A baffling sight never to be seen in America

A baffling sight never to be seen in America

Ariana Winder
On the way to a famous 1,000-year-old burial site of horses and chariots, I saw something possibly more remarkable. Lining the city streets to Linzi were huge masses of sand colored sheets, covering the concrete as far as the eye could see.

Entire families were out with various simple tools and bags of all shapes. No one in the van could quite guess what was going on, and we couldn’t understand why everyone was out all at once.

It was baffling why the farmers abandoned their crops on the usual hillsides we see them in to tend to the city streets.

Finally, Dr. (Jing) Luo, our Chinese native, let us in on the secret. The sand-colored sheets were actually grains of wheat— no wonder the farmers “weren’t out!”

Ariana Winder After a half-hour question and answer session it finally made sense. They let the grain grow until it is high enough to harvest and then they choose the hottest day to spread the wheat out to dry before bagging it.

The families have little space to spread their grain out so they use the rugged streets to help sift the grain from the shafts.

Still, I felt awful we were driving over their wheat harvest, but Dr. Luo assured me we were actually helping them to crush the grains and remove the waste from the good stuff.

Each family would eventually bag about 1,000 pounds of wheat, a year’s worth of grain, in that one collective day of hard work.

“Never in America would you see such a thing … we would just go to the local store,” Dr. Luo assured me.

I definitely agree.