Review: Through the Farm Gate by Angela Goode

Title: Through the Farm Gate: Life on the Land

Author: Angela Goode

Published: Allen & Unwin December 2013

Status: Read from November 22 to 24, 2013 — I own a copy {Courtesy the publisher}

My Thoughts:

Through the Farm Gate: A Life on the Land is a memoir by Angela Goode, journalist, farmer and mother. Despite the excitement of her city life, Angela willingly gives it up when she meets and marries cattle breeder, Charlie Goode. She had always yearned to live on a farm after spending many childhood summers at the properties of family friends, and looked forward to the romance of fresh air and wholesome country goodness. Angela’s enthusiasm is barely dented by the reality of farming – early mornings, hard work and financial penury – and quickly settles in at Nyroca, the 10,000-acre sheep and cattle property in Adelaide where Charlie manages the largest Murray Grey stud in Australia.

In between raising her four daughters, baking and the occasional muster, Goode resurrects her journalism career in those early years by writing a column for the state paper about country life. At first the articles are lighthearted anecdotes about Angela’s attempt to fit in to her new environment but soon her columns begin to address more serious issues such as land and animal management, in a attempt to inform her city readership about the realities of rural Australian life.

Over the next few decades, Goode grows increasingly concerned by what she sees as the divide between city and country especially as the farming sector rides a wave of financial boom and bust, drought, flood and fire. We follow her family as they move from stud to stud, facing various challenges, all while they dream of one day owning their own land.

Angela’s honest account of farming life is an eye opening journey for the suburban inhabitants who have lost touch with the vital role primary producers play in society. Goode tries to bridge the gap between the two worlds by sharing the reality of managing the nations most valuable resources. It is perhaps a little preachy at times but Goode writes sensibly about complex issues such as sheep crutching, the use of pesticides and the vagaries of government policies.

I found Through the Farm Gate to be a thought provoking and well written memoir about Goode’s experiences of life in regional Australia, her love for the land, and her passion for uniting city and country for the mutual benefit of both.

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One Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Angela Goode
    Dec 03, 2013 @ 18:11:58

    Thank you for the review Shelleyrae! I am delighted you enjoyed the book.

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