2012 GOALS and 2011 GOALS REVIEW

Back in December of last year I wrote a post on our 2011 goals; things we wanted to accomplish for the year. We did okay, some plans changed throughout the year and others still need to be accomplished.

  • Get breeding hogs – we decided not to do this since we found a local farm that raises pasture hogs and sells piglets for a reasonable amount.
  • Finish additional stall in barn – done
  • Build milking room – done
  • Expand hog pens – done
  • Plant ½ acre of vegetables – in progress, its probably closer to 1/3 of an acre but will still be plenty for the CSA, Farmers Market and our own use.
  • Add 10 more fruit trees and 10 more fruit bushes – we need about 4 more fruit trees and 8 more berry bushes.
  • Raise enough meat to feed ourselves (chickens, goats and hogs) – done, I haven’t bought meat in the last 6 months.
  • Put up enough veggies to last through winter – didn’t work out as well as I had planned. we have enough salsa, jam and tomato sauce to last us but would like to have more canned and fermented vegetables.
  • Plant 50 grape plants – I tried to root a bunch of cuttings last year but it doesn’t look like any of them are going to grow. We’ll be tackling this project again this year.

For 2012 we’ll be finishing up some of the projects that we intended to do last year; grapes, more fruit/nut trees/bushes and growing all of our own produce, as well as tackling some new projects. Most of our projects this year will be “infrastructure” projects like fencing and repairs/upgrades on existing structures. As well as planting certain things and utilizing more earth friendly measures around the house. I think on the first of every month I’ll give you an updated status of our progress so you can hold me accountable.

  • Fence goat pasture/garden
  • Repair barn siding and paint(?)
  • Plant 10 more fruit trees
  • Plant 20 berry bushes
  • Plant 100 strawberry plants
  • Start herb garden
  • Plant grapes – at least 30
  • I also have some “resolutions” that I’ve already started. Including:
  • Use only herbal medicines
  • Make all our soaps, detergents & cleaning supplies
  • Save seeds from our crops grown, for use next year
  • Eat only vegetables from the garden or farmers market
  • Purchase only from locally owned/operated business (no box stores)
  • Lose weight (I snuck that in there)

So, there you have it.

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