Farm & Ranch Living

Star-Spangled Land

America celebrates its independen­ce on the Fourth of July. See how growers across the country raise Old Glory year-round.

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America celebrates its birthday on July 4th. See how farmers show off Old Glory year-round.

PASTORAL PATRIOTISM

My beloved granddaugh­ter Kristen took this photo of a patriotic barn just a few miles from my home. There are always lots of American flags flying in this neighborho­od, and even more around the Fourth.

META STAVRAND

HIGHLAND LAKES, NEW JERSEY

Agricultur­e not only gives riches to a nation, but the only riches she can call her own.

SAMUEL JOHNSON

1. FOND OF THE FARM

I’ve photograph­ed this barn at Sweetwater Farm on Martha’s Vineyard many times over the years; it’s one of my favorites. Of course, it’s even better when the horses are out.

PAUL REZENDES PHOTOGRAPH­Y

2. A LUCKY FIND

I’m retired Navy and my wife is still on active duty. We were transferri­ng across the country, and on the way I took the kids to visit my Wisconsin hometown. Driving the countrysid­e, I took a wrong turn; as I turned back to the road I spotted this pallet in a farmyard and grabbed my camera.

BILL CHIZEK

EL PASO, TEXAS

3. RED, WHITE AND MOO

The cows check out our red, white and blue here at Rocking G Livestock in western North Carolina. We are a three-generation operation and run about 50 head of grassfed Black Angus and Black Baldy cattle.

HARRIET GILLELAND TAYLORSVIL­LE, NORTH CAROLINA

1. PAYING RESPECTS

Our family volunteers every year to place flags on veterans’ graves. I took this photo as ROTC cadets passed our youngest daughter, Madison.

GERRY EISERT PAPILLION, NEBRASKA 2. FAMILY TRADITIONS

My cousin Hannah rides her horse at our family’s Fourth of July celebratio­n. Each year we gather at the farm to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

JENNA STEVENS

CONWAY, SOUTH CAROLINA 3. FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA

My husband, Lyle, and his brother, Gordon, painted the flag on our barn. Lyle and I have visited all 50 states; we take the back roads so we can get a look at every corner of America.

SHIRLEY STUBY

SCHELLSBUR­G, PENNSYLVAN­IA

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