What is the current state of your homestead and flock? What is working for you? What would you like to do more of, and what would you like to change? Consider each of the areas below and begin to define your goals! In coming days, I’ll discuss each of these points in greater depth and let you know what I am thinking for my new homestead.Poultry Flock: Species, breeds, size, age, male/female ratio
Poultry Management: Feed, water, pasture, protection, density, bedding, nesting, breeding, brooding, first aid, prevention, handling, transportation, integration into other areas of the homestead, on-site food production, cost, enjoyment
Animal Housing: Coop and barn designs, appearance, utility, ease of use, maintenance cost, required upkeep, environmental impact, ventilation, lighting, storage, distance from house, location relative to wind and sun exposure, water access, water collection, electricity, safetyHorticulture: Gardens, seasonal protection, tilling or not tilling, raised beds, garden structures, composting, vermicomposting, location, wind and sun exposure, companion planting, crop rotation, cover crops, permanent plantings, seed saving, variety selection, nutrient value, sustainability
Permaculture: Mature plantings, layers, guilds, zones, functionality, natives vs. nonnatives
Sustainability: Waste management, resource use, water harvesting, heating fuel, source of electricity if any, preservation of local or keystone species of plants and animals
Other: Ponds, streams, fish, game, other livestock, clothing fiber, natural dyes, root cellar, smokehouse, solar cooking, drying, medicinal plantings, decorative plantings, wind breaks, privacy, maintenance of wild food sourcesConsider the ideas above. This is only a starting place! Leave comments below suggesting other areas to consider or *your goals* for these areas. You can also keep a journal, post your goals in the comments here or on Scratch Cradle’s Facebook page, and pin pictures of what you would like to see to the Envision Your Flock group Pinterest board. Leave me a comment on any of my pins on the Envision board and I will send you an invitation to join! After we set our goals, we will choose one to begin working towards now. We will brainstorm ideas on how to take the first steps!
This is post #2 of the Vision and Action series!