I’ll admit I’m having a very hard time creating new agriculture-related content right now. It just feels like anything I would write about is currently insignificant and poorly timed.
For the last few weeks I’ve been glued to the television watching as events unfold in Ukraine. I’ve had to turn it off recently, which makes me feel guilty because Ukrainians can’t just turn it off. But for my own mental health, I can’t continue to follow it as closely as I was. The last I’ve heard our family is fine, but that could change at any moment.
This is me in Kyiv. I’m standing in front of the St. Sophia Cathedral bell tower (you can see the main church behind it). It’s designated as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. The foundations of the cathedral were laid at some point between 1011 and 1037. It was breathtaking. But now I have no idea whether it’s still standing, or if it is, its current condition.
Naturally, I’ve reflected on my trip to Ukraine in 2013. If you can believe it, that was my first international trip (I just jump right into these things). It was a life changing experience and makes you realize that other parts of the world aren’t so different from our own. If you have the opportunity to go places, to see things, to experience a different part of the world, I hope you take it. Because you never know when or if that chance will end.
Kerry Pay says
My family created the the town of Volga, S.D after my great grandfather left military in Civil War created a supply business goods to the gov forts in the Dakota Territory. He built a livery business thinking the railroad would go thru Volga but it went East a bit bypassed his town he built. It was my great grandfather’s family that had large farm in the Dakota Territory. My grandfather settled Montana buying land outside of Billings for his farm. I have always loved agriculture. Family farms are very precious to save for the children. I loved that you traveled to Ukraine because as a History major they are the bread basket of Russia. I wish we could help them make their land more productive the natural way as I am a person that self educated about climate change that always affects farmers. Corruption isn’t good for us in America or anywhere. Work ethic is why the Russian people are strong stock. They should enjoy the fruits of their collective community not too much for the state. I dislike violence and have always been the diplomat solving relationships between people to not waste time or resources. I just found your website after searching for size of the average farm in Ukraine on my search engine Duck Duck Go Go that was visible top four.