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A story by Maksym Kononenko from the Sumy region
From time immemorial, I remembered the words of the talented breeder Ivan Vladimirovich Michurin, who more than a hundred years ago called the nut "bread of the future", prophesying that humanity will taste this "bread" and realize its great health benefits.
I dreamed of a garden as a child, and in adulthood decided to plant a walnut garden.
I looked for a plot of land for the future garden near my own house, almost at the entrance to the city of Sumy.
Studying horticulture, I found out that my native Sumy region, according to the distribution of frost resistance zones according to the USDA classification (United States Department of Agriculture, USDA) belongs to the most severe climate zone 5-a, which is in Ukraine.
And the future walnut orchard, located north of the 50th parallel of northern latitude, is in a critical area of industrial nut growing. Until now, the 50th parallel was considered the limit of successful nuts. In fact, it is the dividing line between the northern and southern climatic regions of Eurasia, which climatologists tentatively call the "big axis" of the continent.
I carefully studied all the advanced nut farming technologies, gathered a team of like-minded people, and 4 years ago planted my first nut plot. Today the garden has a total area of 33 hectares, on which 28 hectares are set aside for walnuts, and hazelnuts are planted on 5 hectares.
Thanks to the right choice of agricultural technology and innovative agricultural techniques, the dream of making a nut the owner of the northern gardens of Ukraine began to come true. Today, "Sumy Garden" has begun to bear fruit and is the northernmost industrial nut orchard in Ukraine. From my walnut garden to the North Pole only 4350 km, and to the Equator - as much as 5670 km!
The trouble came suddenly - on February 24 the war began.
The city of Sumy, being near the Ukrainian-Russian border, was one of the first to receive attacks by enemy troops. Under the roar of artillery shelling and bombing, I managed to evacuate my family, and I returned to defend the city in the defense forces. And when the city was occupied, I became a guerrilla along with other fighters.
Only after the liberation of the city of Sumy, I was able to return to my walnut garden. As I approached the garden, through the torn and broken gates of outbuildings, I realized that the trouble did not pass him by. And so it turned out.
The garden suffered artillery shelling and rocket bombardment. During the demining of the garden, an unexploded bomb was found.
We will treat the garden. Well, we heal wounds on tree trunks and branches, and we will repair drip irrigation in the garden. It is a pity that the trees were killed, cut down by shell fragments and felled - their roots need to be dug up and new seedlings planted.
The worst thing is that the barbarians, fleeing from our land, stole my agricultural machinery, closed in the economic block of the garden: a mower, a multifunctional touch tillage machine, broke the fertigation unit of drip irrigation, took away everything valuable and expensive. There was only a tractor left, which was in another place - I gave it to technical diagnostics and repairs in the winter, before the war.
A lot of time has already been lost while we fought, liberated, and demined. The garden is now overgrown and nothing to cultivate. But we, Ukrainians, are a strong and free nation, we cannot be defeated! I will not back down from my dream - my garden will flourish!
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