Homesteading Goals for 2014

We aren’t big new years resolution people.  We’d rather set some small attainable goals to work towards over the course of the year (you can read more about that HERE).  Think of it as our yearly to-do list, man I love crossing things off a to-do list.

Our overall goal for life here on Half Moon Farm is to be as self-sufficient and sustainable as possible.  In order to get closer to that goal in 2014 we’ve planned out the following “to-do list”.  

Build a new chicken coop
It is time to make the ladies a more permanent home.  The little shed coop has served them well but they spent all summer pecking away at my garden and we’ve lost 2 to hawks so its time to make things a bit more secure.  We’re hoping to build a coop separate from the shed with a penned in outdoor run.  This will give them plenty of space to run around, peck at the ground, and be happy chickens.  It will also keep them out of the driveway, away from my tomatoes, and protected from hawks.  We’ll all be happy…well except for the hawks. 

Expand the garden
We’ve been making do with two big raised beds for the last two years but we’re ready to get serious about gardening.  We’ll keep the raised beds (1 is full of garlic at the moment) but add a couple of plowed rows along side.  We’re also planning on putting up a good sized fence around the whole thing,  the chickens aren’t the only ones helping themselves.  

Learn to grow new plants
With the new garden comes plenty of space to try some new things.  I’m hoping to get comfortable with a few new veggies and even some flowers this year.  The master plan is still in the works so expect a blog post when I’ve got it all figured out. 

Sell eggs and perhaps a bit more
The ladies are laying in full force, we’re averaging 5 eggs a day right now and that will increase as it gets warmer.  We’ve sold a few dozen here and there to friends but this year we’d like to get a bit more of a business going.  We’re also planning on planting some simple flowers (zinnias and the like) and selling cut flowers along with the eggs at a stand by our driveway.  It’s not much but it’s a good place to start.

We’re always been the kind of people to dream big but we are realistic enough to know that it takes time and that we are better off taking things one little step at a time.  What little steps are you taking toward your goals this year? 

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