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Farm 101

Now that 2011 is ending and 2012 is about to begin, I thought I should revisit our farm mission101 list. I don't know that I've updated it since we first made it a year and a half ago. So many wonderful things have come to fruition! I'm especially excited about our newest addition and finally having a wonderful homebirth. We've also officially chosen a name for our little homestead, and I've been working on a website.

But in some places we were derailed or changed our minds about the direction we want to go. Time to update and revise the list. I'm also redoing my sections, as going by dates isn't necessarily working.

Start date: Friday, July 23, 2010
End date: Friday, April 19, 2013


completed
in process
new




ASAP

1. Get fireplace fixed
2. Get goat pens up -- We've added pens to the pasture, but they keep escaping the pasture. We have to do up the main fence better, I think.
3. Weed garden & prepare for 2nd planting
4. Mop down walls --(LR -7/11) (BR - 08/2011)
5. Finish unpacking -- The only things I haven't gone through are all of my pictures. I need to do this soon.
6. Get/make furniture
7. Install gutters
8. Make rain barrels
9. Catch up bills & establish bill paying routine
10. Get a tractor/ATV thing
11. Reflector lights for mail box -- I just remembered that I bought these and never put them up! Tomorrow.
12. Replace backdoor
13. Get trailer blocked/boarded up
14. Make A-frames
15. Pick a farm nameThe Grateful Stead!
16. Do better with keeping up homeschool book


Garden/Yard

17. Start more seeds – 1 plot for humans & 1 for chickens - Did some of these but need to do them again.
18. Pumpkin patch
19. Make seed tubs
20. Finish chicken run
21. Get goats (2?) – We have five all together now!
22. Put up the trampoline
23. Put up the play yard
24. Go turkey hunting
25. Go deer hunting
– Josh has gone hunting, but I haven't.
26. Try greens in the cold frame
27. Try sprouting
28. Start & maintain a trail
29. Have at least two large plots
30. Start seeds indoors earlier
31. Seed/Plant shopping through MO Conservation & others
32. Try at least one new plant/variety
33. Plant berries (blackberries, raspberries)
34. Plant fruit trees (apple, cherry)
35. Plant chestnut(s)
36. Research Christmas tree farms
37. Get taxes done on time -- 2010
38. Build a farm stand
39. See about selling trees
40. Try a new type of poultry (ducks, geese, guineas?)
41. Buy hauling trailer
42. Take down pool & start a small pond
43. Work on planting schedule
44. Research beekeeping
45. Have a dairy goat
46. Build a better barn or milking area
47. Get meat rabbits


Home

48. Get a ladder
49. Get a dinner table
50. Learn about & try butter &/or cheese making
51. Make bread
52. Paint porch
53. Paint kitchen
54. Paint the girls' rooms
55. Begin repairs on the other trailer
56. Fix the car port
57. Fence yard
58. Fix floor & windows in other trailer
59. Fix bathrooms
60. Have a winter's worth of home canned foods

Family

61. Find midwife
62. See Tina's place
63. Have Emergency kit
64. TTC
65. Get the girls in a dance or martial arts class
66. Buy a truck
67. Buy a telescope
68. Homebirth - Aug. 2011! Birth story: Maya's Surprise Unassisted Birth
69. Go camping


Personal Fulfillment

70. Get bike fixed & legal
71. NaNoWriMo – Won 2010, 2011
72. Research business plans
73. Create vision boards &/or decorating album
74. Practice sewing & mending
75. Get canning equipment
76. Try canning/preserving
77. Be able to identify a dozen wild edibles
78. Be able to identify a dozen different trees
79. Learn how to skin & clean animals
80. Learn how to make good cheese
81. Learn how to make bread without a recipe
82. Learn how to quilt
83. Finish MO Master Naturalist training
84. Submit & publish articles or stories
85. Survive worldwide apocalypse (ha ha)

Local

86. Get to know neighbors better
87. Go to the county fair
88. Explore farm sitting options
89. Explore local farms
90. Get involved with 4H
91. Attend three local events

Finance

92. Meet with a financial planner
93. Write a budget
94. Run a profitable farm
95. Start savings account


Spirit

96. Ceremony for mom
97. Hold reiki classes
98. Participate in more Reiki ceremonies
99. Hold ceremonies with the girls
100. Complete all Gifting

101. Reserved for something awesome – Having an unassisted birth with only my husband and I was really one of the best experiences of my life. I'm not sure we can actually top that, but I encourage Universe to try. :)

Comments

( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
athenesolon
Jan. 2nd, 2012 10:48 pm (UTC)
Butter-making actually isn't all that difficult. I'm not sure about cheese-making though.

Good to see you're still around! Happy 2012 to you!
ahavah
Jan. 7th, 2012 01:36 am (UTC)
Thank you! Happy 2012 to you as well! I've read up on cheese making, and some of it seems fairly easy. Some of it seems pretty complicated. Hopefully I'll get the opportunity to try them out! Rosie's not milking at the moment, but hopefully we can get her preggers again sometime early this year.
brihanon
Jan. 3rd, 2012 04:19 pm (UTC)
Happy new year, can't wait to hear more.
ahavah
Jan. 7th, 2012 01:36 am (UTC)
Thanks so much! Happy new year to you as well.
teacup9
Jan. 8th, 2012 06:18 pm (UTC)
I love the name of the farm.
ahavah
Jan. 9th, 2012 12:28 pm (UTC)
Yay! Thank you so much! I'm so glad. :D
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