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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.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Putting Up Wood

One of the things we harvest with the sole intention of keep at home is our firewood supply. We heat, almost exclusively, with our wood stove. Among the causalities of the fire was our 2 1/2 cord supply of firewood we'd already put up for the coming year. We burn 4-6 cords, depending on the Winter.

So, this weekend we went back into the forest to make up some of what was lost. Lower temps - 80 degrees - made us think that we'd be able to get some wood in and not be overcome with the heat (that and the extra hands on my father-in-law).

We pulled some dried out beetle-kill from the unburnt area down by the creek and also worked on some of the scorched logs, piled in the forest. We have a start and could handle one of those early-mid September snows that seem to come every couple of years. So that feels good.

Firewood is best made in the 50s weather of Autumn days. Looking forward to those - the coming gold of Aspen and reds of Sumac. There have been hints of it in the past few days - cooler mornings and cooling in the evenings. The Arc of the year is bending again. 

Planting and Harvesting this Week: Tomorrow, Monday, is a bust - skip it if you can. Tuesday, into Wednesday morning are good time to work your root crops, with Thursday through Friday at noon, again, iffy time for any harvesting. Saturday should be a good day for working with leaves and Sunday afternoon a good time for harvesting fruits. It's in the stars!