On November 15 it was our third year anniversary on our mini-farm. and on the 16th it was the first year anniversary with our sheep. We have come a long way since we first moved in.
We have created new gardens, birthed lambs, given vaccinations, canned tomatoes, stacked hay bales, picked apples, built fences, strung electric fencing, built roosts, killed chickens, picked straw out of my shirt, kneeled in poop, built some cool hayracks, and sooo much more. It ain’t pretty but it’s fun…and a hell of a lot of work.
Our neighbours still find us odd. Why would we want all those leaves? Are you going to do anything with that large water tank? Where did you want to put the greenhouse? What are those little things called? They were really good.
The next year will be another one of great adventure. Some of the things I foresee going on here include:
- actually applying Biodynamic preps
- the forest orchard should really begin to take shape
- our first home compost ready to spread
- getting some sort of greenhouse going
- finally using the large water tank at the side of the house
- breeding the sheep
- hatching our own chicks
- building a chicken tractor for our first meat birds
- building a chicken trailer
- learn how to shear sheep
- getting more herbs established
- growing a 600 pound pumpkin!
Whether all these get done is debatable. Many of these things are the last year’s unfinished projects. I am sure we won’t finish them all so they will move on too or they will be dropped. If they don’t get done then maybe they aren’t that important after all.
We are also finding out what it is we really like doing. I love having animals and desperately want more. If I could get twenty more sheep, two pigs, a horse, and a couple of ducks I would be thrilled. A bit too much to pack onto just over an acre, but if you don’t dream big, what’s the point?