The first thing I did was go back to see how badly I did with my goals for 2012. Actually, not as bad as I expected! I was about 50/50. That may not sound great to you, but for me -- for considering the curveballs this year has tossed at me -- I consider that a roaring success! From there, we shift to 2013 and what we should focus on to get us closer to our long-term goal of reaching maximum productivity in 5 years. As I discussed back in March of this year, I am giving myself 5 years -- till 2017 -- to reach a point of productivity where I am feeding my family and having food to share with others.
For the Homestead in 2013, I have set the following goals:
- Plant mulberries, muscadines, figs, hardy kiwi, blueberries, and strawberries
- Plant more rugosa roses, lilacs, hazelnuts, and other hedgerow plants that also serve as fodder for the rabbits
- Plant mixed beds of flowers, vegetables, herbs -- both around the fruit trees, along the privacy fence, and elsewhere.
- Increase the number of laying hens to about a dozen
- Increase size of rabbitry
- Build a food pantry-- as much as possible from foods produced here on the homestead
- Finish writing the eBook for Natural Feeding of Meat Rabbits
- Work the Get Healthy in 2013 Plan
- Jealously protect and seek even more time for Bible reading, Bible study, prayer, worship, etc.
- Continue to work on blog quality and quantity
- Finish writing the eBook entitled "WHY"
- Try to fit in more time for crafts and reading -- some RELAXATION time...what a concept!
So, there you have it. The focus for 2013 here at the Not Quite There Yet Homestead is to try to get a little closer to "there".