- Cut down small grove of thorny trees that have popped up in the middle of the pasture and plow up that area for pasture planting (they are about an inch think or more).
- No-till drill in a pasture mix throughout the main pasture areas.
- Run water and electricity out the the new shed (the extension cord from the back of the house works, but isn't ideal.
- Put up permanent high tensile fence around the homestead area.
- Plant trees around the homestead (hardwoods and pines).
- Install a frost-free automatic cattle waterer for the winter lot.
- Cut lanes through the woods to setup electric fence for pig paddocks.
- Clean out area in the storage section of our house building for a chicken brooder (just a few chicks).
- Build a mobile chicken coop to follow the cattle out on pasture.
- Build three more pig huts (various designs to see what I like best).
- Plant a windbreak on the west side of the winter lot for the cattle (and probably the pigs next year).
- Gather wood for next winter (I understand that will be an all year thing and it really has already started).
- Get all my hay on the farm before fall (try to buy extra hay out of the field as opposed to all winter long).
- Clean out and compost the deep-bedding from the cattle shed.
- Put up gutters.
- Prep the garden and plow/disc the current pig area for this years sweet corn (this will be an as soon as possible project understandably).
- Build a portable loose mineral feeder and water cart.
- Gather all the materials needed to set-up at a farmers market (coolers, signs, table, tent, etc.)
Friday, March 05, 2010
Spring Thaw :: Many Projects
Since I have a tendency to become overwhelmed by the projects on my plate I thought it would be a good idea to get a jump on the planning and map them out so I have obtainable goals for this spring/summer/fall. There are quite a few things that need to get done and just as many or more that I would like to get done. So, here is what I was thinking ... I have decent idea of some of the most important projects, but I thought I could list them out and you all could throw out ideas on the order I should attack things. Some things will be obvious because they have to be done first before other things can take place, but some other things ... Let's just say I always appreciate all the help I can get!
Here is the list as it stands now...
That's my 5-minute list (it took me 5 minutes to put it together). How would your rate the priority? Any thoughts on what to add (if you know much about the farm)?
**As a side note ... Rich, that is a picture of my smallest cow at the hay ring. It's a normal hay ring so I would say maybe 4 feet tall or so ... You can tell she is small. I'll try to get some pictures of me standing next to the bigger ones, but they really aren't much bigger.