Farm Achievements for 2012

Sometimes it’s nice just to list the different things you have accomplished during the year. That way, when you have one of those days where you feel like you have done absolutely nothing or feel like you are just going in circles, you can look back and see — hey! I have done a lot this year that I should be proud of!

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Here is our list, but please chime in on the comments section of this post and let us know what you are especially proud of accomplishing this year (no need to be farm related):

• successfully bred for our first angora rabbit litters
• joined ARBA, American Rabbit Breeders Association, and registered our Rabbitry
• Trevor caught a feral honeybee swarm downtown
• reared a new honeybee queen (partly by luck)
• grew and harvested about 10% of our total consumed produce for the year (let’s get this number up for 2013!)
• made enough money from the sale of extra eggs to pay for chicken feed through the summer and fall
• learned to make a sourdough yeast starter from nothing but flour and water
• learned to make naturally carbonated soda from ginger root and sugar
mistakenly learned to make wine from fruit juice and ginger bug
• extracted the first honey from our beehives
• started an online store to sell our handmade farm-related goods
• successfully hand-fed rabbit kits (no easy feat let me tell you!)
• attended a workshop and learned to “process” rabbits (thank you for the new confidence I.U.H.)
• learned to make “farm cheese” from scratch
• made all sorts of contraptions for the garden and Rabbitry
• made a cob oven and cooked pizzas, cookies, and bread in it!

Phew! I’m sure there is more, but these are the accomplishments that stick in my head. If you are interested in learning how we did all these things check out our DIY Projects page or use the search box at the bottom of the page. Otherwise, let’s toast to the New Year with a tall glass of homebrewed mango wine! **wink wink**

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