lara are self-sufficient in meat, eggs, vegetables, fruit, honey and wine. Lara makes cheese from milk from a neighbour’s diary. This did not happen quickly and continues to be an enjoyable journey, with lots of planning, physical work and time commitment.
The farm has been certified organic and biodynamic with Australian Certified Organic for over 16 years. Jamie and Lara are also members of Demeter Australia
When relaxing they like to do anything that involves the natural outside environment, food, wine, friends, community and fun; surfing, stand up paddling, diving, mountain bike riding, walking, cooking and preserving food.
They enjoy sharing their special farm in Margaret River and can help you plan your perfect holiday. Please don’t hesitate to email Jamie & Lara for personal advice.