2012 was the year of the big learning curve in the overall scheme of self-sufficiency, and I will say we learned a lot but still have long way to go. We learned from reading lots of great books, following some inspiring blogs, and had lots of real life experience, which is of course the best teacher of all.
We raised 50 chickens for our own consumption, all heritage breeds.
Egg production from our 12 layers was outstanding, more than enough for us with some extra to sell or trade.
Our Alpine and Oberhasli does gave us 4 healthy kids, 3 boys and 1 girl. We found homes for the boys and kept the Ober girl as a replacement doe.
With all the milk our 3 does gave us, we had more than enough to meet our needs for drinking, cooking, yogurt, cheese and soap. Any extra we had went to the barn cats and chickens.
We launched our all natural soap business this fall on Etsy and have been very pleased with the sales we’ve had, and especially the wonderful feedback we’ve had from our customers. People love our soap!
We won’t talk about the garden. Pretty much a failure. However, that really made us take a hard look at our garden and put several improvements in place for next year. Our biggest success in the garden last year was raspberries, which I LOVE and can’t get enough of and didn’t even think I’d have success growing them this far south. Boy, was I wrong! We ate pounds of fresh raspberries, froze even more, and gave some away.
Tomorrow we will see what’s in store for Silver Moon Farm in 2013.