Farmer Grows Crops Between New Apartment Buildings After Refusing To Sell Land

by Matthew Memrick
(Photo by Andrew Matthews/PA Images via Getty Images)

A Polish farmer got even with local apartment developers who wanted him to sell by growing his crops next to them.

Oddity Central reported that the farmer, who lives in Lubin in the western part of the country, refused to sell his land after many of his peers did. The large city has a population of 350,000.

Now, the Jantarowa Street farm provides rural views for the apartment residents every summer or fall. 

In early July, farmer Michael Myslowski posted his combine harvester near the apartments online. Myslowski’s clip went viral with 1,300 views, and viewers wanted more on the wild sight. The clip can be viewed here.

The Daily Mail reported the farmer said locals were ‘fine’ with the weird situation and that they “understand the work has to be done.” 

The farmer also said residents have even complimented the view. 

“Some would give anything for such views. For my daughter, (there’s) only concrete and supermarkets,” Mr. Myslowski said in a Facebook post. “Nice of you not to complain about dust or noise. Respect for you, let there be more like you. I greet you as a farmer’s son.”

Myslowski also said, “the children are also happy. There have never been any problems with it.”

The farmer said he does agricultural work at the site several times throughout the year.

He told Polish newspaper Dziennik Wschodni that “it is a sensation for people living in the city. They are curious.”

Conflict Between Farmers And Cities

Dziennik Wschodni also reports that city residents, who often complain about the farmers, move to the countryside more and more.

Lublin Chamber of Agriculture president Piotr Burek said the smells of the country are intensified by farming work.

“It bothers you,” Burek said. “Just like a dirt road. When it is wet, and a farmer drives into a field to plow, he will naturally carry himself to the road.” 

Burek said that the Polish parliament is in the design stages of an “odor law.”

“A village is a village; there must be agricultural production,” he told Dziennik Wschodni. “And a person moving to the countryside must take into account certain inconveniences and nuisances.”

City Growing By Leaps And Bounds

Many parts of Poland are growing, and residents are migrating at a rapid rate. Multi-family housing is starting to take over the farmland.

In Lubin, there are 2,800 farms and 15 square miles of farmland (4,000 hectares). The town consists of 15,000 hectares or about 57 square miles of land. Lubin farmers produce winter wheat and maize, while there is also chicken and pig farming.

While American urban farming consists of rooftop farms and alleyway urban gardens, these Polish cities may be a sign of the future as overpopulation continues to build in the world.