The Ukraine comes to visit.

Clarke & Mila with the Ukrainians

In late November 1996, a small group of visitors from the Ukraine, a former Soviet State, came to Shady Pond to learn about Christmas tree production. They included Dr. Pavel Khrienko, Nikolai Gavrilyuk, Anna Onischuk, Svetlana Titova and Arteom Zilbervarg.

Dr. Khrienko is professor of Agrarian Sociology and Economics at the Crimean Agricultural Institute in Simferopol, and Mr. Gavrilyuk is a graduate of the Institute, one of the founders of the Crimean Private Farmers Association, and leader of the Crimean Rural Democratic Party.

Ukrainian Students with Giant Live Oak Limb covered in Resurrection Fern.

Anna is a student at the Crimean Agricultural Institute studying international agrarian development. She is also active in organizing a student group modeled after the FFA. Svetlana and Arteom are exchange students attending high school in Pearl River and Midland, Louisiana, respectively.

Tour Group learn about Leylands

Our Ukraine visitors came to learn about the planting, trimming, and marketing techniques used at Shady Pond. All agreed that Christmas trees seemed to be a viable crop for the Crimean region.

The tour was arranged by Doug Fischer and Bradley Leger, Agriscience/Agribusiness instructors at Pearl River and Midland high schools.

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