8/4/08

Farmer sends message to neighbors


A farmer has erected a fence in his backyard made of three old cars sticking up in the air to send a message to new neighbors that he can do whatever he wants on his farm. "This is just a fun way for me to say, 'Hey boys, I'm still here,'" said Rhett Davis. "This is my redneck Stonehenge."
Davis came up with the idea after neighbors who recently moved into homes next to his hayfield complained about his farm.
"The people who bought the homes say, 'Well, we love looking into your yard and seeing the horses and the cattle, but we don't like the flies, and we don't like the mosquitoes,' and when I cut my field to bale it, they say, 'We don't like the dust in the air,' " Davis said.
Davis said he offered to pay half the cost of a fence between his property and the others and to build it. He said his neighbors declined the offer, saying it would block their view.
Neighbors declined to comment to the Standard-Examiner of Ogden.
Davis said after the neighbors declined his offer, he used a backhoe to dig three large holes on the edge of his property, then took three cars that had competed in demolition derbies and planted them nose-first into the ground.
He said the cars were planted out of humor rather than spite. He said it's important that new residents moving into the area realize that Hooper remains a farming community.
The area has grown recently with new residents who desire a country atmosphere but don't want the smells and noises of farm life, Davis said.
"I respect that they're here and spent a lot on their homes, but on the other hand, give me a little bit, too. I've been here since I was 7 years old," he said.
Davis said he doesn't intend to keep the cars up permanently.
"I've talked to my neighbors and worked things out. I really just thought this would be a funny thing to do," he said. "These can come out just as easy as they went in."

HeHee! Could this turn into another Hatfields and Mccoys feud? ;)

10 comments:

  • Margaret said....

    It gripes me that people want to build fancy homes near good working farms, then run farms out of business because of the things that are inherent with farms (smells, noise, insects). What do they think they're going to have to eat if they keep allowing this to happen? There is only so much land in this world and growing food needs to be given some priority or we're all going to be holding bowls out for rice.

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  • Mrs. Mecomber said....

    LOL! Gotta wonder what's wrong with city slickers. They move out next to a farm and complain about the mosquitoes and manure smell. LIKE DUHHH! lol.... and then they expect the farmer to control stuff like that! Hahahaha!

  • Fennster said....

    Hahahaa That is too funny! Good for him!!!

  • VH said....

    Great story! He seems like a reasonable fella too.

  • crazy working mom said....

    OMG, this totally sounds like something my husband (although he's not a farmer) would do! Those "high fallootin" folks wouldn't know what to do when they saw those in their view huh?!

    Great story!

  • A. said....

    It's a constant problem in both the UK and France too. In the UK, land is at a premium as the south in particular becomes more and more crowded, so it's not necessarily expensive housing being built next to farms. Then many people decide to move to France or Italy where housing, especially rural housing, is much less expensive. And they end up near farms, with all the normal farm activities, noises and so on. And so it goes on.

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  • Maldives said....

    It is his firm he can do whatever he wants. Any way good idea.

  • Karen Zemek, author of "My Funny Dad, Harry" said....

    This seems like a lot of work just for amusement.

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