Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Lay of the Land, Part 1

When first arriving at Factor e Farm, what first struck me was the large relief of the landscape. The property is situated as a strip of land bordered by a single tree line on the western edge of plot, and a double treeline on the east bounds of the property and is quite a bit longer on the north/south axis.  than on the e/w axis. During the initial examination of the land, several things were noticeable:
The slope of the land favors flooding , as the highest relief feature, a long rise on the nw/se axis that leads to a trough that strikes to the south-east towards the currently inhabited area with a dip of approx. 6 degrees.
The flood channels are shallow, and tend to split and converge irregularly. Cutting these channels deeper and making artificial convergences, as well as clearing debris from the channels would drastically alter the land's drainage pattern and avoid the unpleasant issues with flooding.
The area that seems to be the best for new construction seems to be the rise striking on the northwestern corner of property where the dip is at approx. 3 degrees.
The drastic relief has exposed multiple layers of differentiated strata with multiple soil profiles due to the difference in the underlying bedrock. There are areas with large diffuse phenocrysts of both sedimentary (calcite)and various feldspar group and breccias, most likely glacial till  buried long ago and/or  repeated flooding in the relatively recent geologic past.
The varied soil horizons offer a very favorable diversity for permaculture and other soil sciences.

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  1. Do we have any idea how far down it is to bedrock?

    I think it is a good idea to build up on the hill, but it will be a harder sell to those who think that walking for 5 or 10 minutes to get to the house from the shop is less than desirable.

  2. It is over 100 feet near the bottom of the hill by the current work shop, but up on the hill, I can say it will most likely be less, will need to get core samples before I can say more.