James Woodford

Lots of people dream of making a ‘sea change’ to escape the rat race of the city. Some people even do it.

But how many leave with the intention of living sustainably? To live on the land, grow their own food, generate their own power and water, and even restore their new patch closer to its original, natural state. James Woodford and his family are working on just that.

Audio: Interview with James Woodford about his new book ‘Real Dirt’.

And no, James isn’t a hippy. He loves sushi as much as any inner-city dweller, and for a long time was an ambitious journalist with the Sydney Morning Herald.

Just how he came to be living on a beautiful stretch of the South Coast and slaughtering his own chooks is documented in his new book ‘Real Dirt: how I beat my grid-life crisis’. It’s a very personal account of “what you have to go through to get to where you want to be.”

I read it and got decidedly itchy feet myself. I then spoke with James by phone – at the place he now proudly calls home.

Buy the book through Text Publishing.

Photo: James Woodford, environment journalist and “footprint changer”, at his home on the South Coast of New South Wales. 

Phil Stubbs

Blogger, Podcaster, Producer at The Environment Show

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