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Quote of the Day - Very few people who have settled entirely in the country, but have grown at length weary of one another. - Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
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Former City Dwellers Sue Neighboring Farmers

Yep. I used to live on a farm. A real-life hick. In Iowa. On a gravel road, about half a mile from a paved road.

My neighbor to the north raised pigs. I could tell because of the downwind smell. Especially when he used the honey wagon (euphemism for manure spreader). I knew it was part of living there. Not so anymore.

City dwellers who move to the country are now fighting back. With lawsuits.

Like the neighbor who sued the farmer whose tractor kept the neighbor from hearing his television. Or, the nuisance lawsuit over the smell from a hog farm.

Having had the experience myself, the reaction is understandable. But, you have to be prepared for what you're getting into when you move to the country. Farmers get up early and work late into the night. Tractors and combines are loud and slow when on a highway.

I haven't yet seen a tractor that was aerodynamic like a Porsche.

And hogs stink. Really bad.

So much so that the Michigan's rural Ottowa County is trying to prepare city dwellers ahead of time. Not by offering reruns of Green Acres, but by providing real-life descriptions and smells.

You got it, a manure scratch and sniff brochure. Now that's creative.

But I'll pass on the manure smell. I've never forgotten it.

Printer friendly page Permalink Email to a friend Posted by J. Craig Williams on Friday, October 31, 2003 at 07:51 Comments Closed (0) |
 
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