Happy New Year! What better way to start 2016 than with a post on our homestead goals for the year.
Starting a new homestead is overwhelming. There’s so much information out there, and I want to start it all at once! I could easily go and buy a goat and chickens and start an allotment then accidentally pick up a pig and oh shoot I’m running and I had no idea how to walk! For that reason these goals are more to slow me down than speed us up.
Develop a Homestead Planner
We’ve done this! Read about it here.
It may seem silly to organise our little plot before we really have one, but we intend to be here a while. Next year I want to know what time we planted potatoes, how many tomatoes we canned – and if there was enough. I also want to log our journey from the start, in ten years time I want to be able to see how far we’ve come!
Draw a plan for the homestead
I cannot stress enough how much I hate re-doing things. I don’t want to have to move the chickens after a month because they’re in the way, or find out the garden doesn’t get enough sun. The plan is to live on the land for a while and then draw a plan so we can save time by only doing things once. Although I do expect things to change hopefully it won’t be quite so often!
We don’t have the extra money for organic food right now so producing as much as possible straight away is a really important too us. We need to develop a garden and check the soil condition along with starting out seedlings.
Buy our very first home…a static caravan
As much as we love living with my parents, and I’m sure they love having us! We are getting married this year and it’s important to both of us to begin our life together. Building the house is a long way off as we ideally want to build mortgage free. In the mean time we will be buying a static caravan to live in. Where we are we need planning permission for a static caravan so that’s first on the list, followed by electricity and water connections. Luckily my parents are happy to keep us just a little longer!
This may seem overly ambitious, but there is a little bit of land at the back corner of the plot that seems unused. The previous owner of our house told us that he’d been offered it, so we are hoping the people who own it still don’t have any use for it. We could fit a lot on there!
Build a chicken coop and a run
Eggs! And my first livestock! I have heard chickens are a gateway animal and I can honestly tell you – I am okay with this! We are currently waiting to find out about the corner of the plot as that would be the ideal location for them, but I’m not sure how long I can hold out!
Set up a water butt and composter
The house is on a water meter, paying to water our vegetables seems counter productive when we can harvest it ourself for free! We also want to create our own compost for the garden and reduce our waste.
Make our own bread
This is one of those things that just seem so homely to me. Waking up to the smell of fresh bread. We intend to start by sourcing a local organic flour, as we don’t have enough land to grow our own wheat. Then getting into a good habit of cooking our own bread every day instead of buying it. I’m sure we will be posting the recipes we try along the way too.
Oh and we’re going plan and have a wedding too…so this year is going to be pretty busy! I can’t wait!