On my list of MUST READS for 2023. An inspirational memoir from the authors of Every Bastard Says No about the peaks and troughs of a life in the high country.
In 2017 the Ross family left behind their inner-city lives in Auckland and their successful vodka business, 42 Below, to follow their dreams of a life on the land.
Risk-takers and innovators, when they bought the run-down 6500-hectare high-country sheep station at Lake Hawea, they embarked on a journey of discovery to rewrite long-held farming principles and ask whether sustainability could also be profitable. If we look after the land, will it look after us?
Life in the mountainous landscape of the Main Divide isn’t for the faint hearted. But despite the freezing winters and scorching summer heat, the demands of fitting in with the locals and managing 10,000 merino sheep, the Ross family has never looked back.
‘A fascinating and rollicking read’ Al Brown
‘An essential book about what successful and sustainable farming can look like’ Helen Clark
‘The honest portrayal of the Ross’s farming journey shares many similarities to passionate NZ farming families who are all searching for intergenerational identity, relevance, and prosperity in the face of rapid change’ Sarah Perriam