Growing More Than Grass

By Heather Kidd

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It used to be that behind every chisel-jawed, No 8-wired Kiwi farmer stood a good woman. But how those times have changed. The New Zealand rural landscape of the 21 century now features many enterprising women engaged in making a living off the land in their own right. Growing More Than Grass showcases 20 of these interesting individuals. There's Monique Neeson, city born and bred, a former hairdresser now living at Tokirima in the King Country heartland. Poor wool prices encouraged Monique and her mother-in-law Lyn to look at how they could make things better for themselves, ShearWarmth, a business making and sell 100 per cent natural wool blankets, the fleece sourced from their own farm, their answer. University graduate Sarah Higgins is a fulltime shearer who operates her own shearing gang in the Marlborough region. The thwarted artistic ambitions of Jacquie Haseldene’s female ancestors is the inspiration behind this Waikato artist’s haunting installations. Peter Jackson’s location scout turning up at a farm seeking permission to film scenes for the movie ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ has resulted in Suzie Denise running Hairy Feet Tours on her family’s Piopio property. Successful businesswomen Georgia Richards and Dot Kettle quit their fast-paced life in Wellington and bought a hundred acres in the Dove Valley near Nelson, some of which they planted in peonies. Having discovered the amazing healing properties of the peony root, this resourceful couple are now creating a range of natural products. Further chapters tell the stories of a cheese-maker, the founder of the Agri-Women’s Development Trust, a Young Maori Farmer of theYear, whisky maker, publisher, lavender farmer, cycle tour operator and more … Growing More Than Grass is a book about wonderfully talented, vivacious women who are proud to be rural.

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Heather Kidd

Heather Kidd has been writing for as long as she can remember. On the day she completed theWellington Polytechnic Journalism course she told one of her tutors she planned to have her first book published before she turned 30. She was right, with her novel published six weeks before that milestone birthday.The majority of Heather's career has been as a sportswriter. Starting out as a freelancer, she then worked for weekly magazine Rugby News before moving to Ireland with her family. What was supposed to be a two-year stint became 13 years and during that time she worked as a sports feature writer and sub editor for the Irish Examiner. Upon her return home she became chief sub editor for Next magazine before being appointed editor of golf magazine, The Cut, a position she held for nine years.Heather is the author of five books, including Titch, the biography of New Zealand Sevens coach Gordon Tietjens, and My Life in Golf Inspirational Kiwi Stories. She is well qualified to pen Growing More Than Grass having spent the first ten years of married life on a King Country farm. Heather and her husband Murray live in the Bay of Plenty. The couple have two sons, Sam and Ben.