Goals 2014

Goals for 2014-

Personal Health goals

  • Reach a certain BMI Goal for the year
  • Eat as much as possable from the farm/gardens-As little processed food, keep wheat to a bare min in the diet, keep the meals balanced, increase fruits and veggies daily intake in winter.
  • Work on the farm and the horse in terms of increasing overall strength and stamina.

Farm Goals

  • Fence the front yard
  • Gate for the main drive
  • Fix the back well on the barn
  • increase the water catchment and storage
  • Increase the size and depth of the pond
  • Use the Horse for draft power on the farm

 

That’s it for the moment..

2012 Goals

Personal Health Goals

  • Farmgal lose 50 pds, -Fail
  • Dh lose 10 pds- Success
  • Blog more often to be accountable- Fail
  • Continue regular health checks-Dental, Blood pressure, chiropractor etc- Success both FG and DH
  • Off-Farm walks, min 3 per week, other then in the coldest part of winter-wii workouts- Got the Wii Walk it out game for winter walking indoors!- Success most of the time.
  • More strength training with weights-dumbells, and kettle bell-Got the Wii Camera and Shape up program to help make sure I am pushing myself! -Fail, used them but can’t say I ever really pushed myself.
  • Workout more with DH instead of alone. -BIG fail! I don’t think we did a single workout together.
  • Get more ceative in eating different side dishes, instead of the standard, potato’s, rice or pasta.- Success, a lot more salads and alot more simple less course meals.

House Goals 2012

  • Required Home Repairs as needed- Fail, we didn’t get nearly as much done as needed.
  • Practise one area thought clean and go though weekly, it can be as small as a cupboard or as big as a small room but I MUST stay on top of keeping order in the house.- Fail, I try but I am never always on top of things, Its like washing your hair, lather, rince and repeat!!!
  • Build a small storage/walk in closet in our main bedroom-Fail
  • Re-Paint the bathroom-New floor boards-Fail
  • Re-Paint the living room-New floor boards-Fail

Farm Goals 2012

  • More Rasberries Canes planted-with different picking season-Sucess
  • More fruit bushes planted-Different kinds-Success
  • 3 Cherry Tree’s planted-Sucess
  • 2 apple Tree’s Planted-Sucess
  • 2 nut tree’s planted-Sucess
  • More Herbs planted out this year-Success
  • Work the hugelbeets with hoop covers in spring to get a much extended start to the melon growing season.-Success
  • Work to take out 3000 Pds worth of fruit/veggies in the garden-Fail due to weather and other factors but drought was the big one
  • Can at least 1200 Jars but 1500 hundred would be better-Fail, less then 400
  • Dry more fruit, veggies, herbs and meat- success compared to last year
  • Fence the front yard-Fail
  • Fence the peaple yard-Fail
  • Fence the grapes- Fail
  • Dig and create a new grape row-Success
  • Build a new set of outside bird pens attached to the small barn, ideally six pens-Fail
  • Repair the small red building roof and expand the attached pen, built to be bird proof-Fail
  • Repair as needed the roof or siding of the big barn.-Part success-Part Fail
  • Build two more full pens in the big barn-front half, along with a solid feed part in the front of the barn, complete with a solar light/small window for light.- One pen done, other pen not done

2011 Goals Update

As near as I can figure for 2011 we produced/grew or processed these percents

  • Eggs- 100% of our needs are meet by our Chickens/Ducks/Turkeys
  • Meat-100% of the meat we eat comes from animals we have raised ourselves, with a few cans of salmon bought this year.
  • Veggies-85% of the veggies we consumed this  was grown on our gardens
  • Milk Products-70% of our yearly needs are meet by my sheep/goats
  • Fruit -Soft and Hard- 90% of our yearly needs are grown on the farm or wild foraged
  • Critter Needs- 100 percent of our pasture needs are being meet during spring/summer/fall, currently only 20 percent of our hay needs are being meet for winter.
  • Grain Needs- 0 Percent being meet on the grains this year..

Well, we had a great improvement overall in 2011, we also kept track of the stats more carefully, we brought in just over 2000 pds of fruit and veggies from the gardens.

2010 Update and Information.

As near as I can figure for 2010 we produced/grew or processed these percents

  • Eggs- 100% of our needs are meet by our Chickens/Ducks/Turkeys
  • Meat-90% of the meat we eat comes from animals we have raised ourselves, the other 10 percent is mainly fish.
  • Veggies-50% of the veggies we consumed last year was grown on our gardens
  • Milk Products-40% of our yearly needs are meet by my sheep/goats
  • Fruit -Soft and Hard- 40% of our yearly needs are grown on the farm or wild foraged
  • Critter Needs- 100 percent of our pasture needs are being meet during spring/summer/fall, currently only 20 percent of our hay needs are being meet for winter.
  • Grain Needs- 10 percent of our needs are currently being meet…

So there is the overview, VERY clear room for improvement to meet our goals to provide for ourselves, not much I can do about the milk needs until my cow is old enough to start milking and then I believe we should be able to meet our milk and milk products needs for the year.

The big areas for improvement are in the gardens, and there is room to grow more in all areas, I was really surprised that we were only growing/freezing and processing 50 percent of our veggies use for the year..

* Hmmm I did the math on the ideal about amount of veggies needed, by taking the food we typically eat, figuring out how much per week I typically use and then x it by 52 weeks and looks like its about 3000 pds of veggies and 1000 pds of fruit. That does not include any crops being grown for critter use.

The fruit is tricky, clearly room to add more however so many of our tree’s and vines are producing more each year and when they start to really produce, we will have several hundred pds plus more per year of fruit to use.

Grains and feeds for the critters clearly need the most thought and time given on how to improve this..

I didn’t keep a really close account of the amounts harvested 2010 other then on a few main items, I know how many hundred pds of potatos, summer/winter squash, and tomato’s and apples, plus several hundred pds for the rest..means that we grew/harvested and or processed about 1500 hundred pds of veggies/fruits  lets see if we can do this coming year..

So did my math on the my critters and I produced more meat then I did veggies or fruit.. now how the heck did that happen?? Hmm, now to be fair I do sell some lamb each year to help cover the costs of raising my own meat so not all that is raised on the farm is consumed on the farm in that regards.

3 Responses to Goals 2014

  1. I love your list. Those are some really great goals! I can’t even imagine canning 1,500 jars…..

  2. Jenny says:

    I love this idea. Thanks for sharing.

  3. illoura says:

    Your lists are amazing, as is how far along you are in sufficiency, even if you have a ways to go.
    I have so many questions, but will stop at one: how much land are you putting into production just for family use (not including orchards unless that’s dual purpose, like berries between trees)?
    I’d love to know how much to plan for as I trip toward some first starts in sufficiency (starting with some trials like growing indoors since we have no irrigation or prepared/fenced agri land on our 10 acres).
    We have only chickens so far and I could fence and use 1/2 an acre for pasture/crops/orchard eventually, but we have no tractor or plow, and so it could never sustain many animals or feed crops except what I could plant and scythe by hand (after fencing and fertilizing, soil amendments, and getting water to it).
    I would be mighty interested to note how much actual land it takes you to support animals on pasture or in feed crops, and garden sizes, just so I can get a gist of the overall scope of things. The dream of self-sustaining practices seems a bit overwhelming at the moment, though I do know that people can do it on their city lots of less than 1/2 an acre!
    Your blog is a wealth of information and is inspiring. I sure appreciate your sharing the journey.

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