Monday, January 2, 2012

2012 Goals

Last year, I didn't really set any goals, but I had an idea in mind of what I wanted to achieve.  This year, I want to make a list to guide me through the year.  I'm sure this list will evolve as the year progresses, but I'm happy to have a place to start. 

-  Now that we have a designated area for the animals, continue to improve that area.  The first project is a new rabbitry.
-  Continue improving the wood splitting and stacking area, including proper wood racks for the split wood. 
-  Now that we have a designated wood area, continue splitting and stacking the wood from the trees we took down in the spring.
-  Take down more trees in my eastern neighbor's yard.  His lot is seriously wooded with 50+ year old trees.  They block the sun to my backyard until around 1:00-2:00 in the afternoon.  I miss all of the morning sun. 
-  Expand my garden beds once trees are removed.
-  Start an espalier or mini fruit orchard once trees are removed.
-  Implement some cold frames once beds are established. 
-  Breed the meat rabbits and produce the first meat for the homestead.
-  Split the bee hive into two and finally harvest some honey.
-  Consider insulation options for the attic and possibly implement something better than what we have.
-  Improve my compost system, including introduction of vermicomposting.
-  Increase my canning and drying provisions for the year in volume and variety.  Decrease dependence on the freezer.
-  Continue to work toward better succession planting.
-  Use the solar oven more.  I think this can be better accomplished once some trees are removed. 
-  Improve my seed saving skills.   

What are some of your goals for 2012?

Happy homesteading,



  1. What an excellent list of goals. It's exciting to see how they do evolve throughout the year. I like how you're thinking in terms of "areas." Great idea.

  2. ooh, that's a good idea! i should make one too. :) SOLAR OVEN?! pictures please!

  3. Leigh: I'm a very organized linear person, so I think in those terms. It helps me plan my space.
    Warm Dirt: I have a Sun Oven. I knew I would never get around to building one with the long list of projects I have, so I compromised and bought one. I hope to use it more this summer. I'll definitely keep you posted.