Gallery: Trees Take Root in Abandoned Silos in American Farming Communi...


Drive down a two-lane highway in the rural Midwest and you’re likely to encounter decaying buildings, maybe a half-collapsed barn, and abandoned silos. Industrial agriculture has reshaped America’s farming communities in recent decades by consolidating resources in fewer and larger farms, leaving abandoned structures from defunct family farms dotting the landscape. And amid the ruins, the New York Times has spotted a surprisingly common sight: abandoned silos with trees growing inside them, or as they’re more commonly known, silo trees.

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