Homestead Goals for 2017


It's that time again. Time to dream and start putting pen to paper and writing down those new years goals. Here are my goals for 2017.

Whew! 2016 is almost over and 2017 is about to begin. So many people I know are hoping and praying that this coming year will be better than the last. While I know that every year will have it's good times and bad the end of each year still brings with it the hope for a better year than before. 

Now that we are getting ready to enter our 2nd year homesteading (YAY) I feel it's important to set some goals going in to 2017. We didn't this year and I regret that because I feel like we could have done better if we had written down ideas and thoughts and goals to achieve.


Now we feel that we did pretty good this past year even if we were mostly flying by the seat of our pants. In truth, as a homesteader, goals and plans often change because well, life. Life happens and some things you just can't plan for. Something might eat your ducks, or maybe the weather doesn't cooperate and the garden doesn't yield as much as you would have liked. Those things you just have to shake off and keep going.

This year though I'm taking the time to sit down and write some goals for 2017. This will be a broader view of our goals and each month I will use these goals to sit down and plan out goals on a monthly basis. They also won't be set in stone because every once in awhile goals need to change and I want to be flexible about that.


It's that time again. Time to dream and start putting pen to paper and writing down those new years goals. Here are my goals for 2017.


My 2017 Homestead Goals-

Add poultry- 

We haven't had birds since the end of last summer so we are wanting to add some before too long. I'd really like to have some layers and a turkey but we also want to raise some meat birds as well. Maybe do two different batches of meaties. We don't know for sure how we want to do this simply because we are limited by how many birds we can have at one time and growing small numbers of birds won't provide enough meat for an entire year so the plans for this are still up in the air.

Permaculture-

We have been fascinated with the concept of permaculture since we attended a small talk at a conference this past fall. Since then we've been reading and watching vlogs on permaculture. We love the idea and plan to start implementing the idea into our homestead. Baby steps though, because we rent we won't be able to jump in all the way. I don't really want to start planting a bunch of fruit trees I'll never get to enjoy however we are considering getting some started in pots. 

Rabbits-

This one is still on the hesitant list. Mostly because we aren't 100% sold on them. We like that they are a fast turn around meat source but they are cute and fluffy and yeah I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around it. I'm almost there but my daughters who have their 4H rabbits aren't.

It's that time again. Time to dream and start putting pen to paper and writing down those new years goals. Here are my goals for 2017.


Garden-

We would really like to expand the garden this year. We had a good start last year and most of our garden was experimental to see what we could grow. Now that we have a better understanding of it, planning this next year will go a bit more smoothly. We will focus more on what grows well here as well as explore the idea of expanding the growing season through cold frames and hoop houses. We've already put down a lasagna garden to extend the garden out about another 4 feet and I'm excited to see how it all comes together.

Eating Local-

This may be the hardest goal we have but we want to eat more locally produced food sources. We know our garden and meat options won't be enough to sustain us so we want to look to local farmers and markets to make up the remainder of the meat and vegetables we need for food.

Home Skills-

Canning- This year we invested in a canner and I learned how to pressure can vegetables. I also came to love canning and watching the food that we grew or purchased from farmers markets turn into a shelf stable substance that would feed my family. This next year I want to put up even more and expand my canning knowledge. 

Sewing- I want to learn how to sew. I've done simple little things here and there but haven't gotten around to learning how to really sew. My first big project clothing wise was a robe for Mr Homestead for Christmas and the process made me realize that being able to sew was a skill I wanted to hone. Next year is as good a time to start as any.

Sustainability-

We've really made progress with how much waste we produce but I know that we can do better. This next year we want to continue to minimize waste and use renewable options when available. Buying in bulk and local are at the top of our list as well as buying used items over new as often as we can. Reusable gift and food bags are also on our list. 

It's that time again. Time to dream and start putting pen to paper and writing down those new years goals. Here are my goals for 2017.

This is our list of goals so far. It already seems like a lot so I will be breaking each of these goals down into more detailed specifics as well as when I'd like to reach those goals. I also am planning on sitting down about mid year in order to go over our goals again and assess what is working and what isn't. If a goal becomes too much I may break it down smaller or even cross it off the list until a later date. 

I wish you all a joyous new year! May it be everything you dream of. May the good outnumber the bad and may we strive to see the good in spite of the bad. 

Happy New Year my friends!

SJ


What are your goals for 2017?





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