It’s good to look back and see what you’ve accomplished in the past year (see 2013 – Another Good Year), but it’s also a good to set goals for the coming year. When we set goals for ourselves (and tell folks about them), we’re much more likely to achieve them. I don’t do New Year’s resolutions, but I do like to set a direction on where we’re going.
It doesn’t need to be anything elaborate, just taking the time to write out some ideas, makes them tangible and real. In my experience, when there’s something out there that you’ve identified, it’s much more likely to happen. Perhaps it won’t happen in this year, but if it’s something you really want to achieve, eventually it’s likely to materialize.
Here are some of the things we’d like to accomplish on the farm this year:
Honey Bees – increase (from 7) to 10 hives, and increase honey production to 400 pounds. Evaluate Creamed Honey, Infused Honey, and Honey Lip Balm as new farm products.
Farm – evaluate space requirements, determine whether to build an additional barn for holding hay, farm implements, processing honey, and housing Nigerian Dwarf bucks. Complete root cellar, and set-up basement area for starting plants and processing honey. Qualify for CAUV to reduce tax burden.
Goats – evaluate market and feasibility of two new farm products using goat milk – Goat Milk Soap, Cheese, etc. Actively assist in goat kidding, and learn to disbud with new disbudding iron. Acquire another polled buckling. Show the goats to add show wins to their linear appraisal and milk production credentials.
Garden – start transplants indoors under lights, build supports for raspberries, protect fruit trees, grow Habanero/jalapeno for infused honey, investigate high and low tunnels. Evaluate market and feasibility for raspberries/raspberry products.
Blog/Writing – dedicate to writing awesome blog content, promote, and help others. Write and sell twelve (well paid) articles for national magazines, and resell at least six into smaller markets. Build a blog and personal media kit. Investigate and select method for selling farm products online and shipping. Identify subject for first e-book. Move blog and website onto professional theme.
Local Food – participate in local food swaps, local growers meetings, and identify opportunities for marketing farm products.
Along with taking care of what’s already on the farm, these things should keep us busy. Did you put together a list of goals for the year, and are there any major achievements on the horizon? We’d all love to hear about them!