Another goal was to invest myself into getting my farm business up. It's up! Right now the business is like a foal - on shaky legs but full of potential. I got my LLC, have the most wonderful, supportive customers (thanks guys!!), put together a better website, and have many ideas for the coming year.
My final goal was to get a better feel of what we're producing, and continue to produce in a sustainable, thoughtful way. I did better with accounting what comes out of the farm, but really need to put a lot more thought/work into this. As far as sustainability - boy that's a tough hog to wrestle. I'm growing GMO free food, practicing organic methods, saving open source seeds, and reducing outside resources. Definitely better, definitely more work to be put in.
We have a long way to go, and it appears to have a similar motto with learning. The more you do (learn), the more you realize how far you have to go. I'm super lucky to be doing something I love and feel passionate about and look forward to the challenge of working on these goals (and others that are sure to pop up).
With all that said, I thought I'd share some things that please me from the farm for the past year.
- Chicken eggs - gathered around 5,824
- Duck eggs - gather around 500
- Harvested about 200 lbs peaches, 250 lbs asian pears, 200 lbs apples
- Expanded Chicken Field 1 and had my biggest garden yet
- Were given two goats which substantially helped clear shrubbery (and raspberries, and fruit tree branches, and etc...), then proceeded to give them to my cousin last month. Big J. & my cousin worked out a grazing plan for the goats and her Alpacas - summer at our place, winter at hers.
- Hatched 46 chicks. Sold some, kept some, and had a hen successfully hatch her own chicks for the first time
- Received 2 ducklings - including a drake
- Joined Livestock Heritage Conservancy - working on breeding above ducks (Ancona Ducks). They are considered critical with less than 500 worldwide, which is surprising considering they are great egg layers, hardy, and (I'm told) have excellent meat
- Joined Seedsavers, and Slowfoods