What goals did you attain this summer?

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  1. Jillis

    Jillis Well-Known Member

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    This summer I:

    1) Raised a batch of replacer hens
    2) Got another goat barn and pen erected
    3) Planted a raised bed of topset onions
    4) Planted a raised bed of horseradish
    5) Bought 3 bucks and a sweet new doeling
    6) Began making lacto-fermented vegetables
    7) We switched to using the wood furnace almost exclusively and got a most of the wood we will need cut out of our own woods
    8) Got our leach field replaced
    9) Got my gold belt in Tae Kwon Do (not homestead related but an accomplishment nonetheless!)
    10) Participated in the County Fair instead of just visiting it :)
    11) Planted potatoes for the first time

    I know there is more, but I can't think of it off the top of my head. Maybe if you all post some of your accomplishments I will remember more!
     
  2. hmsteader71

    hmsteader71 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    1. Learned to make homemade white bread.
    2. Learned how to make self-rising flour from all-purpose.
    3. Have done most cooking from scratch.
    4. Acquired 6 rabbits for breeding and selling.
    5. Made a firepit to use in the summer (can't use until I get Dutch oven).
    6. Planted a huge garden and sold some at a farmer's market (lost most
    of the garden due to heat and weeds). Still have popcorn planted.
    7. Planted potatoes for the 1st time.
    8. We got most of our firewood from a tree that the city cut down so it was free.
     

  3. Mike in Ohio

    Mike in Ohio Well-Known Member

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    Let's see,

    1) upgraded the electric service at our house (had to do this to accomodate #2)
    2) Replaced the septic system at our house (the old one was put in in 1929)
    3) Replaced the roof on the "old" polebarn at our farm
    4) Reclaimed some of the acreage overgrown with multiflora
    5) Built a bridge to provide easier access to the back of our property
    6) made more progress on my dry stack stone retaining wall
    7) stripped and cleaned part of the cabin exterior and have it ready for varnishing.
    8) planted lots of trees (chestnut,fruit,spruce,black walnut, oak, etc
    9) reclaimed more of the overgrown paths in our woods
    10) built drying racks for our nut harvests

    That's about all off the top of my head.

    Mike
     
  4. Trixie

    Trixie Well-Known Member

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    To all you you - WOW!!!
     
  5. turtlehead

    turtlehead Well-Known Member

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    Our first year in the country! Didn't do all this in the summer, but all since moving here last August.

    Planted our first garden (in WV, not first garden ever).
    Got a batch of day-old chicks and they're almost ready to butcher.
    Re-built the pen attached to the chicken house.
    Got rabbits, built their enclosure (three does, one buck).
    Had the house sided.
    Learned to drive a tractor and operate a loader and backhoe.
    Learned to drive an ATV.
    Learned to make apple butter and kethcup (easy!).
    Learned to work a chain saw.


    Jillis - great job on the tae kwon do! I took it for about three years and really enjoyed it. No schools here, though. I miss it sometimes. Do you ever go to meets? I did. I was always terrified but it was a lot of fun. I went to about four, I guess.
     
  6. Rickstir

    Rickstir Well-Known Member

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    1. Got our hay cut.
    2. Replaced fence posts
    3. REpaird the tractor carb
    4. Got our hay cut
    5. Tilled and prepared a Blueberry bed (plants go in shortly)
    6. Moved the asparagus bed
    7. Got our hay cut
    8. Convinced the wife we need a new tractor
    9. Planted new food plots and re-worked the old ones
    10. Did I mention we got our hay cut?
     
  7. MullersLaneFarm

    MullersLaneFarm Well-Known Member

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    Yes, you did. But did you get it raked & baled and into the barn without it getting rained on?? This is the first year in 4 that our hay was cut, raked & baled without getting rained on! WOOT!
     
  8. kesoaps

    kesoaps Well-Known Member

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    Goals? No one told me I was supposed to set goals this summer... :shrug:
     
  9. turtlehead

    turtlehead Well-Known Member

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    Our first year in the country! Didn't do all this in the summer, but all since moving here last August.

    Planted our first garden (in WV, not first garden ever).
    Got a batch of day-old chicks and they're almost ready to butcher.
    Re-built the pen attached to the chicken house.
    Got rabbits, built their enclosure (three does, one buck).
    Had the house sided.
    Learned to drive a tractor and operate a loader and backhoe.
    Learned to drive an ATV.
    Learned to make apple butter and kethcup (easy!).
    Learned to work a chain saw.


    Jillis - great job on the tae kwon do! I took it for about three years and really enjoyed it. No schools here, though. I miss it sometimes. Do you ever go to meets? I did. I was always terrified but it was a lot of fun. I went to about four, I guess.
     
  10. mpillow

    mpillow Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I' still working at the list but we doubled the garden space....and planted a ton of stuff...
    Did 40 broilers...
    Raising pigs for first(and last maybe) time(smelly)
    Decided to over winter calf and grow him out
    Got a NICE registered Nubian Buck for my herd (my first registered goat BTW)
    We are adding even more garden space for next year(raised beds)
    Planted asparagus
    Set up our strawberry pyramid (no plants yet)
    Will sell enough garden produce to pay for seed/plants....plenty left for next year!
    Learned that manure piles should be planted---AWESOME results
    Homeschooling all the kids (even the youngest I swore was off to PS)
    Getting trim painted and camp painted by 12yo son(he's GOOD!)
    Paid off all debts/mortgages in March

    Paying off the debt was probably our GREATEST feat.

    Our windows are on order and the woodshed is full and the next 3 years of wood is all cut and stacked....
     
  11. CountryMamaof5

    CountryMamaof5 Well-Known Member

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    1. I bought my first pigs
    2. I hatched out greater than 75% in incubator
    3. Got my first broody hen and she hatched out 7 chicks
    4. I had two broody ducks and they hatched out 12 and 9 respectively
    5. I made a predator proof coop and cut my losses
    6. I went to my first farm auction but brought home illness and hence I learned a lot
    7. I am more excited for next year and looking forward to all I will learn more than I have ever done for any other year before. We will be getting a black angus calf in the spring.
    8. I delivered a baby goat and sold my goats for probably about even of what I put into them. I have learned I do not like goats all that much.
     
  12. Mandy

    Mandy Well-Known Member

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    Well, I dont consider summer over until snow hits the ground :rolleyes: . At least this year anyways! Because hopefully by the time snow hits the ground we will be done building and living in our house. It was a huge goal of ours to build our home completely debt free and paid for, and well it is almost done. A lot of other things had to get pushed aside in order to obtain this goal. But in the end we have a home that is ours 100% with millions in sweat equity! :bouncy:

    Mandy :)
     
  13. Snuffy Smith

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    1 Went to Real Estate School
    2 Passed the National and State exam
    3 Got my License
    4 Had a new concrete patio poured in the back yard
    5 Had the old brick planter torn out, and replaced it with a new concrete sidewalk.
    6 Had both the front and back yard completly scraped clean.
    7 had 3 red oaks planted in the front and back yards
    8 Landscaped the entire backyard with various plants, borders, and red mulch.
    9 Put new brick around the trees
    10 Found a 42 in Plasma on sale, and bought it!!
    11 Planted new grass seed. Thank goodness for the recent rains.
    12 Had a new roof put on the house.
    Can't wait till next Summer.
     
  14. TxCloverAngel

    TxCloverAngel Happiness is Homemade

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    1. got our first turkeys (LOVE em!)
    2. made my first quilts. http://www.clovercountryfarms.com/Quilts.html
    3. chosen to be part of a TV show production
    4. visited and got to try a totally new lifestyle (because of #3)
    5. got our first meat rabbits (hope to have kits b4 summer is over)
    6. doubled garden size.
    7. fixed fences
    8. got welsh ponies to put in the new fencing.
    9. built a new potting shed
    10. put a new roof on our house
    11. planted lots of new fruit trees/vines (apple, peaches, citrus, kiwi, fig)
    hmmmmm that's all I can think of at the moment.
     
  15. cindyc

    cindyc Well-Known Member

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    Ummmm.... surely I did something!
    Well... had a square foot garden for the first time.
    planted potatos and sweet potatos for the first time.
    Put up a TON more veggies than last year.
    Learned to use the dehydrator.
    Well... that is SOMETHING, right?

    Cindyc.
     
  16. turtlehead

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    Did they do a good job? Seems to me the lack of opposable thumbs would have made for a slow and sloppy job, but what do I know?

    :p
     
  17. TxCloverAngel

    TxCloverAngel Happiness is Homemade

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  18. Marilyn in CO

    Marilyn in CO Well-Known Member

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    Set up and running a new business in town as well as still doing all the farm and natural beef stuff. I have been putting up some garden produce lately and getting one of my rentals ready to rent. Thats about enough for this old lady.......come on winter, maybe a little less hectic. Although I always seem to make time to read this dadgum forum. :p
     
  19. sullen

    sullen Question Answerer

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    Really. I set a goal last month of selling my new marketing product.
     
  20. Tracy Rimmer

    Tracy Rimmer CF, Classroom & Books Mod Supporter

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    Learned to mix a perfect G & T...

    Oh... you mean, farm-related :D ... well, I just got done freezing 10 lbs of green beans and half a bushel of corn. I've filled pretty much every jar I own with SOMETHING, dehydrated three bushels of tomatoes, made (and froze in individual portions) more herb pesto than we'll use in ten years (my herb garden really went crazy this year...) and the boys are a month into their schoolwork.

    I'm calling it a success.