1. Take the “big” chicken house down to the studs, and replace all the walls and doors. Less of a goal, more of a We HAVE to Do This; chunks of wall are falling off in all this rain.
2. Pigs – we’ve committed to raising 2 (or 3) weaners to market size, keeping one side for our own freezer, have pre-sold 2 more, any takers for the other 3 sides? The goal is just to do the learning curve on this whole process, with electric fence, the critters themselves, getting a feel for whether this is something that fits for us.
3. Doubling our broiler sales. This means growing out about 2oo birds. Unless we build another field shelter and rustle up more customers, then we could surpass our goal!
4. Doubling our production of soft apple cider. And trying to time it with the end of the pear crop, so we can mix some pear juice in, which should sweeten it up a little.
5. Grad for the eldest daughter. The goal is for us to survive what is shaping up to be a stressful month in June. For her too, of course.
6. The last big family trip. Number one daughter will be working and training for her new career next year, so we think this is our last chance to travel all four together. We’ve got a couple places in mind, any one of which will be amazing, but we need to know when my gall bladder surgery will be. Also, we cannot do it too close to June, see goal #5. We also have to work around the arrival of the weaners, which depends on which sow we get them from – sometime between Feb and April. Goal: get booked for surgery.
7. Get a third vegetable bed into production, so we can start rotating crops better. This is tractor work that will have to wait for late spring, if we don’t want huge wheel ruts everywhere. We’re looking at 100 ft by 10ft.
8. Use our bikes for local errands (library, quick grocery run, bank, etc).
9. Finish clearing blackberries from around the little hen house (we only cleared one side this year. There is rhubarb under there somewhere, or there used to be.
10. Begin replacing perimeter fenceposts. We haven’t costed this out yet, but it’s on the to do list.
Tree planting didn’t make this list, but it probably should have. Also earthquake readiness – we have a bare bones kit, but it’s not all in one place and needs some updating, as well as some water. A truck remains on my list, if no one else’s. And another cat or two, to keep the mice at bay. Hubby is making noises about a hoop house. Goals or dreams? I’ll stick with the 10 above for now, and see how we do.
Happy New Year!