and Land Use Go Hand-in-Hand
strive to make La Basse Cour a diversified family farm once again, we are
the soils, not against them. Today, our vegetable market garden is located
in WmC (Willowemec Channery Silt Loam), which is classified as prime
farmland since it is very deep, moderately well drained, of medium texture
and moderate permeability. With lime to overcome its naturally strong
acidity, this type of soil is ideal for crops, hay and pasture. More
information about the soil types on La Basse Cour can be found here. include
the large fields to the north with LhB (Lewbeach Channery Loam), VIB and VIC
(Vly Channery Silt Loams) type soils. All of these soil types are ideal for
crop, pasture and hay because they are moderately deep, well drained, medium
textured, gently sloping and moderately permeable. With lime they should
produce bumper vegetable crops!
bring grazing animals into our plans, we will rotate these fields between
pasture and crop production in order to maintain their health and enable us
to control weeds and pests naturally.
creek which drains the uplands above the farm and once used to power a grain
mill—you can see the old stone wall near the chicken house—runs through soil
classified as OeB (Onteora Channery Silt Loam) and is deep, moderately
textured, strongly acid, moderately permeable and somewhat poorly drained.
Our woodlot is developing nicely in the northwest portion of that soil plus
in the section classified as WnC (Willowemoc and Willdin Soils), because it
contains excessive rocks that make it impractical for tillage but ideal for
pasture and woodland.
you can see we are working in tandem with the natural attributes of our
soil, just as those who first settled this land did in the
mid 1800’s. We have the benefit of the scientific classification of these
soils by the soil conservation professionals. Those who came before
us had to rely on their observations and experience as they made decisions
about how to use their land most productively.