With the dawn of a new decade it seems appropriate to talk goals. I don't really get into the "resolutions" thing, but instead aim for more of a checklist with steady improvement being the target. So, our farm oriented goals for 2020 look something like this...
1. Add more poultry. Much of our flock is on the aged side, so it's time to add some new cluckers to the crew. I've also had the hankering for some time for a solid flock of "guard" geese. If you have ever been chased by a ticked off goose, you know why these feathered creatures are nearly better security than any dog or donkey.
2. Learn this amazing Leclerc loom. Back in October, I found a great deal on a Leclerc floor loom. We brought it home, unloaded it and it has sat sentry in my living room daring me to start warping it since then. Definitely a conversation piece, but one that needs to be more functional.
3. Promote our Angora rabbit fiber. Last summer, we invested in a pair of English Angora does with the intent of harvesting their wool for marketing to spinners and other fiber enthusiasts. They are glorious little creatures if you like an overwhelming amount of fluffy, functional cuteness. Fluff aside, they produce some amazing garden compost too! Secondary goal with them is to expand the rabbitry as we start earning sales.
4. Have a successful goat kidding season. We finally bred our Nubian does to our junior Nubian buck and look forward to our first kidding season about early April. If all goes well, we expect to be enjoying all the benefits of fresh goats milk in 2020 and will have some lovely kids for sale.
5. Get that garden growing! Our winter garden is well underway, but we have three more large semi-raised beds to revamp and cultivate for the coming season. This will take a lot of elbow grease, but I can't wait to enjoy all the benefits of fresh, homegrown organic produce and cut flowers with a better plan for the 2020-21 growing season.
6. Homeschool 2020-21. This is a biggie for us! After lots of consideration, homeschooling seems the best way forward for us. We lead a rather unique horsing/homesteading/working lifestyle and I can only think the Kiddo's education will flourish being made more a part of that environment than a traditional classroom. Wish us luck!
7. Join our local Farmers Market. For years we have enjoyed the benefits of shopping our local farmers market, but this year I would like to take it to the next level and become a vendor ourselves. Our vegetables, free range eggs and cut flowers aside, I see lots of opportunity to capitalize on our artistic talents and take the opportunity to utilize materials (lumber, architectural reclaim, paper crafting, jewelry making etc.) we've had stashed for years.
These are the "Big Goals" so to speak. We won't even discuss (now) all the peripheral small goals around the house and with the horses that will keep us going too. What's that thing about no rest for the weary? So, onwards y'all! Here's to 2020!
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