A farmer from Donetsk region grows vegetables for local schools (photo)

Oleksandr Kisnenko moved to the village of Petrivka Persha, located in the Donetsk region, ten years ago. Today, he is engaged in growing vegetables in greenhouses and selling them to local schools, writes “Agro-Center”.

Today, the farmer owns 3.5 hectares of land occupied with greenhouses and grows vegetables almost year-round. Alexander built them by himself for the “Ukrainian Donuts Kurkul” grant money.

“To make money, you need volume – about 30 hectares planted. With the grant money, I will be able to build a frame and cover greenhouses for 5 hectares. I want to do it by spring to make sure I don’t miss the season,”

said Alexander.

The farmer plans to expand his farm. Nowadays, he and his family work in the greenhouses. After expanding his farm Alexander wants to hire two workers. The man works all year – grows vegetables from spring to autumn, and greens – in winter.

“It isn’t surprising but vegetables are brought to our and neighboring villages from the Kherson region. It’s expensive because of logistics. Now, schools buy vegetables straight from our farm. These vegetables even taste differently. Demand grew rapidly so I decided to cultivate more,”

said the farmer.

Alexander believes that this business can be not only profitable but also useful as children will always eat fresh, homemade vegetables.

“I want to “raise” the village. Many people run away, they don’t see any prospects. I do. It doesn’t matter where you live. If you have a purpose and love your work, you will have everything,”

said the farmer.

Alexander said that he moved to the village to show that it doesn’t matter where you live. You just need to have a desire to work.

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