Thursday, May 30, 2013

Future plans, hopes, and dreams.

Today, it is windy.  Like seriously blow-you-over windy.  See here:
 
WWIINNDD!!

I tried taking a few pictures, but most of them came out blurry because of all the wind.  I have recently seen some bloggers talk about future hopes and dreams for their backyard farm haven, and I thought that would be fun to share since this day is too windy for much else.  I don't know that I have mentioned it before, but we currently only live on about 3 acres beside a large cattle ranch.  Most of what we own is woods and underbrush; I would say only about an acre is "mowable".  We have recently started utilizing some of the woods for Bill to graze on and he is LOVING it! 

I have a list written up for our future goals for our Little Bitty Farm!  A few goals include:

- Using only non-GMO seeds next gardening season.
- Build a rainwater irrigation system.
- Build a bigger chicken house and a few separate breeding apartments.
- Build a barn for Bill!  He has a shelter now, but it is definitely what I would call makeshift.
- Get GOATS!  (Maybe even a milk goat!)
- Flowers... everywhere!  Use vines like grapes, Wisteria, and Morning Glories along the unsightly fences for the dogs.  Maybe I could even find something Bill wouldn't eat to dress up his paddock area!  Also, I would love to plant more roses. 

Here are some pictures of a few spots and my plans for those areas:

Most of our property is made up of this kind of stuff; a lot of brush and woods and uneven footing.  I have been told it would be perfect for goats!
Fence off woods for goats.

This spot we are thinking about pulling up the raised bed boxes and just turning this into a garden area on the ground, using a tiller.  Not 100% sure on that plan though, seeing as how I feel like our gardening skills still need a LOT of work before we jump in too deep!
Potential future garden area.
This picture isn't great, but across the white line (the gravel road) is an area that would be perfect for a few fruit trees.  And an even bigger dream?  Add a Koi pond!
Ultimately, we would love to have more land.  For someone who loves animals, flowers, and experimenting with veggie gardening, I sometimes feel cramped on our little space.  But I am so thankful for it - it is a wonderful home!

What are your hopes, dreams, and goals for your homestead?  I would love to hear them!

9 comments:

  1. Wonderful plans!
    I was just pondering our farm this morning as I walked back from the pigs. Since we live on a 150 year old farm, we have lots of things to fix/take down. Barns, trees, old silos...so much to do. I sometimes wish we would have just started from scratch. But, it is a beautiful, private, established property, with gorgeous trees. I guess no matter where one lives, there are positives and negatives.

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    1. True that! Gosh, I love reading your blog. It cracks me up on days I need it most. You are such a hoot, girl! Just though you ought to know. ;)

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  2. Sounds wonderful. I have a small house on about an acre of land. So jealous. Oh well, you are lucky. Please let me know how you progress. I love to dream big too. We are looking for land right now. :)

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    1. Exciting!! I hope you find the perfect thing! Also, I gotcha followed with Google Friend Connect. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  4. I like the get a goat one best! :) I wish you were closer, I would love to show you how to milk, you'll love it. Dairy goats are the very best. Obviously I'm partial but so much better than cows, smaller, easier to handle, the milk is delicious fresh, plus they are adorable! ;) One of the best parts about a farm is that the work never ends, and it can be one of the worst too, but the best because you always have a focus and you always have new dreams and goals - when you reach one, you work towards a new one! :)

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    1. True, true! I could have all of that done and I would definitely have more plans to work on. You are seriously making me want a goat, like, now. Ahh! I even have tons of mint, honeysuckle, and rose growing and it would make such nice soap and candles!

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  5. Thank you for sharing this post on our From the Farm Blog Hop. I enjoyed reading about your hopes and dreams. They reminded me of mine when we first moved to 1840 Farm.

    I hope that you continue to hope and dream and that you reach the goals you shared. I'm still working on achieving all of my dreams for my family here on our farm. We've added chickens and goats but I still dream about ducks!

    I also hope that you will come back next week and share another post (or three) on the hop. I'll hope to see you there!

    Jennifer @1840Farm

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  6. I LOVE your blog! I've live in a city for most of my life. My dream is to grow my own food and raise livestock. I wouldn't mind chickens at all! Who wouldn't love fresh eggs?? Thank you so much for sharing your psot with us @ My Favorite Posts SHOW OFF Weekend Blog Party!

    Jessica
    The Wondering Brain

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