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Real Dirt

Real Dirt: How I Beat My Grid-Life Crisis

James Woodford

It took James Woodford a while to realise that the greasy pole of big-city ambition was not for him. To rediscover the environmentalist he’d aspired to be when he was young, and to get his family out of the city.

But eventually they made it: to the wildly beautiful south coast of New South Wales and a sustainable, self-sufficient, solar-powered lifestyle on 120 acres. No house? They’d build one. Land grazed down and eroding into the lake? Fix it up with some love and hard work…coax it to yield home-grown vegies…plant orchards, raise chooks…a humungous worm farm…How hard could it be?

Real Dirt is the most personal book yet from the award-winning author of The Wollemi Pine and The Secret Life of Wombats. The true story of a sea-change, the life that led there—and what you have to go through to get where you want to be.

James Woodford
About the Author

James Woodford is a science and environment writer for the Sydney Morning Herald. In 1996 he won the Eureka Prize for environmental journalism, and was awarded the prestigious Michael Daley prize for science journalism in 1996 and 1997. His hugely entertaining book on wombats, The Secret Life of Wombats, won the Royal Zoological Society of NSW...

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272 pp
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29 September 2008
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    ISBN: 9781921834936
    29 September 2008
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