Turn the doom and gloom into a better, more enjoyable way of living. Want to eat better, save money, work those muscles without the treadmill, know where your food comes from? This could be the new, recession-proof you! Five years ago Michael Kelly chucked in the corporate life to try his hand at ‘the good life’. It’s been the most rewarding thing he has ever done – and you could do it too. Make your back (or front) garden work for you, or maybe an allotment? Based on his own, sometimes hilarious experiences, Michael shares what he’s learned, taking us through the year on his small home farm. Included: what to grow and when. What’s worth it? What’s not? Hens and pigs – the ups and downs. Cooking and storing your bounty. The health benefits – physical and mental. Linking up with others – food swapping and markets, and the return of the meitheal, an Irish co-operative labor system.