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
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)
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!