It's been quite a while since I've last posted here... I've been making a LOT of jerky on my new dehydrator, and trying out new bread recipes. I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas. I know I did! I got the ultimate gift. For the past 3 or so years that I've been a member, I've always talked about wanting a small homestead...........
AT LAST!!! We've found one! The week after Thanksgiving, our offer was accepted on a 3 acre parcel with a modest ranch style home on it! We got an exceptional deal, as the property was a foreclosure. There is some minor work to be done in the kitchen area (they took the kitchen sink, literally!), and quite a lot to do out back before I can "farm" it, but it's entirely worth the effort, of course! We'll be relocating at the end of February.
I chose a 5 burner propane stove and an over-sized double sink for the kitchen in preparation for large harvest processing jobs. (Since we've last talked, I bought a Presto 23 Quart canner and received a Nesco FD-75 Dehydrator for Christmas!) We will be constructing a basement root cellar before autumn, and there is already shelving built into the wall for canned good storage.
I've been carefully scouring the Baker Creek seed catalog. It looks as though I will probably have to buy starts from the local nursery for things that I should have started in the house in February, and just buy seeds for direct sow crops like cukes and beans. I don't have any grow lights or greenhouse, and won't have time to build/buy them this season. I've also been mulling over various varieties of fruit trees, which I hope to get planted this season as well...
We've been looking at baby chics in the McMurray catalog. One of our first outdoor projects will be a chicken coup/run. I think we're going to go with a "Rainbow Layer" package. It's 15 random hens of various egg laying breeds. It'll be fun to have a variety of barnyard friends. We only need about 6, so a friend will be taking some of them, too. Eventually, we will get a couple of goats, too.
There's so much to do, but I've been thinking about all this for such a long time, I feel like I'm ready to face it all head on! I will definitely be posting updates/photos/videos as we go along! I'll be relying on you more seasoned folks for advice in the future! (Thanks in advance!)