Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Our Next Adventure

If you're reading this, it means you follow my blog - THANK YOU! I have decided to go on a bit of a social media fast (other than this blog), so this link hasn't been shared anywhere.

Facebook posts have been making me legitimately angry (as in heart rate increases and I find myself gritting my teeth or clenching my fists) for a while, and I've become deeply disappointed in several people that I know and I respected (note past tense), so I've decided to just avoid social media all together for a time. It'll do me much good.

Now, down to business.
Guess what? We're NOT moving!

Hahaha! The last few "next adventures" have included a move - 1/2 way across the country on more than one occasion, and I'm ecstatic to report that our next adventure will not include packing boxes, driving a moving truck, or house hunting. Yay!

A bit of history - For several years now, the prospect of going off grid has looked great to me. Each passing year, watching the deterioration of humanity, makes it look a little more awesome.

We are not going off the grid at this point in our lives, though I refuse to say that will never happen. But we are going to start a small hobby farm/homestead, and I couldn't be more excited! I've never been one to be scared of hard work. With hard work comes a big sense of pride. I like feeling proud. 

We are an outdoory family. Our television doesn't come on M-F, and time spent staring at screens is limited on the weekends. We're outdoors 7 days a week during warmer times of the year, and still try to be out when it's cold. We appreciate and respect animals, though I don't (and won't for a second) put the worth of an animal's life over that of a human. I feel that God put animals on the earth for us, as humans, to enjoy and benefit from, and it's a healthy and sustainable relationship.

I've spent the last few months doing a LOT of research, deciding how much money we need to save to get this dream of mine off the ground, and planning, planning, planning!

This isn't a dream that's going to happen tomorrow. I'm not a patient person, and when I want something, I generally want it now. But I'm also a planner and I hate being un-prepared, so we're hoping to get everything off the ground in mid- 2017. Here's the framework of the next 12 months:

Summer 2016:
Lots of it.
I'm currently in my second book on raising dairy goats. I started reading the books after I exhausted my online resources.
Next, I'll start researching chickens.
We finally paid off our credit card debt last month, and are building our emergency fund. All other spare pennies are going into the fund to get the farm off the ground.
I've reached out to several dairy goat breeders in the area, and I'm currently on two waiting lists.
The kids (of the human variety- lol) and I are going to visit a local dairy operation next weekend to experience it and ask questions.
I'm in contact with a backyard goat farmer in my hometown, and we will go visit that farm as well, next time we are in central Indiana.

Fall 2016:
I've got plans drawn out, and costs calculated. We'll drive the posts after the garden has been harvested this year.
I'm not going into this farm with the intention of making a living (right away, at least), but I still want to know how much it costs me, what repairs were done and when, and how much I will maybe eventually need to sell products for to break even or make a profit.

Winter 2016/2017:
I've researched and have plans worked out.
Goat shelter is 1st priority, chicken coop is 2nd. If chickens don't happen in 2017, that's ok. We can add them in 2018, or later in 2017 even.
I'll probably start building in the fall, but building a shelter will give me something to work on during the long, dull winter months.

Spring 2017:
As long as we have shelter and are ready for them.

Beyond 2017:
Those dreams are a-cookin' I assure you! :)

I invite you to follow along on this awesome adventure! I may or may not create a new website or blog dedicated solely to the farm, but that remains to be seen at this point. If that happens, I'll surely share that information!


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