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Create Your Own Yearly Homestead Schedule

Get your ducks in a row! Create an Annual Homesteading Calendar to get your farm organized in the new year!

Keeping an Annual Homestead Calendar has been an incredibly beneficial organizational tool for me as I attempt to manage our yearly homestead schedule more efficiently!

It makes this otherwise undisciplined person, well, slightly more disciplined. Helps me to get my ducks in a row if you will.

Get your ducks in a row! Create an Annual Homesteading Calendar to get your farm organized in the new year!

Having this yearly homestead schedule easily accessible in my Homesteading Binder throughout the year helps me keep my mind de-cluttered from all that needs to be done, when it was done last, and when it ought to be done again.

In fact, having a yearly homestead schedule has been so beneficial, I  recommend you make yourself a similar list- fitting the sundry needs of your homestead and varying seasons. I especially would suggest it to new homesteaders. Who knows but that such a small step will help prevent Homestead Burnout Syndrome?

I challenge you for the new year to start a document on your computer or make an old-fashioned paper list, whichever and start taking notes.

I know some folks are looking for someone to just tell them when to do the tasks, but really those are things only you can figure out for yourself. Your homestead is different than mine. What you’re growing and raising is different. So are your management styles. Your climate very well may be different. Gardening tasks for folks growing in Texas are going to be a whole lot different than what I’m working on up here in Ohio.

So you do you make your own yearly homestead schedule?

Start now or think back to earlier in the year. Take notes of what you did and when.

What did you do in January? Order seeds? Or did you wait until April and it was too late and they were out of stock of your favorite tomatoes already? Perhaps you should add placing your seed order to an earlier month? Did you get your broiler chicks too soon last year and lost a third of the chicks to a huddle during a cold snap? Maybe back your order up to the following month. You get the picture.

You can put together a rough outline now for next year based upon your recollections from this year, take notes throughout the coming months and with that bit of planning, next year will be all the smoother for it. (Hopefully.)

This upcoming year it will be like starting from scratch for us in a way as well.  It will be our first full year on our new homestead and our former yearly homestead schedule needed revision in order to meet our new needs. Our new cow will be calving and bred on a different timetable, there are no more hazelnuts to harvest, we now have wood to gather for fuel, asparagus beds to maintain, and so on.

I’m sure that more needs will manifest themselves as the year goes on and cause this list to be revised, but so far as I can see, here are the areas of homestead or homemaking management that will need to be addressed each month throughout the year.

Here is what our Annual Homestead Calendar is looking like at this time:

(Note: I do put some of the more annual homemaking tasks into the schedule as well as the agrarian lifestyle can be difficult to compartmentalize, it’s so integrated. And many of the homesteading tasks are my responsibility to fulfill. Also, I’ve added my notes in here of observations I’d like to be making etc.. so I don’t forget to make them.)

How to Create a Yearly Homestead Schedule

Our Yearly Homestead Schedule

{January}

• Set Goals – Yearly Homestead goals; Yearly Financial goals with monthly mini-goals; Personal goals
Plan Vacation – if applicable (which it usually isn’t)
Plan Seed & Perennial Purchases -If I can wait until January that is… make purchases early in the month.
Make a Seed Sowing Schedule

•Calculate Yields,  Expenses, and Cost Analysis for Previous Year
Sow Early Indoor Seeds  Onions and some herbs are sown late in the month
Home Maintenance/Remodeling Needs
Dry Up Holly -Last week of the month will be 60 days before her due date; Begin calcium supplements to prevent milk fever (research more thoroughly first)

{February}

Design Vegetable Garden
Plan Birthday Gift Purchases or Plans and Cakes–Because if I don’t I always miss them. Horrible mother. 
•Gather Firewood
Tap Maple Trees; Prepare for Sugaring -This was added last year and will only be if we can find local trees near our new home and get permission.

{March}

Orchard Work – Pruning; Transplants; Grafting
Sow Indoor Seeds -Tomatoes, peppers, herbs, etc… early; brassicas… late
Sugaring 
Change Chicken Bedding & Scrape Nesting Boxes
Calving Season -Last week of the month; Have milk filters purchased, supplies in order, and milking area re-cleaned
Prep for/purchase feeder pigs 

{April}

Prepare Perennial Beds -Pull early spring weeds and heavily compost after plants begin to emerge
Vegetable Garden Preparation Early, Plant Early Crops -Peas, radishes, transplant onions, lettuce, etc…
Make a Spring Compost Heap
Prepare for Chicks  -Layers and broilers; check heat lamps; set up brooder; make sure feeders/waterers are clean and disinfected
•Install Screens
•Spring Sewing/ Seasonal Clothes Exchange

{May}

•Spring Cleaning
•Plant Annuals Late

•Plant Vegetable Garden Late
-Our last frost date is the third week of May *NoteWhen do cows go out on pasture?? Move Holly’s breeding to 9 months prior to then. Move “prep for/purchase feeder pigs” to coincide with the next calving
Clean out Sacrifice Area  -After cows are on pasture (The sacrifice area is where the cows are overwintered and kept off of the pasture. Weekly maintenance is performed, but there is still some build-up that needs to be cleaned away.)

{June}

Begin Homeschooling Lite
Haying Early -Alternately, arrange the purchase of hay and begin to stockpile for next winter
Preserve Strawberries Freeze & Jam
Freeze Peas
Change Chicken Bedding & Scrape Nesting Boxes
Powerwash & Whitewash Coop
•Clean/Maintain Chimney

{July}

Can Pickles
Freeze Green Beans
Freeze Zucchini
Prepare for 2nd Batch of Broiler Chickens -Layers and broilers; check heat lamps; set up brooder; make sure feeders/waterers are clean and disinfected
Haying Late -Alternately, arrange purchasing hay and begin to stockpile for next winter

{August}

Butcher 1st Batch Broiler Chickens Early
•Preserve Elderberries (Make Elderberry Syrup)
Freeze Peaches -if I can find a source
State Homeschool Testing Mid-Month
Freeze Blueberries -purchase from neighbors again?
Preserve Blackberries, Late
Freeze Corn, Late

{September}

Preserve Tomatoes
Curriculum Preparation and Purchases
Change Chicken Bedding & Scrape Nesting Boxes
•Preserve Grapes, Late

{October}

•Reserve Absentee Ballots (just in case)
Fall Cleaning (one week)
• Gather Firewood 

Preserve Applesauce; Preserve Winter Squash/Pumpkins; Pumpkin Butter (one week) •Garden/Yard Winterizing; Cover/ Heavily Mulch (one week)
Make a Fall Compost Heap
Fall Sewing/ Seasonal Clothes Exchange -(one week)
Lesson Prep
Storm Windows-This place didn’t come with any, so if we end up buying some later they’ll go in now.

{November}

Resume Homeschooling Full-Time
Freezer Baking, if applicable
•Condition Wooden Utensils and Cutting Boards

Butcher 2nd Batch Broiler Chickens/Turkeys/Cull Laying Flock, if necessaryGutter Cleaning
Cut Back Asparagus -Once it has died off
Mulch Asparagus and Strawberry Beds for Winter

{December}

Update Homemaking Binders
Add New Recipes to Family Cookbook
Allocate Estimated Tax Return Funds
Change Chicken Bedding and Scrape Nesting Boxes
Butcher Steer/ Hogs/Sheep/Goat/ -According to weather (Schedule: Week One-Kill steer & hang;  Week Two- Slaughter/butcher hogs; Week Three-Process steer)

While my Homestead Managment Printables have over 100 worksheets to print out and help with your homestead organization, you can click HERE to get the Annual Homestead Calendar Printable for FREE!

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5 Comments

  1. Exciting times for you Shaina! Full of dreaming and it's SO tempting to want to jump in and do it all, isn't it? I wrote a post about "where to start". I found it to be very helpful when we moved from our 2 acre homestead to the almost 8 acres we're on now. I was so eager to increase and my own warnings helped me from getting in over my head.

  2. Thank you so much!! I just moved into my family farm (57 acres, used to be 200 acres my GGrandparents bought) to help with my sick father.
    It hasnt been a working farm for a LONG time and I am so lost!!
    We have two pear trees, 2 spice apple trees and many wild blackberries!! I want to plant peaches, plums, move my strawberries from my other house and add grapes.
    We have 3 horses at the moment, 5 ducklings, 6 chickens (5 hens, 1 roo) & 4 guineas! I want some cows (my dad had them) feeder hogs, and a couple goats for mlk and cheese! I just dont know where to start lol!

  3. Thank you for this. We need to be more organized around here that’s for sure. We’ve experienced Homestead burnout many times, but we keep on joining. Maybe this year will be different. Thank you so much…I’ve been reading your blog for a couple years now and I just love it. I have learned so much. We are getting ready to butcher our own hogs…I hope it goes smoothly.

  4. I’m a newbie to your site. I am enjoying your site. Your homestead calendar sounds a lot like mine-except I am just starting homesteading. My calendar~ I have in it everything from when to rotate my mattress, to when to change my air filters, you name it! If I dont, I will NOT remember. I write down EVERYTHING in it!