New Year, New Farm Goals

December 27, 2017

IMG_1942.jpg2017 was the year we bought the farm.

It was also the year we destroyed and subsequently rebuilt a house (we hired somebody) and upgraded our septic system (we did it ourselves!).  It was the year we took our first big family vacation (to the Redwoods and Disneyland) and bought our first LGD, Rowan.  It was the year we all saw our first solar eclipse and the year that both of my girls went to school full-time.

But it was not the year we accomplished a single one of our other goalsWhomp whomp.

Thank goodness for new years and fresh starts!

Una by fence.jpgMy plan is to write a whole post on each of these goals throughout the year, to go into more detail about the hows and the whys and the progress (if any) that we’re making.  Hopefully, now that we actually live out here we can get more done, and already I see that we’re making little inroads on some of these!  They’re all really pretty simple, but to check any of them off the list as finished would go a long way toward fixing up this old farm.  So, without further ado, here are my goals for 2018:

  • Rent a dumpster (again) and get rid of the remaining junk
  • Build a duck house and yard
  • Acquire some ducklings
  • Paint and shingle the chicken coop
  • Build raised beds and cold frames for year-round salad greens
  • Build and plant a strawberry patch
  • Transplant raspberry canes to a permanent raised bed
  • Prune fruit trees
  • Build a better garden fence
  • Expand garden
  • Clean out the garden shed
  • Clean out the greenhouse
  • Beautify backyard
  • Landscape around house
  • Fence in the lower field
  • Paint, clean out and fix up the wood shop (or, as we call it at present, the ugly old garage down by the road)
  • Cut down blackberries and miscreant alders
  • Begin to build perimeter fence
  • Fix or replace the tractor

IMG_2200I’m so excited for this year!  Excited to finally be in our house, living here on the most beautiful forty acres I could imagine.

Life is good, you guys, and I think 2018 is going to be good, too.  Happy New Year.


  • oldhouseintheshires

    December 27, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    What great plans! I’d love some chickens and ducks. Happy new year to you. X

  • The EcoFeminist

    December 27, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    Awesome! You will love ducks – ours make me laugh every single day (not to mention their eggs are SO amazingly tasty!). You mentioned perimeter fencing – how are you keeping deer out now, or are you? What kind of fencing are you considering? I’ve got a Pinterest page going nuts with so many suggestions I’ve gotten and I just know when we build this spring that it’s going to be a doozy of a project no matter what!

    1. The EcoFeminist

      December 27, 2017 at 6:10 pm

      PS – your greenhouse seriously makes me drool every time I see it.

      1. sproutandsprig

        December 27, 2017 at 7:05 pm

        Haha, thank you!

    2. sproutandsprig

      December 27, 2017 at 6:57 pm

      We don’t have any fencing now – just a “decorative” fence around the garden. We’re going to put up an 8-foot deer fence around the garden itself, then fence in shorter pastures for rotational grazing when we get animals. The perimeter fence would sort of link everything, and basically just be for keeping our animals in.

      1. The EcoFeminist

        December 27, 2017 at 11:13 pm

        Ah gotcha, thanks! I really really really want to bring my roses with me and heard they along with tulips and hostas are a favorite of deer, but I want to plant them “freely” (well, free but away from the ducks as those girls will eat everything in their path if allowed, we learned that the hard way with our 2′ raised beds they jumped into this year…oy!).


    December 28, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    May all your goals be reached and may the tear be abundant and happy for you.

  • wasabi honey bee

    December 29, 2017 at 2:24 am

    Just found your blog. . . Lovely! I’ll stop back when I have some more time : )

    1. sproutandsprig

      December 29, 2017 at 3:07 pm

      Thank you! I’m glad you stopped by – I’m off to read your blog now, too!

  • oldhouseintheshires

    December 29, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    1. sproutandsprig

      December 29, 2017 at 3:08 pm

      Haha! Thank you!

  • twainausten

    December 30, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    I’m excited for you! I’m also doing what you’re doing in the Southwest kootenay mountains in Canada. This is life is charmed—plenty of work, but really lovely.

  • sdllewellyn

    December 30, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    Love your goals! I’m hoping to get a couple ducks too!

  • Matthew Blythe

    December 30, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    This is my dream! But wouldn’t know where to start!! Good luck. Try to cross a couple of things off at a time. Looks a massive to do list! Am following you to see how things progress!
    Happy New Year!

    1. sproutandsprig

      December 31, 2017 at 1:30 am

      Thank you! It is a massive to do list, but I’m hoping we can do it!

  • Wendy

    January 3, 2018 at 7:07 am

    Lots to do but it sounds like you’re going to have an amazing year getting it all done! I would love to live in a farm, well I’d love to have loads of beautiful land to call my own anyway. Good luck with all your 2018 goals xx #BlogCrush

    1. sproutandsprig

      January 3, 2018 at 4:15 pm

      Thank you so much! There is so much to do, but I am really looking forward to it!

  • Spring Lake Homestead

    January 23, 2018 at 7:36 pm

    Well, living on the farm will definitely help towards achieving your goals, as I am sure having your girls in school full time will as well. Best of luck in 2018!

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