This weekend we were driving thru the countryside and we came upon an Amish family who was preparing to harvesting their wheat crop. The horses are used to pull the binder. The binder cuts the wheat plant then binds the wheat into small bundles and throws the bundles off onto the ground. The workers follow the horses around the field and collect up the bundles then put them together in a "shock". After a week or two of drying and maturing in the field they will come back with a thrasher and seperate the wheat from the shaft. This is a family activy. The whole family is involved. I think there is a lesson to be learned from the Amish. If you would like to see (many) more pictures click here.