Thursday, January 12, 2012

Coming up with a plan


 When we moved into the house 2+ years ago, we had a vague idea of what we wanted to do.  That idea pretty much encompassed a little bit of everything hence the virtual cornucopia of animals that now reside at Thistle-Willow farm.  Left to our own devices, the Major and I are a little....um..flighty...and well..unfocused.   I have declared an end to all of that though...as of now, 2012, we are sitting down and getting organized and focused and actually coming up with a plan for how this farm can make money...instead of just eat it.


We've spent a few hours sitting and talking about different ways we can get this farm to begin to provide for itself.  So far we have a pretty good list of possible product, and an ok list of possible venues.  We also sat down and made a list of what needed to be done around here, and the Major then turned that into a spreadsheet (GEEK!! :P) of what and when.  If we can manage to cross off even a 1/3 of that list I'll be happy.  


 Mostly I'm just happy that I no longer feel as though I'm sitting here spinning my wheels and getting nowhere.  I love being organized, I love having a plan (I am a total planner)...it gives me purpose and drive.  The next few blog posts will be about these lists and the plans we have, so keep an eye out!

  I feel as though this year is going to be an exciting year for Thistle-Willow Farm...the year we actually step out into the world and say "hello".  An exciting year indeed and I'm totally looking forward to it!


9 comments:

Firefly Mom said...

Sell your willie warmers! Seriously...you'd become a web sensation and make enough money to get Kittay therapy.

NancyDe said...

It always amazes me when I start thinking of something, someone else blogs about it. I have been wanting to sit down and have this conversation with my husband... and I love my lists, too!

Arabella said...

Wow, another farmer here! :)) I'm a vet and have a farm too: a herd of dairy cows in Spain, but a very little one, unfortunately not like those you have in the USA. :(
What do you produce? Cheers!

Chai Chai said...

Wow - what a cool new webpage format. Do you claim your property as a farm on your taxes? I was thinking about doing that here last year but wasn't sure how it would all work out. That could be a way to save some cash.

I would like to break even here as well, I think the chickens are the only ones here who pay their way. You have inspired me with something on your farm, see my post tomorrow and the "what" will be obvious.

Stacy Davis said...

we haven't claimed it...we've always done the easy form....but with more and more expenses we may try in the near future. probably not this year because...well...I'm really unorganized and I doubt i have everything I'm sure I need. Total slacker ;p lol

Gayle said...

Having a plan is one thing....I have lots of those...having difficulty putting them in motion. I hope you have better luck. To many successes in 2012!

TeresaR said...

And of course I missed this due to not being able to read blogs lately. :-/ OMG, your pigs are too cute!

Best of luck with the income earning plan!

Payaso Revolución said...

I loved the piglets!

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