At the beginning of the 20th century, agriculture was thriving in the Hungarian farmlands. The owners of self-supporting farms with huge strips of land were fairly poor, but managed to get by.  At the end of the 1940s over one million people lived in the rural farmlands of Hungary. During the years of communism, the farms were sucked into the industry and the collective farms, by the early 1990s, only 200,000 people stayed, and their number is strongly decreasing. Most of the young move away to find jobs in far away cities, as droughts and lack of modern machinery hinder families with small land to live from agriculture. Each year more and more abandoned farms are destroyed, to give space for farming companies – endless fields of crops are growing where once families were raised.
       
     
 Farm in the middle of the woods, near Csemő
       
     
 Having no electricity and refrigerator, the Péter family cook as much as they eat each day on their farm near Nyársapát
       
     
 Lambs in a barn, near Nyársapát
       
     
 Tamara Kiss washes the dishes at her family’s farm, which lacks electricity, in Nyársapát, but she wouldn’t move even to a village for all the money in the world.
       
     
 Hens in a corn field, near Csiffytanya
       
     
 Csontos picks corn near Bicere
       
     
 Fields between Kunszentmárton and Öcsöd
       
     
 Seeds, near Gátér
       
     
 Drought is fought every year on Sándor's Farm near Nyársapát.
       
     
 Istvanné takes 16 kinds of medicine on a daily basis, near Rókabokor
       
     
 Imre Verényi has high blood pressure, which is checked by healthcare workers every week in Dézsitanya
       
     
 Organic farming families get together for a birthday party near Ópusztaszer
       
     
 Experimental vegetable farm, near Bicere
       
     
 Winter-plough, near Fülöpháza
       
     
 Ambrus Pesti holds a broken legged newborn lamb in his arms on his farm near Nyársapát.
       
     
 Daily worker at a vegetable plant, near Mórahalom
       
     
 László Néző is one of the last residents of Csiffytanya. The once flourishing Farmland township was full of life in his childhood, now only a few houses are inhabited in its only street
       
     
 Abandoned Farm near Balkány
       
     
 Péter Gallai has left his village, when he was eighteen to search for his father, who has left their family long ago, and lived on a farm. Now Péter lives in his father's old farm, which lacks electricity, and earns money as a day labourer at the farms nearby
       
     
 Bus stop at a plantation, near Nyirlugos
       
     
 Imre, Gyuszi, Attila and Marci hang out at one of the last farms in Csiffytanya
       
     
 Pigeons arrive home, near Dézsitanya
       
     
 Inflatalbe swimming pool by the corn fields of Csiffytanya
       
     
 Drunken biker near Kalocsa
       
     
 Farm near Nyíregyháza
       
     
 Three families live under one roof so they can share the work around the cows, near Békés.
       
     
 Kati Kiss chops wood outside her family’s farm near Nyarsapat, in southern Hungary. “When I go to Koros town to visit my son, I feel like I’m in a prison. Only the caretaker’s hearse can take me from my farm.”
       
     
 Janos Gera sits in his kitchen near Mórahalom, in southern Hungary. Janos is living with a mental disability. He had a factory job in the town nearby, but as the factory has now closed, he stays at home on his farm most of the time.
       
     
 Straw bales, near Tenk
       
     
 Ernone Faggyas stands by her garden well near Morahalom, in southern Hungary. Ernone’s son drowned in a nearby lake as a child, the tragedy hit her family hard.
       
     
 The Sunday mass is received via an indoor antenna through a battery-powered TV at a farm which lacks electricity near Törtel
       
     
 Gabor in front of his house, near Balkány
       
     
 Bus stop, Törtel
       
     
 Jozsef Pallagi loads dried corn to a cart, to feed the lambs he is taking care of at a farm, near Törtel
       
     
 Farm dog, near Törtel
       
     
 Kati Kiss in front of her farm, near Nyársapát
       
     
 Tamara Kiss brings in firewood to her farm, near Nyársapát
       
     
 Woods, near Balkány
       
     
 Old baler machine at a farm, near Törtel
       
     
 Mihalyne hangs portraits of her children in the clean room of her farm in Rokabokor. All the three children left the Farmlands and found their future in one of the nearby towns
       
     
 “Do you know where I will be spending the winter? Beneath my duvet!” Mrs. Sándor Takács doesn’t have enough money to buy firewood, she gets a bit of wood from the local government and his neighbors, and heats with that as long as it lasts
       
     
 Sándor Kiss is drying wood for the winter near Nyársapát
       
     
 With no bathroom to speak of, Sanyi Székely takes a bath each night in a basin. As their farm near Nyársapáti lacks electricity, he does his homework by candlelight
       
     
 At the beginning of the 20th century, agriculture was thriving in the Hungarian farmlands. The owners of self-supporting farms with huge strips of land were fairly poor, but managed to get by.  At the end of the 1940s over one million people lived in the rural farmlands of Hungary. During the years of communism, the farms were sucked into the industry and the collective farms, by the early 1990s, only 200,000 people stayed, and their number is strongly decreasing. Most of the young move away to find jobs in far away cities, as droughts and lack of modern machinery hinder families with small land to live from agriculture. Each year more and more abandoned farms are destroyed, to give space for farming companies – endless fields of crops are growing where once families were raised.
       
     

At the beginning of the 20th century, agriculture was thriving in the Hungarian farmlands. The owners of self-supporting farms with huge strips of land were fairly poor, but managed to get by.  At the end of the 1940s over one million people lived in the rural farmlands of Hungary. During the years of communism, the farms were sucked into the industry and the collective farms, by the early 1990s, only 200,000 people stayed, and their number is strongly decreasing. Most of the young move away to find jobs in far away cities, as droughts and lack of modern machinery hinder families with small land to live from agriculture. Each year more and more abandoned farms are destroyed, to give space for farming companies – endless fields of crops are growing where once families were raised.

 Farm in the middle of the woods, near Csemő
       
     

Farm in the middle of the woods, near Csemő

 Having no electricity and refrigerator, the Péter family cook as much as they eat each day on their farm near Nyársapát
       
     

Having no electricity and refrigerator, the Péter family cook as much as they eat each day on their farm near Nyársapát

 Lambs in a barn, near Nyársapát
       
     

Lambs in a barn, near Nyársapát

 Tamara Kiss washes the dishes at her family’s farm, which lacks electricity, in Nyársapát, but she wouldn’t move even to a village for all the money in the world.
       
     

Tamara Kiss washes the dishes at her family’s farm, which lacks electricity, in Nyársapát, but she wouldn’t move even to a village for all the money in the world.

 Hens in a corn field, near Csiffytanya
       
     

Hens in a corn field, near Csiffytanya

 Csontos picks corn near Bicere
       
     

Csontos picks corn near Bicere

 Fields between Kunszentmárton and Öcsöd
       
     

Fields between Kunszentmárton and Öcsöd

 Seeds, near Gátér
       
     

Seeds, near Gátér

 Drought is fought every year on Sándor's Farm near Nyársapát.
       
     

Drought is fought every year on Sándor's Farm near Nyársapát.

 Istvanné takes 16 kinds of medicine on a daily basis, near Rókabokor
       
     

Istvanné takes 16 kinds of medicine on a daily basis, near Rókabokor

 Imre Verényi has high blood pressure, which is checked by healthcare workers every week in Dézsitanya
       
     

Imre Verényi has high blood pressure, which is checked by healthcare workers every week in Dézsitanya

 Organic farming families get together for a birthday party near Ópusztaszer
       
     

Organic farming families get together for a birthday party near Ópusztaszer

 Experimental vegetable farm, near Bicere
       
     

Experimental vegetable farm, near Bicere

 Winter-plough, near Fülöpháza
       
     

Winter-plough, near Fülöpháza

 Ambrus Pesti holds a broken legged newborn lamb in his arms on his farm near Nyársapát.
       
     

Ambrus Pesti holds a broken legged newborn lamb in his arms on his farm near Nyársapát.

 Daily worker at a vegetable plant, near Mórahalom
       
     

Daily worker at a vegetable plant, near Mórahalom

 László Néző is one of the last residents of Csiffytanya. The once flourishing Farmland township was full of life in his childhood, now only a few houses are inhabited in its only street
       
     

László Néző is one of the last residents of Csiffytanya. The once flourishing Farmland township was full of life in his childhood, now only a few houses are inhabited in its only street

 Abandoned Farm near Balkány
       
     

Abandoned Farm near Balkány

 Péter Gallai has left his village, when he was eighteen to search for his father, who has left their family long ago, and lived on a farm. Now Péter lives in his father's old farm, which lacks electricity, and earns money as a day labourer at the farms nearby
       
     

Péter Gallai has left his village, when he was eighteen to search for his father, who has left their family long ago, and lived on a farm. Now Péter lives in his father's old farm, which lacks electricity, and earns money as a day labourer at the farms nearby

 Bus stop at a plantation, near Nyirlugos
       
     

Bus stop at a plantation, near Nyirlugos

 Imre, Gyuszi, Attila and Marci hang out at one of the last farms in Csiffytanya
       
     

Imre, Gyuszi, Attila and Marci hang out at one of the last farms in Csiffytanya

 Pigeons arrive home, near Dézsitanya
       
     

Pigeons arrive home, near Dézsitanya

 Inflatalbe swimming pool by the corn fields of Csiffytanya
       
     

Inflatalbe swimming pool by the corn fields of Csiffytanya

 Drunken biker near Kalocsa
       
     

Drunken biker near Kalocsa

 Farm near Nyíregyháza
       
     

Farm near Nyíregyháza

 Three families live under one roof so they can share the work around the cows, near Békés.
       
     

Three families live under one roof so they can share the work around the cows, near Békés.

 Kati Kiss chops wood outside her family’s farm near Nyarsapat, in southern Hungary. “When I go to Koros town to visit my son, I feel like I’m in a prison. Only the caretaker’s hearse can take me from my farm.”
       
     

Kati Kiss chops wood outside her family’s farm near Nyarsapat, in southern Hungary. “When I go to Koros town to visit my son, I feel like I’m in a prison. Only the caretaker’s hearse can take me from my farm.”

 Janos Gera sits in his kitchen near Mórahalom, in southern Hungary. Janos is living with a mental disability. He had a factory job in the town nearby, but as the factory has now closed, he stays at home on his farm most of the time.
       
     

Janos Gera sits in his kitchen near Mórahalom, in southern Hungary. Janos is living with a mental disability. He had a factory job in the town nearby, but as the factory has now closed, he stays at home on his farm most of the time.

 Straw bales, near Tenk
       
     

Straw bales, near Tenk

 Ernone Faggyas stands by her garden well near Morahalom, in southern Hungary. Ernone’s son drowned in a nearby lake as a child, the tragedy hit her family hard.
       
     

Ernone Faggyas stands by her garden well near Morahalom, in southern Hungary. Ernone’s son drowned in a nearby lake as a child, the tragedy hit her family hard.

 The Sunday mass is received via an indoor antenna through a battery-powered TV at a farm which lacks electricity near Törtel
       
     

The Sunday mass is received via an indoor antenna through a battery-powered TV at a farm which lacks electricity near Törtel

 Gabor in front of his house, near Balkány
       
     

Gabor in front of his house, near Balkány

 Bus stop, Törtel
       
     

Bus stop, Törtel

 Jozsef Pallagi loads dried corn to a cart, to feed the lambs he is taking care of at a farm, near Törtel
       
     

Jozsef Pallagi loads dried corn to a cart, to feed the lambs he is taking care of at a farm, near Törtel

 Farm dog, near Törtel
       
     

Farm dog, near Törtel

 Kati Kiss in front of her farm, near Nyársapát
       
     

Kati Kiss in front of her farm, near Nyársapát

 Tamara Kiss brings in firewood to her farm, near Nyársapát
       
     

Tamara Kiss brings in firewood to her farm, near Nyársapát

 Woods, near Balkány
       
     

Woods, near Balkány

 Old baler machine at a farm, near Törtel
       
     

Old baler machine at a farm, near Törtel

 Mihalyne hangs portraits of her children in the clean room of her farm in Rokabokor. All the three children left the Farmlands and found their future in one of the nearby towns
       
     

Mihalyne hangs portraits of her children in the clean room of her farm in Rokabokor. All the three children left the Farmlands and found their future in one of the nearby towns

 “Do you know where I will be spending the winter? Beneath my duvet!” Mrs. Sándor Takács doesn’t have enough money to buy firewood, she gets a bit of wood from the local government and his neighbors, and heats with that as long as it lasts
       
     

“Do you know where I will be spending the winter? Beneath my duvet!” Mrs. Sándor Takács doesn’t have enough money to buy firewood, she gets a bit of wood from the local government and his neighbors, and heats with that as long as it lasts

 Sándor Kiss is drying wood for the winter near Nyársapát
       
     

Sándor Kiss is drying wood for the winter near Nyársapát

 With no bathroom to speak of, Sanyi Székely takes a bath each night in a basin. As their farm near Nyársapáti lacks electricity, he does his homework by candlelight
       
     

With no bathroom to speak of, Sanyi Székely takes a bath each night in a basin. As their farm near Nyársapáti lacks electricity, he does his homework by candlelight