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Impact of Ukraine war ripples across Minnesota's agriculture sector

 

August 1, 2022

Alex Kormann, Star Tribune

Inna Zhemchuzhkyna, left, and Inna Kozionova packed grape tomatoes Wednesday at Untiendt's Vegetable Farm in Waverly, Minn.

Inna Kozionova and three other Ukrainian women sit at a picnic table near an old farmhouse.

Fields of emerging cucumbers and cabbage, backlit by the late-day sun, surround them. This moment - of being lulled by the buzz of cicadas - is a far cry from their war-torn home. The four women came to Waverly, Minn., as seasonal workers for Untiedt's Vegetable Farm, a job that offers a welcome distraction during the day from their worst thoughts.

Kozionova's husband serves in the Ukrainian military. The 35-year-old woman crossed her country's border into Moldova with her 3-year-old son after fleeing her parents' home in March. She now waves to the boy, who wears a T-shirt adorned with airplanes, in the doorway.

https://www.startribune.com/minnesota-ukraine-agricultural-connections-run-deep/600194590/

 

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