Monthly Archives: November 2012

Ribbon Farms in North America

Thanks to this Wired article on Ribbon Farms, I finally have a name for a phenomenon I’ve seen before. Much of North America is laid out in 1-mile-square grids with square farm parcels, but farms in areas of French settlement tended to be “ribbon farms”: “long, thin strips oriented perpendicularly to a transportation route”. I decided to dig up some aerial images of places I’ve seen this phenomenon.

Monroe and Frenchtown Townships, Michigan

French Prairie, Oregon

Ste-Agathe, Manitoba

Prairie du Rocher, Illinois

St. James Parish, Louisiana