I don’t like to use the term ‘goals’ here…
Although the definition of aspiration technically is a goal- I prefer to use aspirations. Why? Because homesteading is A LOT of work. Non-stop. Every day. Rain or shine. Hot or freezing. You see, us homesteaders are always working- no matter what. And that in itself is an extraordinary achievement.
When I hear the word ‘goal’ it makes me think of success and failure. When a person sets a goal and it isn’t achieved it is considered a failure. And while there are failures (many many many) of them in homesteading, I like to think that at the end of the day, no matter what, homesteading of any type is an achievement.
My list of homestead aspirations are things that I would like our family to start, accomplish, try at, maybe fail-maybe succeed at for the year. By using the word aspiration I feel that mentally it is ok if that homestead aspiration fails. I guess I just feel that homestead goals just feel to “stiff”. To “official.” And when homesteading you must be flexible, flexible, flexible- and willing to accept defeat even after giving it your all.
How Our 2015 Homestead Aspirations Changed
If you didn’t know already, we are moving to the beautiful, wonderful, magnificent state of Virginia on January 31st (YES! In less than 3 weeks). (Read about it here). I really cannot wait to tell y’all more about this property that really blows my whistle, toots my horn, makes my skirt fly up-whatever. (Take a tour of it HERE).
But, for now, lets just say that our homesteading aspirations are completely different for 2015 than what we thought they would be two months ago. We are moving to a larger property complete with outbuildings, a barn, and a root cellar- not to mention the old plantation house. Not only will our new home give us more land to farm, it will allow us to achieve our dreams of farming for an income and providing people with high quality/nourishing food. Which reminds me that it is time to prepare for baby chicks! But, with that comes more work of clearing land and fixing things since the property is a Pre-Civil War Tobacco Plantation.
Our 2015 Homestead Aspirations List
1. Build a chicken plucker. Yes- we have been hand plucking our own chickens. :).
2. Devise a plan for raising and selling poultry and eggs.
3. Name our farm. This has been an on-going “problem” for two years now. 😉 We just asked our Facebook followers to help us name our new farm. (Follow us on Facebook here)
4. Breed our twin Nubian goats so we will have milk and cute little babies!
5. Use goat milk to learn to make: cheese, goat butter (like this raw cow’s milk butter), soap, etc.
6. Start an etsy shop for our nameless farm. We would like to sell the goat milk soap and other things like: homemade eczema cream, bum balm, essential oil asthma spray, psoriasis treatment ‘kit’, homemade laundry detergent, and many other things.
7. Buy a female Great Pyrenees so we can breed her (eventually) with our new puppy Gus (read about him here) for future income for the farm.
8. Fix the stairs to the root cellar so it is fully functional (this is my FAVORITE part of our new home!).
9. Paint the inside of our new home.
10. Refinish the kitchen cabinets in our new home.
11. Pull up the carpet in our new home and refinish the original pine floors.
12. Build a chicken pen for the chickens and ducks.
13. Find a new church to become a member of.
14. Become a master homeschooling family providing our kids with the ultimate education and life experiences. (We can dream, right?)
15. Start raising pigs.
16. Clear and fence in the pastures on our new farm.
17. Start looking at the process of raising cattle for beef (2016 aspiration).
18. Teach Molli (age 10) to use her BB gun and eventually how to hunt small game.
19. Have the kids become members of our local 4H.
20. Raise some sheep.
21. Buy a donkey. (This is probably a 2016 homestead aspiration on Mountain Man’s list- but mama has to try!).
22. Rebuild our hoop house and multiple gardens on our new farm and start our new compost system.
23. Ferment more foods like we do asparagus and sauerkraut.
24. Make a profit from our farm while providing high-quality, nourishing, chemical-free food to our fellow people.
25. Love on my babies and each other (yes- Mountain Man and I) ;). Sometimes this lifestyle is so busy and hectic we have to be reminded and make an effort- although loving my bearded man never needs a reminder.
See- this list is L-O-N-G. And while these are our aspirations, we have to keep in mind time and budget. Time is money, but when your budget is limited you must work within your means! This includes us! So, if we don’t get to all of them, and fail at some of them at least we tried. We don’t have to feel like a failure because we didn’t complete or accomplish our ‘goals’ (another reason why I don’t like to use there term ‘goal’ in homesteading). We completed/started/contemplated/succeeded/failed at our homestead aspirations.
What are your 2015 homestead aspirations?
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