The hay harvested on the islands of the Lake Saint-Pierre archipelago is very rich, thanks to the nutrients brought in by the spring floods. In the early 20th century, many of the islands would flood at least once every two years, naturally fertilizing the soil. All the locals has to do was harvest the hay. The fields would only need to be renovated every 15-20 years.

The rich soil of the islands is also used to grow pasture for animals and to cultivate cereals.
Centre d'interprétation de Baie-du-Febvre, Centre de la Biodiversité du Québec, Musée des Abénakis, Musée québécois de culture populaire, Commission scolaire de Sorel-Tracy

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