Itching for a change, city girl Philippa Jamieson quits her cosy job in Dunedin to travel around New Zealand on the WWOOF scheme Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms Over the course of two and a half years she volunteers at 40 locations market gardens, livestock farms, communes many of which truly lie in the wild and hairy yonder Along the way Philippa meets aItching for a change, city girl Philippa Jamieson quits her cosy job in Dunedin to travel around New Zealand on the WWOOF scheme Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms Over the course of two and a half years she volunteers at 40 locations market gardens, livestock farms, communes many of which truly lie in the wild and hairy yonder Along the way Philippa meets a bevy of diverse characters the irrepressible farm host who s built his own coffin with a limerick for an epitaph Green Party co leader Jeanette Fitzsimons and many , not forgetting Thelma the goat Some of our unsung heroes can be found in these pages forward thinking Kiwis who are quietly working away at producing healthy food without toxins, saving heirloom crop varieties, practising self sufficiency and improving the soil for the next generation Informative, entertaining and affectionate, The Wild Green Yonder offers inspiration to anyone with a yen for life s positive alternatives, as well as a unique view on where organic farming is at in New Zealand today.
The Wild Green Yonder Ten Seasons Volunteering on New Zealand s Organic Farms Itching for a change city girl Philippa Jamieson quits her cosy job in Dunedin to travel around New Zealand on the WWOOF scheme Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms Over the course of two and a h
The Wild Green Yonder is a gentle read, spiced occasionally with self deprecating humour, and sometimes, downright ironic NZ wit.Philippa takes us on a two and half year tour with her as she WWOOFs her way around New Zealand WWOOFing is the participation in a scheme Worldwide Opportunities On Organic Farms to stay with and experience working on organic farms Accommodation and keep are free in exchange for an official four hours work per day We get to run around a paddock with Philippa in her hil [...]
this is a great book very readable, informative, personal and at times humorous rather than a strictly chronologically account her journey of three years travelling and wwoofing around nz, philippa structured the book around recurring themes and topics, making it into a sort of resource book as well as the story of her experiences anyone who is interested in organic gardening and farming, healthy lifestyles, heritage seeds or the WWOOFing movement will find this a useful and enjoyable read bias [...]
Inspiring book An autobiography of a woman who gave up her busy job and life to travel around New Zealand and work on organic farms as a WWOOFer She meets some amazing characters along the way farmers, food producers, herbalists and visionaries and accounts her inner and other journeys along the way This book will make you want to ditch in your job and just hit the road.
This is an enjoyable wander through a couple of years in the life of a wwoofa in New Zealand.The book is an informative way to gather information about organics as well a feel for the lifestyle Philippa Jamieson led as she stayed at different places This makes it a useful book for anyone considering this lifestyle The writer is open minded and thoughtful as she deals with a myriad of situations She is not looking for scandal and high drama The back cover describes the book as informative, entert [...]
I ordered this book thinking that it would be mostly about the joys of WOOFing and living independently with no real home and only the clothes in your backpack While it did touch on these issues, it was mostly about the details of organic farmer I admit that now I know a lot about biodynamics and what exactly organic farmer entails, but that wasn t what I was hopeing to read about This book would be great for readers interested in the specifics, but not if you want a backpacker adventure novel.
Interesting enough read Good to get a feel for what WWOOFing entails I found it quite repetitive and a bit boring to be honest There s only so many descriptions of letterboxes, native bush and cow tongues that I can read