This is what I have been up to lately. This is the first time that I believe I have placed some of the chevre in molds. I am going to let some of it ripen and see what happens.
Then there’s taxes. I have been organizing our receipts, tallying up farm income and expenses, and shredding what I do not need. It is not that I need to shred, but it is find of fun and makes great fire starter.
The farm was not profitable last year. We had limited animal breeding, limited meat available, and our garden did not produce as much as we would have liked. Tom received his last unemployment check a couple of days ago, and there is little hope of a surveying job in the near future. The last two companies he worked for went bankrupt. So we are making plans to improve our farm profitability by breeding more animals and making meat of the ones that do not sell. We are increasing the amount of hens we have to increase our eggs sales. We took down the cottonwood trees that were shading our garden. If the weather cooperates we should have a much better harvest this year. We will participate in the farmers market more regularly and perhaps add a second market. I have a greater variety of fibers to sell now (fleeces, rovings and yarns). And we need to try and minimize our expenses. Let’s hope for a more profitable farm year.