2.1 Wet Meadow (Natural)
This naturally occurring Wet Meadow is riparian, running largely north-to-south, and comprising 2-3 acres. It is highlighted by several clumps of New York ironweed that glow purple in the fall. It lies west of the Grassland and east of the Cat-tail Marsh.
2.2 Cat-tail Marsh (Natural)
This small Cat-tail Marsh -- less than a half-acre -- lies west of the Grassland and is bounded on the west and south by an all-season stream, some 6 to 8 feet across, that enters the farm near its north-west corner, meanders south before swinging west and exiting the property. The marsh is kept wet year-around by a second small, 1-2 foot all-weather stream that comes from a spring in a neighbor farm pasture. The marsh is dominated by Cat-tails (as the name implies), Calamus, Sensitive Ferns, the would-be invasive Purple Loosestrife, Jewel Weed, and Tussock Sedge. It is accessible from a low-impact puncheon walkway that "floats" on the wet ground.
2.3 Farm Pond (Built & Planted)
This small, half-acre pond lies south-west of the marsh, west of the larger stream, and north of our farm lane. It was constructed in 1975 by neighbor-excavators with support from a USDA Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service program. It is oval in shape with a visual barrier on the west of hybrid poplars. Prominent plants include a large swath of native Daylilies, Cat-tails, Yellow and Blue Flag Irises, and Sumac.
Upper Wetland (2011)
July 19, 2011