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A call to arms from Patrice Newell who has dedicated her life to land management at Elmswood in the Hunter Valley.

In an era of rapid climate change, this vital account of how agriculture can address major issues is an Australian story with global ramifications. Patrice is at the frontline of enormous challenges, from water scarcity and land stewardship to food security and the rural-urban divide. The devastation of drought and the crises created by industrial-scale chemically-dependent primary production are discussed and alternatives proposed – along with bold ideas for new sources of energy.

Patrice has travelled the world exploring best practice and invested heavily in organic methods on her farm. She believes we can produce enough good food to feed the world without further environmental wreckage or loss of bio-diversity. With glimpses of the individuals who make working the farm so rewarding, Who's Minding the Farm? provides a window into the pains, pleasures and politics of life on the land, and promotes new ways of thinking, no matter where you live.

Who’s minding the farm? A shared responsibility for us all.


A heartwarming informative and engaging account of sustainable farming down under.

Tim Flannery

Patrice Newell's account of life on the family farm in this era of climate change is as evocative as ever, but written with new urgency. This is the raw, unadulterated truth for all of us to absorb, because this is as basic as it gets. The future for our land and our food.

Kerry O'Brien

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Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback


    June 18, 2019

    Viking Australia

    304 pages

    RRP $40.00

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  • EBook


    June 18, 2019

    Penguin eBooks

    304 pages

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  • Audio Download


    June 18, 2019

    Penguin AU Audio Adult

    RRP $35.00

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