Post 10. Old Fields

Formerly the village ended here. Below, the land was occupied by fields and crops.

  Map of St-Luc


The economy of Saint-Luc just as that of Anniviers, based mainly on agriculture and livestock, was largely self-sufficient. Indeed, until the 1950s, domestic production was almost enough to meet the needs of residents. Cereals, potatoes and beans were cultivated essentially for the people and for animals of the Val d’Anniviers. At the fair of St. Catherine in late November in Sierre, families went to sell or buy livestock, and stock up on basic commodities not produced locally

It was not possible to cultivate steep slopes, so inhabitants had to resort to a system of terraced fields supported by walls or grassy slopes.

The Anniviards had understood the need for crop rotation and practiced it wherever they owned fields. At Saint-Luc the rotation of crops followed a two-year cycle; if in the area of La Barmaz, fields had potatoes in the other, there was only rye. The following year, the order was reversed. Thus plowing for fall rye was simplified, since the uprooting of potatoes was an excellent soil preparation for planting. At the time of plowing, one could turn the hitch and the plow on the neighbour’s field, causing no damage. Rye fields were not irrigated, while those for potatoes sometimes required watering done through a bisse (water canal).

 

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