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How We Homestead - Part 5: Looking Into The Future

June 12, 2013

This is part 5 of a 5-part series on how 5 different bloggers homestead.  To read the first 3 installments {How It All Began, Living Simply,Real Food & Our Daily Life}, click {here}.

How is it that it's been 5 weeks since we started this series?  I feel grateful and honored that the 4 women who participated in this series agreed to do so.  I sincerely enjoyed writing every post as well as reading the four other bloggers views/experiences on the same subjects.  Thank you, ladies, for participating in this series.  Thank you all for reading our posts and leaving such wonderful comments and thank you Meg for coming up with the series name!  Appropriately enough, this last part is a look into the future.

Where the future takes us, it's hard to know for sure, but we certainly have our ideas & goals of where we'd like to be.  In the immediate future I hope to master the art of hard cheese-making {I just found a very close local source of raw milk and am very excited to work with that}, have a winter full of knitting and sewing lovely things for us, continuing to grow the majority of our veggies, increase the yield of fruits grown by us, and add honeybees for honey and beeswax.   I want to continue to challenge myself to at least try making as much as possible - even if I choose to, in the end, purchase the item(s) I think it's a good idea to have the experience of making it.  I'm hoping to write more, sell a few homemade products {coming soon} and begin teaching classes.

In the 5-10 year plan, we would first like to purchase a larger piece of property {10 acres would be nice}.  Our hope is that this property will house chickens, bees, a few goats, a few cows & pigs.  In addition, we'd like to operate a small, 25-30 family, CSA including veggies, some fruits, eggs, poultry, herbs, cut flowers and possibly milk & cheeses.  

In addition to the CSA, we're also considering a 2-3 room Bed & Breakfast.  It will probably depend on the amount of debt the property & house put us in - if we need to add the B&B and are able to do so then we will.

I love to teach and have a passion for the "domestic arts" so I'm sure I will also be teaching all types of things including cheese-making, making soap, growing & using herbs, etc.

Our visit to Essex Farm last year proved to be very inspirational.  Even though they are much larger than we strive to be, it was great to see a CSA, that is on the verge of including more than veggies & fruit, in action.  Kristin & Mark shared with us some of the many hurdles they came across and the creative ways they were able to overcome them.  I am also inspired by Rainbeau Ridge, although best known for their goat cheese, they have run a small CSA for a few years more similar in size to what we strive to provide.  Both of these farms provide a "free choice" system for their CSA which I think would be ideal.

In addition to the realistic goals, I have dreams for our little future farm including raising llamas and/or sheep for fiber & hosting "dinner on the farm" events to benefit local charities where we would have local chefs come and prepare dinner for guests utilizing our products.

Thank you so much again for taking the time to read this post and for getting to know us and a little more about our journey.

Please visit the other 4 amazing women joining me on this series for their homesteading stories. 
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