Sunday, January 1, 2012

Farm/Ranch Goals 2012

As I read other blogs it seems that listing goals for the new year is the thing to do, so I guess I should hop on the bandwagon.  Even though we are STILL WAITING for our house, it's important (and fun) to make plans of things we.. ok, I, would like to accomplish. 

First on the list, of course, is to close on the house.  I am going to appease your curiosity and post some pictures of the property.  Please keep in mind that this is a short-sale and is in dire need of some TLC.
Driveway and side of the house.

    The house sits on 20 acres of land that is part pasture and part treed. 
The house itself is 1 bath, 3 bedrooms.  One bedroom (lower, right window) has the laundry hook ups in the closet, so since there is also a door leading outside, we are going to turn that into a mudroom/laundry room.  Eventually we hope to add an addition (the left side of house) with a formal living room, master suite, and basement.
The shop has a cement floor and a wood stove for heat already installed.  There is a lean-to attached to the shop, which already has a couple milking stalls.  Behind these buildings is several acres of treed land, a huge playset, and a nice carport for a camper.  We would enclose a couple sides of the carport and use it to store hay and farm equipment.  Not included in the picture is a small chicken coop and a garden shed.
Here is a view of part of the front pasture.  Most of the fencing needs to be replaced or repaired, but it's better than starting from scratch.  Currently, the only source of water is a cistern, but I have talked to well drillers and we should be able to have a well drilled.  If not, rural water is in the process of being installed and the fee has already been paid for the property.

So that's our hopefully, soon-to-be-home in a nutshell.  Great, now I have fallen in love with it all over again. 

2012 Goals (with this house in mind):

~  Install wood cook stove for heating and cooking during the winter.
~  Start rebuilding my flock of chickens.  I really like Barred Rocks and RI Reds, so I am going to stick with them.  I won't raise meat birds until I have established my coop and layers.
~  Build raised garden beds for most of my veggies.
~  Plant apple and pear trees, berry bushes, and start strawberry bed.
~  start worm compost pile  (something my Hubby is interested in).
~  Invest in a food dehydrator.
~  Add a Dexter cow/calf pair to the family for milk and meat.

Those are all the goals I am listing right now.  Mainly because I don't want to scare my husband.  After remodeling the house, fixing fence, and making other repairs that I'm sure will pop up, I don't know how enthused he will be to see another long "to do" list.  But as a wife, isn't that my job to keep him busy and out of trouble?  (hehehe)

Blessings to you and yours on this wonderful first day of 2012!


  1. How exciting to have a place to work on and fix up just the way you want it. Hopefully everything will work out soon and you can get going on your dream. Happy New Year to you, it will be a good one. xo

  2. Thank you for sharing a few photos, it's heavenly. What an awesome thing to look forward to & I look forward to see how you make this 'your' home.

    Happy New Year

  3. That's a beautiful piece of property. I wish you well and I hope the short sale goes through quickly now that 2012 is here! God Bless!

  4. I would like to ask you to talk more about the idea of getting a Dexter cow for milk and meat. We don't yet have pasture (just a clay 1/2-acre field) but my HB would like a milk cow, so I'm researching. I am concerned about the costs! Did you work out how doing AI breeding & feed costs will be offset by the milk and meat? Whatever you can tell about your decision would be great!

  5. That is an excellent question about the Dexters. I have done some research, and I hadn't even thought of doing a post on it. That is now in my "to post about" list, so stay tuned.

  6. We have cows, but I have always wanted a Dexter bull and heifer. Hopefully, one day I can find one that we can afford! lol
    Good luck...BLESSINGS


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