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EMMA ALBERICI, PRESENTER: Many people dream of turning their backs on the hustle and bustle of city life and escaping to a quieter life in the bush.

But Rohan Anderson didn't just dream about it, he acted and became a modern day hunter-gatherer living off the land.

Now his blog "Whole Larder Love", which encourages people to reconnect with nature. has become a global hit.

Hamish Fitzsimmons reports.

HAMISH FITZSIMMONS, REPORTER: Just over a decade ago Rohan Anderson had something of an epiphany. He was on the steady claim as a buyer for a major supermarket chain but decided there was more to life than the corporate fast lane.

ROHAN ANDERSON, WHOLE LARDER LOVE, AUTHOR: That complex system made me want to look for something a lot more simplistic.

HAMISH FITZSIMMONS: That involved moving to the country and learning how to grow, gather and hunt for the food that would feed his family.

ROHAN ANDERSON: I had to teach myself a lot of things along the way, whether that be hunting or new fishing skills or foraging what was safe to eat out in the wild. So all those little food adventures happened over a longer period of time.

HAMISH FITZSIMMONS: A few years ago, Rohan Anderson started a blog, Whole Larder Love, which documented his new life. It's touched a nerve worldwide, connecting with legions of people, inspiring blogs and informing magazine articles that reflect the desire to document cooking and camping experiences.

ROHAN ANDERSON: Whether it is vegetables in your back garden or it's fly fishing on a river for trout, people have missed that. People have been divorced from nature for so many years that people are so excited about the concept of going back and learning to have a relationship with nature again.

HAMISH FITZSIMMONS: This Ballarat based hunter-gatherer has now published a book, sharing his thoughts, experiences and recipes.

ROHAN ANDERSON: Weeds living in weeds, they are. A lot of people are not getting satisfied. They're not getting that natural satisfaction. They're living very very busy structured, rigid lives. They've lost the connection to nature.

People can look at my life and I love sharing with people because it can get people interested in doing things that are outdoors.

HAMISH FITZSIMMONS: While he's a dab hand in the veggie patch, it is the catch and kill your own aspect of your life that's let to Rohan Anderson being labelled a redneck with a green thumb.

ROHAN ANDERSON: For men in particular there's an attraction doing something that's not just going to a desk and earning money. It is about getting your hands dirty and doing something that's got some of a primeval feel to it, I suppose.

HAMISH FITZSIMMONS: When some people look at Rohan's bucolic blog, he's told it is an unattainable dream. But he maintains anyone can have a go at his idea of the good life.

ROHAN ANDERSON: I made the choice to stop relying on supermarkets and to jump in the car or to go out and grab my food from the wild or to grow it in my backyard. I was an urbanite, complete urbanite but I was living an existence of somebody that could have been living in a village 200 years ago in the country. So it is totally feasible. It is totally possible.

HAMISH FITZSIMMONS: Hamish Fitzsimmons, Lateline.