1. Continue on Microgreen business
2. Start growing seasonable edible flowers and baby leaf
3. Buy at least 1 perennial in large quantity to grow out under sapling trees. Thinking of various mints.
4. Start a blog-to-be-ebook
5. Earning some sort of compensation for this huge undertaking would be greatly appreciated, but maybe not in 2016.
1. Build two portable brooders for my Muscovy ducks - 4 would be better.
2. Continue to rehabilitate the weedy area behind the house, planting trees and shrubs.
3. Help 2 friends plant trees, or better yet, tree guilds.
4. Try to build a real African Raised Keyhole Bed - my "fake it" one has issues, but as a proof of concept for my climate was successful enough that I need to take it to the next step.
5. Plant more strawberries where they'll be happy but protected from the deer - maybe around the Asian Pear tree?
'Theoretically this level of creeping Orwellian dynamics should ramp up our awareness, but what happens instead is that each alert becomes less and less effective because we're incredibly stupid.' - Jerry Holkins
1. Finish reading all my permaculture books (I've got at least 5 of them 'on the go')
2. Build an 'ultimate greenhouse' of some description
3. Blog more usefully and consistently
4. Graft some more fruit trees
5. Decide if I want to gain ducks, and if the answer is yes- then gain ducks.
I don't seem to have filled this out last year.. else I'd have looked if I'd actually accomplished them!
1. Brush dams in the creek
2. Exclusion fencing around as many trees as I can manage
3. Set up composting system with chickens 4. Work on future food forest
5. Grow more staple foods and learn to eat them
I'm just starting out so:
1) fix our backyard drainage issue by regrading
2) sheet mulch the prime garden area and put in keyhole beds
3) rip out unwanted decorative hedges and replace them with food-bearing bushes (probably berries)
4) set up a real hot compost pile
5) build raised beds in the front yard
1.) Build the first room of the new house, we really need the extra space this will provide.
2.) Get more hog pastures ready and put into rotation, we have the goal of happy hogs and this is paramount for reducing the bought feed cost.
3.) Expand gardens to ten so we can grow more of our own food, reducing the grocery bill is always a good thing.
4.) Get the road more rain resistant to erosion so we can get in and out easier, need to finish the 400 foot long ditch and get the road properly pitched so we quit getting deep ruts with every downpour.
5.) Get the Storm shelter/ Root cellar built and ready for the spring tornado season, should have two years before the next one hits the town but you never know what the earth mother will do.
I have many more on the list, but these are the top five that I am working on.
1. Drain the pool and turn the hole into a stable kratergarden
2. Manage the adjacent acre that I now have the use of in a way that pleases the landowner so much that the farmer I talk about in this thread never has access to it again. Build this relationship with the landowner while trying to maintain a relationship with the farmer which is tentatively Not-Too-Bad. Continue to build and nurture other relationships, including return wwoofers.
3. Propagate trees from cuttings and propagate plants from cuttings in larger numbers. Begin to learn grafting and practice on roses.
4. Make some videos of my experiments and share them on permies
5. Figure out if any of the grants and loans available to farmers can apply to me and my plans, especially my plans to plant a pollinator-attracting zone 4 buffer between my farm and the GMO/chemical farms northwest of my place and my plans to build a sunken greenhouse/walipini
I am new here but definitely have permies related goals for 2016
1) Use the computer to connect with like minded people insead of letting it consume time.
2) Figure out what perennial groundcover plants to add to my blueberry bed.( currently self sown cilantro, mixed clovers, and hensbit)
3) Pick 5 types of perennial plants with edible parts and trial them in my zone 7 yard. (Jujube, partridge berry and goji berry are on the list so far)
4) Consult with local permiculturists and redesign the planting plan for my 1/2 acre yard to include swales and a "zone 1" area for growing greens.
5) Continue teaching local gardeners to move toward more sustainable practices.
Those are the main things. If anyone has suggestions for plants bring them on.
5. Cut all cedar (juniper trees) along dry creek bed. Also those choking out oak trees (growing against them). More importantly, find a creative use for the cut trees- structures, fence posts, trimmings added into dam project listed above.
An ongoing project! We use about 50% cedar in our woodstove (nope, no creosote buildup, because it burns hot), put it in buried wood beds, make wildlife brushpiles, every few years get a bunch of them cut down and chipped by the guys who can work much faster than we can, and lately, we've been making brushdams with a ton of it. But there's always more cedar!
1. finish initial food forest plantings that have already been planned and bought
2. mulch out everything
3. create dragonfly breeding pond
4. learn more about storing excess - dehydrating, canning, etc.
5. hopefully sell some excess to friends to recoup some of the initial costs
Drywall the cabin, using only stuff that I am paid to remove. Cover with earth plaster.
Finish masonry stove.
Remove all branches within 20 ft. of the ground on all future timber trees. I can do it mostly from the ground, using my Stihl cordless long reach pole saw. Remove most evergreens in vicinity of cabin.
Construct viewing platform by waterfall. It's very steep and slippery. Unfortunately, it's also seasonal. Dries up by May, returns in November.
Plant pomegranate, figs, kiwi, grapes and paw paw.
1- set up a small aquaponic system for growing my own lettuce so that it is slug-free
2- build a small screen house for growing my own cucumbers and slicing tomatoes (we have fruit fly and pickleworm problems here)
3- build a small greenhouse for growing my own summer squash and sweet peppers (too much wind and lack of heat is a problem for me)
4- expand the sheep flock
5- increase the number of garden beds so that I have more excess food for trading and sharing
I actually have 7 more goals for 2016. One per month. The January goal is to build a new rabbit hutch area in order to move the rabbits away from the dangerous eucalyptus trees. Last year a wind storm toppled dozens of trees, a couple of which fell on some rabbit hutches. So far the new rabbit area is about half done. I'm right on target!
It's never too late to start! I retired to homestead on the slopes of Mauna Loa, an active volcano. I relate snippets of my endeavor on my blog : www.kaufarmer.blogspot.com
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