Farm fields are full of dirt and pesticides.
So why are they so ugly that some people are even questioning whether they are worth saving?
“They’re just so filthy,” says Rachel O’Brien, a Toronto resident and activist who recently donated $1,000 to a nonprofit called Farmers’ Place.
“You can’t walk into a field with your bare hands.
It’s all over the place.”
O’Briens farm in a small Ontario farm country, near Brantford, Ont.
She also has a Facebook page and has started a group called Farmers Place that encourages people to donate.
The group says it will buy a field and put it to good use.
“People don’t understand what the farmers have to go through every day,” O’Brionds husband, Bill O’Connors, said.
“They’ve had to deal with a lot of things that are toxic, and pesticides are one of them.”
Farmers’ Place, a non-profit that’s been raising money for farmers since 2008, says it has raised more than $200,000 for the farmers it works with.
The organization says it doesn’t have the resources to buy the land, and instead has a team of volunteers, who use donated equipment.
O’Brien says that when she started, her husband told her he was saving money by buying his own farm equipment and building his own fence.
But she says it became clear that was not the right thing to do.
“We just thought it was the right time to do something different,” she said.
A friend of O’Brianns husband’s offered to help her get started.
So, O’Bride and Bill bought a plot of land in Brantfield, Ontario.
O’Connor, who’s been involved in local food justice work for decades, says she was able to help get the land sold for about $200 a acre.
The farm has a small amount of trees and shrubs, and a few patches of grass.
Bill OConnor says he’s not a farmer and hasn’t lived on the land for long.
But he does love the way the fields look.
“I love the whole process of it,” he said.
“It’s just beautiful.”
Bill O’Connor, who works for a local insurance company, said he has to spend money to maintain his fence and the property.
But, OConnor said, it’s more important that the land is healthy.
Bill OConnor, Bill and Rachel OBrien, pictured here in their Brant County, Ont., home, say they have donated $100,000 each to a farm they want to help buy.
The O’Bonniers say that while they’ve donated hundreds of thousands of dollars, they are still looking for a way to get their farm off the land.
Bill says he would like to see the farm moved to another area of the farm to make it more environmentally friendly.
“It’s a big pain to go out there and do that,” Bill said.
He says the family is trying to make the purchase more affordable by selling the farm at a higher price.
Bill says he has donated about $100 to the cause.
“But I think it’s time to start saving for our future,” he says.
“We’re not going to be saving that much money.”
A look at some of the most recent photos of farmland that has been donated to the farmers’ cause.