194 History of Marshfield.  

[Thanks to Linda Smith for transcribing this chapter]

new enterprise which related to agriculture; and the Green Harbor dike meadows received a watchful attention.   I have visited the premises many times while the crops were being harvested, and at other seasons of the year.   When I consider the discouraging circumstances under which the owners of this land have had to work, I am surprised at the great success which has attended their labors.
   " 'As early as 1879, seven years after the dam was built, Dr. C. A. Goessman, state chemist at the Agricultural College, Amherst, in a report on the improvement of salt marshes in the town of Marshfield, referring to the dike meadow land at Green Harbor, he remarks:   "Many people doubted in the outset the general adaptation of the reclaimed sea marshes for the production of English grass without previous application of top-dressing of some kind or other; yet time has proved otherwise.   Those who have seen the grass on these meadows during the past season, or witnessed the carting away of the many loads of good English hay, have had all doubts regarding their productiveness, under even moderate chances, removed.   The results thus far obtained have been more than many of the friends of the enterprise anticipated; and have convinced even the most skeptical, who are open to conviction, of the exceeding natural richness of the soil, and its excellent adaption for the cultivation of a variety of crops.   Still greater results will be secured, no doubt, in future, providing the improvements are allowed to be developed unchecked by adverse judicial decision."
   " 'While visiting the Marshfield meadows on April 19, 1897, I found asparagus already up, very nearly high enough to cut.   I was surprised at this, because my own asparagus had but just appeared above the surface of the ground, although growing on land so warm that I am usually the first to ship native asparagus to Boston markets.   I was also surprised at the size of the stalks, they being much larger

 

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