Winter is the time we consider what comes next, as a family and as a farm. Mark and I go on a retreat every February, to talk about what we’ve done and what we want to do. But this year we’re starting early. We’re already calling 2012 The Year of the Horse. We are committed to expanding the use of horse power here in the coming year beyond the work we already to, to encompass more of our hauling and transportation, and even generating power for farmyard jobs. We want to be fossil fuel free by 2016. We kicked things off last week in a celebratory way, by hitching Jay and Jack to the hay wagon, and hauling the whole extended farm team around Essex for an evening of caroling. We had my great grandparents’ sleigh bells and a crew of 20, with a few extra people picked up along the way. I thought we sounded beautiful but then I am a little tone deaf.