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Back of Beyond Farm is a small, family run operation in Rist Canyon, Colorado. We work closely with natural rhythms to create wellness teas from indigenous and naturalized plants. 2013 marks our 4th year of supporting our community through tasty teas. In the year ahead, we hope to continue our work of not only producing healthful teas, but also exploring the edges of what it means to farm and be a part of a place.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Ambassador to Magical Creatures

Magic. What is more magical than the process of seed becoming plant, plant becoming flesh, flesh becoming soil, soil calling forth seed, and seed becoming plant? The rhythms of life and death, and rebirth have captivated the human soul throughout time, history, place, culture and religion.

Every month Acres U.S.A. comes in the mail and I sit down and read through the articles on soil fertility, the scientific research on building soil through biochar, or the nutrient values of sea minerals and their effect on plant health. I marvel at the brains that study and present the information on the complexities of chemical reaction and the science behind eco-farming. Most nights I sit down with my kids and read some book of fantasy - The Chronicles of Narnia, The Legends of King Arthur, Tinkerbell, or The Big Book of Fairies. Both hold truth for the Earth Farmer, one clouded in formula and science, the other in beauty and metaphor.

On our farm, our Ambassador to Magical Creatures reminds us that even what we know remains mystery and that mystery is tied to the Greater Mystery we still haven't figured out - What calls forth life? What happens in death? How does it all, really, work?

Luci moves through our forests signing and dancing, at times almost flying. Her name, rooted in the light, fits her. We have a little fairie village, off to the side of the yard. She visits it in the summer, sometimes laying on her stomach and just looking. She wonders where the fairies are - off in the woods likely. It reminds me of all of the stories that have been told throughout time involving those magical elements that produce fruit and grain. The tomtens of Scandinavia that help with the farm chores when treated well. The flower fairies of England, that paint the flowers in the Spring. The trolls that cause trouble and raise hell with the livestock. For me, these stories point towards the mystery of growing and consuming food and the true healing magic that comes with food well raised. A magic that builds flesh and heals spirit.

On our farm we need an Ambassador towards this mystery. Someone who can sign a song to make plants grow. Someone who can dance to call forth sun, or rain, or joy. On our farm we have Luci. She does the work of making sure magic remains.