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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, June 6, 2011

Wildlife - Wild Farm

This past Thursday night explains so much of why we live and farm here.

Around 7pm, Nanook - the Great Pyrenees began barking wildly towards the ridge behind the house - there , walking single file were three Mule Deer, wandering up towards the salt lick the Gamekeeper placed there last Winter.  At 9:30pm, Nanook was at it again - barking like wild from inside the house, Libby burst outside and with me following. In the process a yearly Black Bear scampered off the deck and was 15 feet into a large Ponderosa Pine.

Loading the kids into the car the next morning, two Redtailed Hawks flew in low, over the house and started their back and forth play of soaring and tumbling.

12 hours of Wild Kingdom.
A Wild Farmscape

The Hummingbirds are back in full force, diving the feeders (and us if we're in the way!) and overall the bird life seems to be up - judging by the morning songs. We planted another 75 trees in wildlife planting - Nanking Cherries, Chokecherries, Blue Spruce.

Our Arnica harvesting is done and dried. The fir tips are almost ready and we'll start the slow process of harvesting and drying them this week.

Our first pick-up delivery is next week - in Fort Collins on Fishback Road and at our place in the Canyon. Specific times and locations will be posted later this week directly to you. Nettle and Dandelion Root Tea, Pixie Crowns, and Poultice Packs will be available.