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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, February 8, 2013

By the Seasons

The idyllic life is laid out on pages 24 and 25 of The Self-Sufficient Life. Season by season Seymour tells us what to do:

Winter: Repair work - fences, tools, sharpening. Awareness of animals needs in the cold. Slaughtering. Spring tree planting plans. Brewing. Enjoy your past year's labors.

Early Spring: Work the land when you can. Spread compost. Order seed. Plant trees.

Late Spring: Sow seeds every two weeks once weather permits and the forecast says it makes sense. Keep after the early weeds to save time later. Early potatoes should head into the Good Earth. Make homebrew for Summer thirsts.

Early Summer: Check your homebrew supply (seems to be a theme here!) Plant out tender crops - potatoes and squashes, if you have access to good dairy - make the cheeses and dairy products you'll need later in the year.

Late Summer: Drink homebrew. Pick, harvest, pluck and preserve. Wild berries, garden produce, bounty of other farms and gardens. Canning, freezing, drying.

Fall: Harvest root crops, make Hard Cider, pick apples and other later maturing fruits, cut and stack firewood, pickle remaining crops, clean-up the garden and fields, get your food stores all safely tucked away and cared for.

Our rhythm works mostly like this - it's just the way of the northern hemisphere. We throw hunting in there for the Fall and the meat prep that comes with that. Additionally, we do a lot of our firewood in the Winter. Our herb harvest has its season for every plant with May with nettles, October with rosehips and June fir tips. Other things may flux, but this is always the season for these herbs.

Think through your year now - make the plan, put it on the calendar and then adapt to make it happen.