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?
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.
- Back of Beyond Farms
- 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.
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