I have lived in the Grays Chapel community in North Carolina for some 56 years. When I was very young, many of my neighbors were full time farmers, and most farmed at least part time. Over the years things have changed and fewer folks are involved in agriculture. There are some, however, that still make their livings from the land and I appreciate seeing them hard at work. Here, Michael Williams uses a large “ripper” to prepare land for the upcoming corn crop. The corn will become silage for dairy cows.