Self Sufficiency Goals for 2015
If you've been following us here at Little House Living for a while you may remember my post from last year about our Self Sufficiency Goals for 2014. Instead of making "New Year's Resolutions" we created goals that fit into our plan for our future. We created 10 goals that we hoped to achieve to get us closer to our goal of being as self sufficient as possible. Today I'll be sharing how we did and our new goals for 2015!
Update on Last Year's Goals
1. Start new garden.
Done! And it was mostly successful!
2. Plant a small orchard.
Attempted and failed. Never getting plants from Arbor Day foundation again.
3. Get Chickens and Ducks.
Missed this one due to the timing of our second adoption. We did end up adding a few ducks this past fall though.
4. Clear pasture to get ready for cows.
Done! The pasture isn't perfect but we did clear it well enough to add 2 cows this fall, Maggie and Molly.
5. Start a Berry Patch.
See #3. My spring planning didn't go like we thought it would.
6. Connect a generator to our main system.
7. Be conscious of power usage in our home.
Could use improvement but we did fairly well. Our average monthly electric bill was $100 even through the summer with using window air conditioners.
8. Pay off as much debt as possible.
We became unsecured debt free in 2014 which means we only have cars and house to pay off now!
9. Move away from consumerism.
We did pretty well at this and remained a mostly minimalist household.
10. Leave social media behind.
Need to work on this more!
New Self Sufficiency Goals for 2015
This is going to be a big year for us and we are calling it the year that we start creating a system. We want to figure out some new avenues for self sufficient income and making what we started last year, more self sufficient over all. Here are our goals!
1. Install solar power to smaller outbuildings.
While are aren't financially able to go all the way solar yet, we think a good start is to hook up some of the smaller outbuildings (chicken shed, pig pen, or anything with heat or lights) to solar systems. One piece of the puzzle at a time. 🙂
2. Begin looking for outlets to sell farm produce.
We are hoping to begin making a small profit this year from some of the things we are raising. During the year we plan on searching out the best outlets to sell our things...everything from fresh onions to piglets, and seeing what will bring us the most profit and what isn't worth our time and effort.
3. Sell animals for profit.
Last year we began working on some small income streams by purchasing a few animals to breed and sell. This year we hope to sell calves, piglets, and goats.
4. Plant cover crops and fodder.
This is a huge task that we are hoping to start this year. Of course being self sufficient means raising the food to feed our animals. Since we have a limited amount of land and can't plant huge crops we have been researching cover crops, forage plants, and growing fodder for livestock. We are going to finish drawing up a chart this winter to figure out what we will plant and try this year and where.
5. Start Garden #2.
Garden #1 worked well enough for just us last year, but was overtaken by the viney crops and didn't have enough room for planting some animal feed. This year Garden #1 will be regular household veggies and fruits and Garden #2 will be tilled and used for planting the vine crops and corn. Both gardens will be planted with a cover crop in the fall.
6. Build a Greenhouse.
This was something I hoped to do last year but we didn't end up having the time as we were finishing up the renovations on the house. In a few weeks we hope to start renovating an old building next to my garden into a greenhouse so I can have space to start my seedlings. The greenhouse will also serve as the "berry area" which I didn't get to plant last year, complete with raised beds and a trellis for berries and grapes.
7. Plant trees.
Since my orchard last year failed, we plan on getting trees from the local nursery this year to try again. I want to plant fruit trees and a few more shade trees in the yard. I hope to plant apples, peaches, pears, and apricots.
8. Restore outbuildings.
Since we spent last year working on our house, this year the focus needs to be on the outbuildings. Most are in good structural shape, but a few need foundation help and all need tin siding and new windows. I'm sure we won't get all of them done this year but any we can work on will help!
9. Add turkeys to the livestock.
We've be researching raising turkeys and would like to try a few this year for another meat source. To add these to our group we will need to build a small shelter and area for them to forage.
10. Continue to invest more time in our family than in anything else.
This is an across the board subject for us, but ultimately it means less personal social media, less material items, and more time spent with each other face to face and growing stronger as a family. At first glance this doesn't sound like a "self sufficient" thing but for us, being less dependent on the outside world and focusing more on those we see face to face is very important in the grand scheme of things.
A little bit of a busy year to say the least, but I think we've got it in us!
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What are some of your goals for 2015?
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