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.
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
Michael Kelly is a freelance contributor to The Irish Times. He writes columns including `My Big Week' and `What's On' for the Irish Times Magazine, `A New Life' in the Health supplement and `The Irishman's Diary'. His column `Giving Up' in the Irish Times Magazine saw him forsake each week some of the essentials of modern life electricity, mobile phone, shaving, coffee etc. He also writes for The Gloss magazine (the Urban Farmer column and Restaurant Spy). He has appeared on The Dave Fanning Show, Mooney Goes Wild and Seoige and O'Shea. He previously worked in the I.T. industry.