Yeoman tip

Your farm is an ecosystem. This is important to designing a management plan. understanding what your water limitations, soil types and animal/plant wildlife on your farm can lead to a much more efficient farm.

Resources

The raw elements that the 19th century Yeoman seeked to tame. This is where 2.0 must begin their knowledge.

Water

Current focus is on proper wetland management.picture of Yeoman wetlands

Water is a very important resource. I intend many projects to conserve, reuse and maximize water usage.

Future projects:

  1. Rainwater capture
  2. Gray water
  3. Aquaculture
  4. Water treatment
Soil

Soil is the basis for most Agricultural enterprises. If you want to start you own 2.0 project you need to know about your soil. Your best resource is your county extension agent. The side bar on the crops page will help you locate your local agent's office.

wetland soil cracked in the summer

The USGS soil surely indicate that the Yeoman site has two aspects of the Quatama series Loam and the soil of the wetlands is Wapato series silty clay loam. Both are very fertile soils but require different management to use the site to its full potential. I feel there is an intermediate soil type on the site and that might be a future project.

My current focus is to avoid erosion, keep the soil covered with groundcover and terra preta

Wildlife

The Yeoman site is part of a cluster of rural properties averaging about 1 acre each. This area is mostly surrounded by farmland and bounded by the Tualatin river.

This area provides a wealth of wildlife as large as blacktail deer down to diverse collection of insect life. The most common vertebrate species are bird, both song and water fowl. There are many raccoons, skunks and if you're lucky you might even see a weasel.

picture of a doe blacktail deer

The area has a few flood plains and vernal lakes. Part of the yeoman site includes a portion of the smaller lake. These lake support a vast number of tre frogs and other amphibians. The fall rains awaken a whole aquatic ecosystem of snails and other aquatic creatures.

Further reading
Here are some links to get started on your own research.

terra preta | water | links

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