In addition to adventure, the river and sea also offer the smallholder free food, from crabs and cuttlefish to eels and pike, for fantastic fishy feasts. Plus, the beach is a great place for a party and to find seaweed fertilizer.
From how to buy a pig, to how to make a dry-cured bacon and hams, this is a guide to all things piggy. Hugh also brings us up to date on his beloved breeding sow Delia, who he has even trained to hunt for truffles.
Hugh recalls his initiation into the rural Dorset community around River Cottage. Included: a posh dinner at the manor house; and a riotous evening at the local Cider Shed. Also: helpful hints on entertaining River Cottage style.
Hugh explains why wild food, both plants and animals, should always be a prime part of the smallholders diet, as he learns how to hunt for rabbits, deer and pigeons. Also: how to gather edible wild plants.
Hugh recalls how he learned new rural skills such as hedge-laying, charcoal-making and mouse charming, and immersed himself in bizarre local antics, such as the annual nettle-eating competition and the Dorset sport of pumpkin guddling.