I love to set goals. I really geek out on making new year’s resolutions and plans for the new year.
In this post, we discussed the things that went right and wrong for our homestead in 2017.
It definitely was a busy and sometimes frustrating year.
We accomplished some goals such as starting beekeeping and increasing our garden size.
We also had several setbacks, such as predators eating chickens, late freeze on the orchard and our beehive being knocked over by an animal.
So the new year is a time to start over and access what we want to accomplish for the next 12 months.
Here is what we came up with:
Our Goals for Homesteading in 2018:
- We would like to increase the overall size of the garden and the number of varieties of plants we are growing.
- We would like to build a separate raised bed area for a salsa garden (tomatoes, peppers, onions, cilantro, etc).
- We would like to be successful in starting heirloom variety tomatoes from seed (in the past they haven’t gotten big enough to plant in time).
- We will replace the beehive we lost and add another hive for a total of 2 beehives.
- We would like to raise 52 meat chickens (one a week for a year) without all of the problems we had this year.
- We would like to begin breeding our meat rabbits and keep them on a regular breeding schedule.
- I would like to learn how to make a blue jean quilt and complete the quilt in one year (I tend to leave these kind of projects half done).
- I would like to learn how to make homemade candles (probably beeswax or soy).
- I would like to learn how to make several different kinds of soaps.
- We would like to get back to a real food diet. We have relaxed in our eating habits at the end of this year.
- I would like to lose 50 lbs over the year (less than one pound a week).
- I would like to atleast exercise 4 days a week.
- We need to increase the number of foods we are preserving.
- I would like to learn how to braid and store the garlic we planted this fall.
- I would like to find new recipes for canning to shake things up a bit.
- We need to buy more large containers for water storage.
- We would like to get 6 months complete food storage ready.
- We would like to have a successful hunting trip (preferably elk) and have me and my youngest son get our hunter safety certification.
I don’t anticipate we will have any big changes in our homestead next year. Mostly, we plan on perfecting and building on the systems we already have in place. More efficiency and production will be the main goals in the new year. We have space and the ability to grow with what we have, so let’s get it done!
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When you look at the new year ahead, have you set any big goals? Experts say that by writing down your goals, you are more likely to achieve them. So I encourage you to look at the big topics I have listed above and try to set some goals for next year. No matter where you live, you can live within the homesteading ideals and move forward.
Do you have any big plans for your homestead next year? We would love to hear about them in the comments below. Thanks!