Was the land in colonial Virginia good or bad, and why?

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The land in colonial Virginia was overall considered good for farming.  Farming was essential to colonial Virginia.  Soil called Pamunkey soil was plentiful in Virginia.  This soil was rich and excellent for growing crops.  The Native Americans had plentiful crop growth.  The settlers at Jamestown also discovered this rich and fertile soil when they arrived.  It was ideal for growing crops, which helped the Jamestown settlement to flourish.  Importing foodstuffs from England and other European countries took time, so it was ideal to grow crops in or near a settlement.

The settlers at Jamestown gained knowledge on local crops from the Powhatan Native Americans.  They learned about planting beans and squash near their corn crops.  Th settlers also planted vegetables, such as carrots, onions, and peas.  Herbs were grown in the fertile Pamunkey soil by the Jamestown settlers.