Benson faced two challenges gardening on his land: lack of sunlight and lack of rich topsoil. Lack of sunlight in the forest made it nearly impossible to find a good place for gardening. That problem was solved when Benson brought in electricity. Petit Jean Electric Cooperative cut a swath through the forest to installed poles. The opening in the forest ran all the way from Highway 14 down to the building site. Midway down the hill the loggers cut a path across a level piece of ground where a fair amount of topsoil had accumulated. Benson now had the sunlight he needed and some good soil to move into his raised beds. 1991, scanned color print, 3 x 5 in. (7.62 x 12.7 cm).  Ozark Series. © 2008 by Allen C. Benson.