• 2013 Goals & Giveaway

    by  • January 1, 2013 • Family, Featured, Holidays, Home & Family • 17 Comments

    lil, rachel, alex picture hawaiiLast year was a busy one, as always, for our family. We some of our 2012 goals by traveling to San Salvador Island, Bahamas and the Big Island of Hawaii with extended family and we finally moved to a new homestead-to-be. The stress of moving, an injury, a major summer storm, and some minor illnesses kept us from being as healthy as we would have liked.

    In my individual pursuits, I joyfully provided freelance web services for Watershed Distillery and City Folk’s Farm Shop and represented Swainway Urban Farm at farmers’ markets. The American Dairy Association Mideast and Pork Checkoff provided me with tours of farms and facroties to learn more about food production. I reached hundreds of people through classes at Franklin Park Conservatory and City Folk’s Farm Shop and programs with Granville Homesteading group, Clintonville Farmers’ Market, and the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association. I love this work because it provides me chances to exercise my educator muscles and interact with creative, smart, supportive people.

    Alex, Lil and I are excited to turn over a new leaf (or, in more appropriate seasonal terms, shovel a new path) in 2013. We want to fulfill the potential of our new homestead and continue to grow strong bodies and minds. In 2013, we hope for and will work towards:

    -a garden and hoophouse full of produce
    -a pantry full of preserved goods
    -eating meat we raise and slaughter on our property
    -collecting more eggs from more chickens
    -a way to offer unusual but important workshops on demystifying guns and meat animal slaughter
    -a more energy-efficient home
    -better health through lower stress and homestead exercise
    -travel to new places within our city and beyond
    -an updated name and website to more accurately reflect our new activities beyond the kitchen

    City Folk’s Farm Shop gave me three beautiful Igloo Letterpress 2013 wall calendar posters to ring in the new year for some lucky readers.

    Enter to win by sharing one goal you have for 2013 in the comments. Be sure to leave an email address so that we may contact you if random.org picks you as a winner. The contest will be open until January 12, 2013. We will pay shipping to anywhere in the world, so enter away foreign friends.

    From our homestead to yours, here’s to a fulfilling new year!

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    I live to eat and eat to live, planning every meal to include as much local and seasonal abundance as possible. My favorite color is purple, my favorite vegetable is whatever is fresh and local, and my favorite drink is whatever you're pouring. Follow me @racheltayse


    17 Responses to 2013 Goals & Giveaway

    1. January 1, 2013 at 12:35 pm

      The usual goal for most people is the one I’ve chosen. Get on track to be healthier, all around. Happy New Year!

    2. deb cannon
      January 1, 2013 at 8:56 pm

      One goal I have is to write everyday. Write something, anything to help me grow as a writer.

    3. Mindy B
      January 2, 2013 at 10:04 am

      We also moved this year and my goal is to set up a garden and fruit trees in the back yard. Since I have a completely blank slate, I’ve found it a bit overwhelming. I just can’t decide what to do! I want to plant things that we will use, and also that I can preserve. Since it is a large task for me, it might take me more than one growing season to get things accomplished! (And I imagine it will be a while before my fruit trees actually produce fruit). Oh well, something to look forward to!

    4. Lisa W
      January 2, 2013 at 11:09 am

      My goal is learn how to make my own cheese!

    5. Laurin
      January 2, 2013 at 2:10 pm

      I’m going to stay the course and make even more things from scratch this year!

    6. January 4, 2013 at 8:40 pm

      Continual self-improvement, reading the Bible in a year, and making our farm more productive.

    7. Elizabeth
      January 5, 2013 at 9:46 am

      It’s hard to narrow it down to one goal but I guess the most important one is to plant more perennial edibles and medicinals in the garden and take great care of them. The garden’s at the inlaws’ so as it’s an “out of sight, out of mind” situation my goal is to visit it at least twice a week!

    8. Meredith Kitts
      January 8, 2013 at 10:06 am

      My goal this year is to live for us, which sounds self-centered, but really isn’t. My husband and I need to learn to live so that we are enjoying our life, rather than making decisions to please others. This should be easy to do in theory, but from two people-pleasing people who often find themselves miserably involved in adventures we’d never choose on our own, this is a challenge. The art of saying “no” and the presence to say “we are worth more” is the goal.

    9. January 11, 2013 at 12:16 pm

      I do have lots of health & business goals since health is my business, but a random fun one this year is to read Les Miserables.

    10. Heather P
      January 11, 2013 at 12:20 pm

      My goal is to practice patience and understanding…. I’m a bit quick to snap sometimes and that makes me no fun.

      Also, I hereby vow to make it to the market more often this summer. My summer was really crappy so I missed out on a lot of fun market time. I’m not going to let that happen this year.

    11. Cindy L
      January 11, 2013 at 12:58 pm

      my goal is to learn how to home can fruits, vegetables, and jelly/jams. I have been putting it off because it sounds intimidating, but i will give it a shot this year.

    12. Erica Best
      January 11, 2013 at 1:33 pm

      is to be more fit .

    13. January 11, 2013 at 1:38 pm

      Declutter! I’m determined to keep our family in our two bedroom home instead of upgrading which means staying on top of “stuff.”

    14. Sara
      January 11, 2013 at 1:46 pm

      One of my goals this year is to eat more food from my garden!

    15. January 12, 2013 at 9:09 am

      My main home goal is to expand my garden and allow my chickens more free range space without them eating all of it!

    16. Faye
      January 12, 2013 at 9:14 am

      I want to do a better job tracking what comes out of my garden – yield, performance, what we liked, how we used it, any waste. Things I always think I’m going to remember, but then only have fuzzy details about come January.

    17. Faye
      January 12, 2013 at 9:21 am

      Tracking the performance of my garden better – yield, what we liked, any waste, etc. Details that I always *think* I will remember, but then have only fuzzy details around come January.

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