Yesterday, I shared my 3 best tips for setting successful goals in your own homestead situation.
Today, I wanted to do a quick re-cap of last year’s goals. As you can see, not everything always happens quite like we expect, and that’s ok! There were several of my 2011 goals that got de-prioritized simply because unexpected projects popped up.
You’ll find my brand new list of 2012 goals at the bottom of this post.
My Old 2011 Goals:
1. Acquire dairy kefir grains- didn’t happen!
2. Acquire water kefir grains– I am happy to say that I did get some water kefir grains and experimented with them quite a bit last year. I’m still working on mastering the process and flavor combos that we like, but so far, so good. 3. Purchase/make/or improvise a cheese press– I did improvise a cheese press that I used once. However it was cumbersome and not efficient.
4. Make cheddar– I made one batch and though it was edible, it wasn’t great… Once I get a different cheese press set-up, I plan to try this again!
6. Figure out how to make a edible round, rustic, primarily whole wheat, sourdough loaf of bread– eh, not yet… But, I have to admit, I did kind of quit trying after a while… 😉
7. Acquire a wheat grinder- I got a Nutrimill for Christmas last year and use it frequently!
8. Make lacto-fermented ketchup- Nope, not yet!
9. Make lacto-fermented mayo- Nope, not yet!
10. Purchase at least one (maybe two) calves for butchering in 2012– Yes! We purchased our first milk cow in April of 2011 (that was something was NOT on the original list!) She gave us a beautiful calf, and we ended up with another Jersey heifer calf this fall. 11. Get rid of our old, worn out hens and purchase a new flock of chicks early in the spring. Yes! We brought 15 chicks home in March- a mixture of Barred Rocks, New Hampshire Reds, and Arucanas. I also picked up 2 roosters off of craigslist.org this summer.
12. Figure out a way to incorporate more free ranging or organic feed for our chickens. Eh, yes and no. I finally started being able to free-range this summer after doing a little dog training. *a-hem*. That has significantly reduced our feed bill. However, I have yet to find organic feed or try making my own. And when the chicken coop gate gets blown shut, they are stuck in their run…
13. Try some new vegetables in the garden and experiment with some new techniques. Yes and no. Tried a few different varities, but didn’t go crazy. And my pea trellis was a flop (literally).
14. Beefing up our food storage as much as possible this year. Another yes and no… I scrounged up lots of free plastic buckets this year and filled them with all kinds of bulk grains. I also started buying extra canned goods and non-perishable items whenever I made a trip to town. Our food storage is no where where I would *like* it to be, but it’s a start.
15. Make soap. No! I bought all the ingredients, but haven’t made any yet. I’m dying to start, though!
2012 Homestead Goals
Many of these are transfers from last year’s list. We’ll give them another try and see how it goes!
1. Buy/make a cheese press and work towards perfecting my cheddar method.
2. Expand our garden and garden fence.
(Our current garden spot)
3. Research and start making my own chicken feed.
4. Make soap (!!).
5. Make homemade lotion.
6. Remodel part of our basement into an office area.
7. Remodel and paint the chicken coop. (But, I will practice flexibility if this doesn’t happen again this year. ;))
8. Plant a raspberry patch on the side of our house.
9. Start researching root cellars.
As a fresh new year begins for all of us, I can’t help but be excited for the potential that lies in the upcoming months of 2012!
So, I wanna hear it– what are YOUR homestead goals for 2012?