Our Homesteading Goals For 2015

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When I asked my husband to sit down and brainstorm with me about our homesteading goals for 2015, he declined, and said that I should just make a list of all the things I want him to get done this year, and be done with it.

According to him, I rule the roost in that area. Smart man. ๐Ÿ™‚

I did finally get him to come up with some goals that HE wants to accomplish this year too, so here is our list!

January– Build a large fenced in area that will include room for the chickens, and the pigs that we will be getting in the spring (see goal #3).

February– Finish cutting down all of the trees that are shading our new garden area.

March– Get a couple of piglets and 20 meat chickens.

April– Build a clothesline, and get all our wood split and stacked for the winter of 2015-2016ย 

May– Get our old truck road-worthy, and plant 5 fruit trees/bushes.

June– Clear more timber to create more garden space and a pasture.

July, August, ย September–ย Build a root cellar and begin stocking it with our garden harvest

October– Plant 5 more fruit trees/bushes in the orchard, and ginseng and goldenseal in the woods.

November & December–ย Butcher chickens and pigs.

What are your goals for 2015?

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21 responses to “Our Homesteading Goals For 2015”

  1. These sound like some awesome goals. I need to set up some around the house goals. They would be a little different since we don’t have lots of animals. Mostly just organizing goals! I’d love if you would stop by and share on my linkup.

  2. I love that you’re husband has decided to just go along with you! I’m in the same boat. I think I saw him cry a little when I picked up the fruit tree catalog ๐Ÿ˜‰ I hope you exceed your goals this year

  3. Nikki Wilson says:

    I need to make a list like this too! Looks great ๐Ÿ™‚

    Do you know what kind of meat chickens you are getting? We bought meat chickens for the first time last year and I was surprised at how quickly they grew. In less than a couple months they were ready to be butchered. I think we are going to try a different breed this year.

  4. This is such an exciting list! My husband is spending his free time starting a business (outside of the day job) which doesn’t leave any time for homestead projects. I miss sharing the honey-do lists. Your new homestead is going to be even more amazing this year ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Angi says:

      Oh wow! I hope all goes well with your husband’s new venture! I love seeing your blog posts. I am a big fan ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Jendi says:

    Great list! Reminds me of my husband and how he’s not much of a planner. I want to let you know that there is hope. ๐Ÿ™‚ My husband is doing more planning since we are working on getting debt free. I’ve been reading about how important it is to write down goals so I’m trying to plan ahead. Best wishes!

  6. Dana Henry says:

    My goals this year are to can more, try out a pressure cooker , bake my own bread all year long and never buy store bread and improve my container garden.

    • Angi says:

      Love your goals Dana! I need to develop a sandwich bread that my step son will eat. He likes all my bread as toast, but not for sandwiches…

      • Angie Greene says:

        If you have a bread recipe you like, add 1/2 a crushed vitamin C tablet to your bread it will make it more the consistency of sandwich bread.

  7. Lacey says:

    These are awesome goals!! We want to homestead but where we live (we rent right now) we can’t have animals and don’t think they are too keen on gardening so right now I’m just trying to learn as much as possible and we’ve started building up supplies for the future!!

    • Angi says:

      I totally understand Lacey! We were renting before we moved last year, and it can definitely put a crimp in your homesteading style. lol
      There are things you can do, like plant a few things in pots, buy produce in bulk and preserve it, do DIY projects around the house, and just generally read and learn just like you are planning on doing. Great goal for the year!

  8. JES says:

    Great goals! I love reading other peoples as it just gets me more excited about fine-tuning our homestead. Our link would include to start raising another beef cow (just butchered the last one) and install a windmill.

    Thanks for sharing each week on the Art of Home-Making Mondays ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Kat says:

    Loved reading your list. We have about 5 acres in South Central VA, still largely wooded, but have space for a decent garden. We have a flock of chickens, but are thinking about buying some meat chickens this year. I think my January goal is to create a one year menu, based on the notion of what we can grow, with the aim of trying to figure out how much food to put up to last a year. I doubt I’ll grow/process that much this year, but I’m curious what the blueprint would look like. We also need to cut down trees to expand our garden space, but I’m nervous because I know there is poison ivy in there and I get it really bad. I don’t think he’s decided for sure if he wants to deal with that. I’m really enjoying your blog.

  10. April says:

    My husband does the same lol. This hobby farm was my idea so I’m in charge, sometimes I think he only went along with it to keep me happy. My goals this year is to add 4 goats to the mix, bring dirt in , add more poultry, and make the garden larger. Our end goal is to be ready come Fall so we can go Groceries Free. Which will mean no more Grocery Store shopping for us, hopefully. Of course it will all ride on the garden. If it doesnt work out we will try again.

  11. Shannon Daughtry says:

    We are currently on the hunt for land to begin our homestead. I am so excited! ๐Ÿ™‚ We’re currently in Pennsylvania. Looking for land here, Virginia, or West Virginia. I was wondering if there’s anything you would have done differently while looking for land, and if you find Virginia’s laws to be homestead-friendly? Love your blog!!!
    Thanks! Shannon

    • Angi says:

      We love Virginia, and have had zero problems with our homesteading projects/permits/etc here! Would love to have more homesteaders in our area! :)))

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