Making Soil

Our farm has two faces. The western facing slope is covered with gardens as well as our house and barns. Across a small valley is a southeastern slope with soil that is not so good for growing food. The soil is shallow and red. Before we came to the farm in 1989, when it was a labor camp and strawberry farm, the owners had planted that back field in strawberry rows that ran up and down the slope. Winter rains took all the topsoil that was not held by the strawberry roots down to the bottom of the hill.

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