Changes In 2020 For 15 Acre Homestead

changes in 2020

It’s hard to believe that 15 Acre Homestead has been in full force for 3 years already! There have been many ups and downs and certainly, numerous lessons learned. All of that experience we have gained has brought about a few changes in 2020. This post is for you, my loyal reader. It is an update on the homestead and what is in the future for 15 Acre Homestead.

Our homestead

Changes in 2020 For 15 Acre Homestead

 

Changes in 2020 on How We Use The Property

The biggest struggle we have had is keeping up with 15 acres between the 2 of us. It is a lot of land for 2 people and has caused a lot of stress for us. In 2020, one of the biggest changes we are making in 2020 is to minimize our working areas. From the animal pens to the gardens everything is moving closer.

As far as the wooded areas and the front field, they will just be mowed and maintained but not used for the next year. It will allow us to keep the property looking good for passersby but will require less time from us.

wooded area
The woods behind our pigs will stay woods for now.

We may utilize the front field which is about 4 acres for planting in the fall of 2020. But that is only if we decide to do a large crop of wheat, corn, or for hay only.

Animal Pens and Enclosures

Many changes in 2020 are coming for the animals of our homestead.

The sheep will be moved from the north side of our home to the south side of our home to allow them a better and more grassy area to graze on. We will keep their original pen so that when the new area starts becoming barren we can switch them back to allow the grass to return. Changes in the location of their new pen will allow them more sun and will be a bit bigger giving them more room than they currently have.

sheep
Thelma and Louise will be moved to a bigger and grassier area.

 

The pigs have all been moved to the East side of the house and into 5 different pens instead of 2 as we had before. This allowed us to separate males and females and babies and adults. They also received new houses and a different watering system as the nipple system they used to have seemed to flood the pens too many times.

Pig Pens
The new pens for the pigs on the east side of our home.

 

The chicken coop will stay at the backside of the property. Changes include them being free-run during the day and returned to the coop at night. We are down to 9 chickens and 1 rooster until spring. The 3 ducks are in with the chickens and a duck pond was installed in the back yard for them.

ducks
Our 3 Pekin Ducks enjoying their free-roaming time in the back yard.

 

Gardening Space

The west side of our house has been fenced in completely and will be turned into a combination of edibles, perennials, herbs, and an orchard. I have a post coming this week all about our changes to the “edible gardening” ideas for the new year. Our reasoning for this was again to make things we do naturally easier by being placed closer to our home.

front yard
The future “edible garden/food-forest” on the west side of our house.

 

We have already installed the fencing and most of the perennial plants that we love. We also installed a covered patio on the house and a fire pit patio in the yard. Lance even built me a wishing well that we will be planting in and around.

fire pit and wishing well
The new patio for the fire pit and the wishing well.

Changes in 2020 include our fall garden planting that needs finished and fruit and nut trees in the spring.

 

Changes With The House

Our home will be remodeled over the winter as things on the homestead are generally slower during that time.

The front of the house before the planned changes take place.

 

These changes will include:

  • all new flooring throughout the house
  • new installation and wooden wall paneling
  • new tin on the roof
  • the installation of new windows and doors.

Our exterior changes in 2020 will include:

  • new shutters
  • finishing the painting of the trim and patios
  • screening and installing plastic on the greenhouse on the back of the home.
greenhouse
The greenhouse used to be a bedroom addition.

 

Business Ideas and Changes 

Other changes in 2020 will be include the way we make our income from the homestead.

Our new sign will also include seeds and plants for sale.

 

The pigs will be old enough to be bred and sold, new chickens will arrive which means the sale of plenty of eggs, the sheep will be bred and the babies sold, and I will be selling plant starters and seeds as well as blackberries, vegetables and herbs locally.

We will be operating under Florida’s Cottage Laws. We will be selling baked goods, spice mixes, and other goodies here on the homestead as well as at the local farmers market.

There are so many ways to make money on the homestead, and we intend on using many of them in 2020.

Homesteading is hard work and can be stressful. Planning your homestead for the year is a great way to reduce that stress. Come see what we have planned going into 2020.

Homesteading can be difficult for anyone. We decided to make it a bit easier on ourselves for 2020. What do you think of the changes? Do you have any advice? Please drop us a comment and let us know your thoughts!

 

 

About the author

I'm a mama to four and grandma to six. Yankee born with a love of the south. I love old-fashioned ways with modern thinking. I'm a homesteader, gardener, blogger. I enjoy “from scratch” cooking, consider myself a crafty do-it-yourselfer, and animal rescuer.

11 Comments

  1. Love your sensible, practical plans for next year! “Make it easier” ought to be every homesteader’s motto.

    1. Author

      I agree Kathi and easier is exactly what I was going for!

  2. Best wishes with all of the changes you have planned! It sounds like a good way to reduce your workload!

    1. Author

      Thanks Lisa!It’s all about working smarter not harder!

  3. I completely sympathize with the need to simplify on the homestead. How are you managing now that you’re off grid? Please feel free to email me if you have any questions! Saw your post on the Farm Fresh Tuesday blog hop. 🙂

    1. Author

      Thanks, Sarita! It hasn’t been bad at all yet! Thanks for offering the help! I will definitely be emailing you!

  4. Sounds like you have a great plan! We have made changes every year – we just go with the flow! In order for us to sell eggs in GA, I have to have a Candle Certificate. Talk about antiquated, we don’t even have a rooster! lol

    Good luck Annie with all your plans!

    Melissa | Little Frugal Homestead

    1. Author

      A candle certificate? Wow That is odd and antiquated! Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Hi Annie,

    I always love seeing what others have planned to do on their homesteads. It looks like you guys will be busy this next year, but in a good way!

    As for the house remodeling, I feel ya! We just “almost” finished remodeling our old 1940’s farmhouse. We have a few more projects in the house that we are also wanting to do during this winter, when farm projects are less.

    Wishing you the best on all your exciting changes, and thank you for sharing your plans with us on the Homestead Blog Hop!

    -Cherelle | The Inspired Prairie

    1. Author

      Thanks for taking the time to read my post! And thanks for letting me know I am not the only one going through a lot this winter!


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