Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Redneck Stonehenge,2933,397625,00.html

HOOPER, Utah — 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.


Robin Sallie said...

He needs more than 3 cars to do it right!

theCloth said...

This reminds me of my new upscale retirement community which was built in the state of Delaware. I didn't know it at the time by Delaware is the chicken capital of the world. Perdue, Tyson and other chicken processors contract with local chicken farmers. A local farmer (not chicken at the time) wanted to sell his land to the developer. Maybe he hadn't heard of the housing crash. The community was alarmed when the farmer decided to put up 3 chicken houses. The community came to grips with the fact that we are in farm country. It was also mentioned in our buyer agreements:) The chicken house are being built now.

I feel politicians who want to have these type of residential areas in farm land should also develop zoning codes to satisfy both farmers and potential home buyers.

I can live with a chicken farm near but I'm "outta here" if I get the smell of any farmers' plan to raise pigs.

Lazy A Ranch said...

I love Rhett!

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