National Geographic : 1915 Feb
GARMISCII VILLAGE: BAVARIA, GERMANY Farmers' homes in Germany are crowded closely together in village clusters. The land of eachpeasant proprietor liessomewhere inthe surrounding country beyond the village, but seldom near at hand; in fact, "the farm" may consistofseveral plots ofground lying inasmany different directions and each having as little relationship as possible to the convenience of the owner. The farm plots areofallconceivable shapes. A potato patch may be 20 feet wide and a quarter of a mile long, or it may be a squat, multi-sided figure cutoutofthemidst ofthe open field. These fanciful farms are the outcome of a sense of justice of earlier generations of farmers, who sought fairly toapportion among themselves the good and the poor lands.