ActiveRecord Observers and Model breakage

I'm attempting to assign ActiveRecord Observers to some of my models,
specified in config/environment.rb like so,

config.active_record.observers = :presentation_observer,
:asset_observer, :tag_observer

My models use plugins which extend ActiveRecord::Base, including
Sebastian Kanthak's file_column

Attempting to boot mongrel yields:
`method_missing': undefined method `file_column' for Video:Class

This seems to indicate the plugins are not yet mixed-in when the
Observers examine the ActiveRecord-descended models.

Implementing dummy stubs in config/environment.rb for these methods
eliminate the errors, but don't really seem like the right way to do

Anyone else come up with an elegant way to get this going?