continue to better our economic situation and be more self sufficient we have been doing a few projects for next year.
Late August and September I spent a lot of time canning. Relishes, tomato jam, and tomato sauce. Using all the veggies that we were given and some purchased from my cousins veggie stand. I enjoyed the canning and had a huge sense of satisfaction seeing my shelves lined with goods for the upcoming winter/spring. I wish I had more tomatoes, I would have put up diced tomatoes.
So, its been a long time but we will have a garden next year, Joel had already started to build the enclosure for the raised beds. He has the posts in and the outer boards and we have put down tarps in the area to get a head start on killing the ground cover.
Next, is expanding the chicken coop enclosure. We have plenty of room in the coop, but the outside enclosure could be larger. So next spring we will add a fresh batch of chicks to start our egg production again. My three old hens just are not laying at all anymore.
This year we have beef and pork, from my dad and brothers operation, my brother Todd grew a lot of produce this year and next year we will be bringing eggs to the table. We have created our own family co-op. I share my canning and already cook/bake weekly for my parents. I think we are on the right track, getting back to the old ways...feels good.
Here is the pond, with a little Fall color starting