This year marks the begining of the first year with all six of us in the old farm house. Hopefully by the end of this year the new farm house will be fully occupied by my sister-in-law’s family.
This year we moved in, got the chickens, learned how to treat chick illnesses, tapped multiple trees for syrup, learned about the seasonal flooding on the property, tried gardening round 1, moved my brother’s family into the farm house, built the chicken coop, built two chicken tractors, put a dent in the unpacking, got our first eggs, got some seeds from the garden for next year, learned how to slaughter chickens, and a lot more. It’s been a crazy busy year.
In a lot of ways next year’s goal can be simplified to ‘the same thing only better.’ Armed with the trial and errors of this year we are better prepared to ramp up our activities slightly. A better breed of chicken for our needs. A garden more focused on production for the most immediate needs (particularly chicken feed). And probably a whole lot of things that we didn’t plan on. After all three quarters of farm life is unexpected.