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Tuesday, February 24, 1953 SECTION B

Jameston 'Resurrects' God's Entrustment to Mankind -- Topsoil

By Mark Hill
Soil Conservation Service
Shelley, ID

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They build up souls and they build up soil That's the story of the Jameston Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The unique story of soil building began last April when the Jameston Ward purchased 40 acres for its welfare project. It was sorry looking piece of land, but somebody must have seen some possibilities for the Ward paid $9,000 for it.

About 12 acres were irrigated and farmed. The balance was sandy and too rough to irrigate. It provided a little pasture, but no thing very luxuriant.

Bishop Lloyd Bean requested assistance from North Bingham Soil Conservation District. Jerry Adamson, from the Soil - Conservation Service, walked over the land with the Bishop's committee and advised a topographic survey. Adamson found it possible to level 30 acres, including the 12 acres being irrigated and prepared the design. The soil was sandy underlaid with clay at 12 to 14 inches. The other ten acres were considered too sandy to level.

Arvel Fielding, Supervisor of the North Bingham SCD and manager of the - District's equipment, put the District's land leveling equipment onto the job. Sid Balmforth, operator, leveled the 30 acres, making to about three feet deep. In all he moved 9200 cubic yards of dirt and bull-dozed out a grove of trees which covered about three fourths of an acre. The District charged Jamestoh Ward $1,027.50 for 103 hours of work.

Members hauled manure into the entire 30 acres. About four acres were seeded to barley and alfalfa, 26 were planted to potatoes. In addition to manure. potatoes received 200 lbs of 16-20-0 fer tilizer per acre. It was a pleasing sight to Ferron Blake,- Ward Work Director, to see 40 to 50 men working together to put in a single crop. "That makes for fellowship," he said.

The potatoes were sold to Bil Wilson, potato dealer at Firth for $11,000. According to Ro Fielding, supervisor of labor, more than 200 people turned out for the sarvest. Starting at 8:00 in the morning the job was done by 5:00p.m. with the help of 11 combines and two diggers.

The Ward raised $1,825 in cash donations at the start of the project. With all expenses paid for fertilizer, seed and taxes, the Ward has left in project funds, $1,050 which will be used for fencing and for fertilizer and seed for the next crop. The returns from the potatoes paid for the land and the leveling.

Jerry Adamson says, "This is a good example of cooperation all through - the Soil Conservation} Service, the North Bingham Soil Conservation District and the Church, not to mention the co-operation within the Ward."

Bishop Bean reports, "We had some crop. I leveled about twenty acres of my own land and hardly got my seed back. That's the way it usually works the first year, but on this, - the first year we paid for the land leveling too. We must have had some divine assistance." Here's another cooperator Adamson failed to mention.

"What are you going to do with the land now that you have it paid for?" I asked the Bishop.

"We are going to seed it down to alfalfa with grain to build it up." he answered.