PUNGO -- Farmer Wink Henley grows corn, soybeans, wheat and strawberries but on this day we were trimming up the raspberries.

This is the only life Henley's ever known, growing up on the 150-acre Pungo farm his father bought in the 1930s.

'I was raised in this house and walked that lane to the school bus everyday,' Henley said.

The work we were doing was nothing compared to tractor-driving, business-planning and risk-taking that a farmer in Hampton Roads deals with each season.

'You almost need to inherit or have land. If you've got to buy the land, it's almost too expensive to buy the land and start farming. With the land and equipment it would be awfully hard to do,' Henley said.

The third generation Henley is Bruce. He was showing me how to plant romaine lettuce.

'I would guess we would have 1500 head of lettuce,' Bruce explained.

Bruce attended Ferrum College and studied agriculture.

'I'm not going to say I didn't have a choice in the matter, but I think it was already pre-determined,' said Bruce.

So 'new school' meets 'old school' and I was the hired hand for the day.

So how would I do as Farmer Flanagan?

'I don't know how he would do everyday but he did fine this morning. So yeah, I think ol' Joe. I think we could do pretty good with Joe,' concluded Henley.

Thanks Wink.

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