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Thursday, January 01, 2009

Happy New Year!

2008 was an interesting year on the Neophyte Homestead, to say the least. We have been through floods, livestock loses, almost a foreclosure, and learned some wonderful lessons, gained friends, got a horse, and learned to butcher something else. 2009 should be just as interesting.

Traditionally, our homesteading friends post their upcoming goals, you can see the tittles in the side bar, of the up coming year. Of course I do the same. It is a reminder of what needs to be done, and what our wants for a new year are.

For 2009 the Neophyte Homestead's goals are as follows;

Butcher a hog
Birthing goats
make rennet
Begin work on the farmstead
Acquire a milking shorthorn (supplemental income)
Make goat cheese
Expand my business (state law prohibits me to tell you what it is publicly, you have to email me)
Butcher geese

For 2009 we will have organically raised heritage transplants available for sale. We have already begun growing them, using the Phelan Box.

Teach a canning class

Have a homestead foods cookbook available

Survive the up coming recession. (it almost feels like many of us are preparing for war)

Those are some of the things you can look forward to here. Of course things will pop up, wonderful things, devastating things and of course the mundane. I do hope that many of you will join me in these adventures this year. I a hope that your New Year will be fulfilling!


HermitJim said...

Sounds like a busy and productive year and I, for one, don't wnt to miss a single moment of whatever you share!

Best of luck, my friend!

Margaret's Ramblings said...

You certainly aren't sitting on your laurels. I hope you achieve everything that you want to. I have emailed you as I am nosey and want to know about your new business, haha, love Margaret

Kathie said...

Happy New Year and may you achieve all the goals you've set (though I have no doubt you will).

Janelle said...

Sounds like a great year ahead. Let me know where and when you're teaching the canning class and I'm there :) DH says we can do it on our property, he'd become more interested these last few weeks. Email me soon, these girls are ready, lol.

kfivecrazy said...

I have to say, you are much braver than I! We decided to try kidding before butchering! Our first boar babies are due this week!

fullfreezer said...

I like your goal of surviving the recession. I didn't make that a formal one but it's high on the priority list! Have a healthy, happy, productive 2009!

The Thinker said...

Oh, I am definitely going to email you about your business.

Happy New Year and good luck!

Matriarchy said...

I know just what you mean about preparing to go to war. I feel like that, too. I don't have New Year's Resolutions; I have a battle plan.

Freija and Beringian Fritillary said...

Great goals! I have a few of the same ones on my list! Making rennet, I recently saw a recipe to make rennet from stinging nettle, are you going to make real rennet from a young goat stomach? Rabbits, I want to start raising rabbits for meat, do you have a breed in mind? Birthing goats, my first ones are due in just a few weeks! Goat cheese, a must, I've made yogurt, cottage cheese, but never the real thing.

Wishing you homesteading prosperity in 2009.

white_lilly said...

What a great list of goals, I feel encourage to do the same. All the best for the New Year and hope all goes well for all of us :)

abbagirl74 said...

It's going to be a great new year!

MeadowLark said...

I want you to repost what you posted but when I clicked on the link it disappeared. Seriously. Because just the first few sentences made me think of somebody I know and love. (ok, me)

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