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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.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Invasives

With the canyon doing some re-greening, it gives us the sense that world is returning to what it once was. And, in many cases the Earth will heal perfectly, given some time. One of the initial challenges is that much of this re-greening is being done by invasive species:
Cheat Grass
Leafy Spurge
Toadflax
Thistle

What invasive do is they overtake an area because there are no biological controls in place (they are ungrazable, don't have natural pests or diseases, etc) Cheat grass is a huge fire concern and sprurge and toadflax steal away forage base areas for native and introduced grazers.

Our best chances are to try and out-compete these pest by getting competitive and crowding seeds on the ground.  Other options step up intensity: intensive grazing with goats - hand picking - chemical applications - flea beetles introduction to spurge stands.

So get some seed in the right areas to hold back the wrong kind of re-greening.