Our Official Homestead Goals for 2013

by Angela aka Farmer Jane on January 20, 2013 · 4 comments

Over the last few weeks, Dom and I have had time to think about our goals for 2013. We finally nailed down the projects we’ve decided to make a priority this year, and we’re pretty excited about all the possibilities.

After narrowing down the list to attainable measurable goals, we felt much more optimistic about being able to commit to a time table/deadline.

An ongoing homestead goal for each year is to add at least one new type of livestock to our micro-farm.

So, Here’s our official goals for 2013 starting with livestock:

1. Add bees and worms as this year’s livestock.

  • Finishing building top bar beehives
  • Order new bee loving perennials and herbs
  • Build worm boxes
  • Order bees and worms

2. Build permanent duck habitat and house

3. Successfully propagate over 100 fruit trees from our tree stock. This list includes taking cuttings from the following trees and plants:

  • 7 apple trees
  • 4 plum trees
  • 4 fig trees
  • 1 pomegranate
  • 4 grape
  • 1 blueberry
  • 1 blackberry
  • 1 rose hip
  • 2 apricot
  • 2 mulberry
  • 1 western soapberry
  • 2 crab apple
  • 3 peach
  • 2 elderberry
  • 5 cherry trees
  • 1 sandcherry
  • 1 small leaf sumac
  • 2 pear tree
  • 2 nectarine

4. Repair greenhouse and continue to collect items needed to start mini-aquaponics

5. Save $2,300 to invest in a family cow for 2014

6. Start making our own cheeses

7. Reorganize kitchen to make way for our official cottage kitchen:

  • Design built-in drawer organizers for utensils
  • Utilize mudroom upper cabinets for cottage business supplies
  • Make kitchen even more user friendly and efficient than it already is
  • Have our kitchen inspected by Health Department

8. Invest in a serger for our new product line to be revealed in fall of 2013

9. Build hugelkulturs to prepare for new fruit trees

10. Plant 5 Sycamore trees

11. Complete Passive Solar Heating Project

12. Collect parts and supplies for Solar water heater (water heater project is for 2014)

13. Collect parts and supplies for Walipini greenhouse (unsure whether we’ll build in 2013)

14. Complete our bedroom makeover

15. Complete Simone’s bedroom makeover

16. Plan a small kitchen garden this year. Because we’re building hugelkulturs all over the property, we won’t be able to plan any large scale garden plans.

17. We’ll be concentrating on allowing the drakes, chickens and rooster to forage the property, eating up all weeds and weed seeds this year. Our ducks will be contained in their habitat and house. We have already registered to sell our eggs, now we just need to get them to stop hiding them so they can earn their keep. ;)

18. Have a Controlled Burn Party. What’s that? That’s where we invite our pyro-loving desert dwelling friends and neighbors over to help us burn our massive supply of tumbleweeds in preparation of building hugelkulturs.

19. Have our first annual Wine and Cheese Tasting get-together

20. Indulge in a decadent Nine year Anniversary Dinner:

  • Fresh Oysters
  • Caviar (we haven’t decided which kind…but it will probably be cured by yours truly!)
  • Foie Gras Touchon
  • Roast duck (yes fresh from our farm)
  • Roasted potatoes (the kids aren’t crazy about foie gras yet and I can guarantee caviar and oysters won’t be a hit either…that just means more for us!)
  • Brussels sprouts braised in butter and garlic (heavenly)
  • Some sort of amazing salad
  • A few close friends  :)

If we’re successful in completing all 20 goals, we’ll add the next tier of priorities and update this post.

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Melonie K. January 20, 2013 at 1:55 pm

Oh my – you guys are so organized in your planning. I love it! And soooo many glorious things in your future. YAY!


Angela aka Farmer Jane January 20, 2013 at 4:17 pm

Thanks Melonie,

I think we’re most excited about the cow. Go figure, that’s not for another year. But all these are very reachable goals.


Michelle Meaders January 21, 2013 at 1:16 am

What made you decide on a cow instead of goats? That’s a lot of feed, and a lot of milk to process every day!


Angela aka Farmer Jane January 21, 2013 at 7:34 am

Hi Michelle,

We do want to get milk goats as well, but the investment is substantially less and we wouldn’t need to save excessively for it throughout this year. We’ll be starting up a goat and cow share program which will help us and others get raw milk and cheeses. It’s the first step to running a larger cow share program for us. Raw cow or goat milk and organic raw milk are very expensive. Organic butter, cream and cheese? Too expensive for us to afford. But we do have the space for a cow and the experience in caring for one, so I guess our logic is that its better to make our own milk (and sell shares) so others in our community can also benefit. :)


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