Photographer's Note

I was sitting next to TE member Jerzy as we spotted this farmhouse alone in an open field when we passed in Jerzys car – and we both agreed that some shots of this place was a ‘must’.

No doubt that the farm was not at all representative for farms in general. Not maintained, no windows in the upper floor, even holes in the roof. Still there was a farmer living there with his dog and 2 horses. An interesting place for some photos.

Of farms in Poland
There are over 2 million private farms in Poland bigger then 1 ha, most of them very small and self-sustaining. There is a shortage of equipment and general infrastructure, such as flour mills, etc.

It is a challenge to develop agriculture in such a way that the social and ecological resources of the countryside remain preserved. If Polish agriculture were to develop in the way it did in Western Europe, the number of farmers would be drastically reduced, and the use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides would drastically increase.
Such a development would have highly negative consequences for the environment. Most farmers see this agricultural transformation process as a huge threat to their livelihoods and lifestyles, and would prefer to continue working in the traditional way.
But this will not solve the problem in the long run. The solution lies in a third approach.
Environmentally friendly modernisation of agriculture could avoid the disadvantages of Western agriculture and still create sufficient employment.
More and more farmers are making a start on this path, and they set a good example for Polish agriculture as a whole.


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