In the spring of 2017, Andriy Horobets had an opportunity to complete a six-month internship in the USA. As part of our Careers with Kusto Agro section, we publish our trainee’s story about his impressions.
Andriy has been working as a field manager at Kusto Agro Farming for two years. In a purposeful and friendly team, he has gained important experience in the field work management, learned about the technological aspects of growing crops, learned to quickly analyze and take effective decisions and successfully combine the agronomist’s and manager’s duties. Therefore, the work at Kusto Agro has become a kind of launching pad for his professional advancement.
“The company’s management has positively reacted to my desire to go for an internship abroad to gain experience, learn new technologies and foreign ways of working in crop production. Therefore, the company has maximally contributed to my trip arrangements. This way Kusto Agro has provided me with a chance to live out my dreams,” says Andriy Horobets.
The internship was held at the Sauchuk Farm, Plympton, Mass. The farming company has 150 hectares of land and specializes in growing vegetables and berries to sell them in their shop and the markets of the region. The farm produces salads, cucumbers, marrows, potatoes, sweet corn, asparagus, radish, spinach, pepper, red beet, carrots, and onions, as well as melons, watermelons, pumpkins, strawberries, raspberries, and garden bilberries.
The farming company is also engaged in rural tourism. In autumn, the Corn Maze festival is held there. It is quite a popular event in the USA, and the festival facilities occupy a 4-hectare area belonging to the company.
“We received from 1,000 to 5,000 visitors daily. This event featured lots of entertainment activities, like pinball, gifts search contests in the maze. You could see a collection of farm animals, jump on trampolines, and personally gather pumpkins for Halloween. The organizers treated the guests to appetizing American potato, succulent sandwiches, fragrant apple donuts, and caramelized popcorn. The event allows having a good time and staying positive.”
During his stay in the United States, Andriy got acquainted with the technological aspects of growing vegetables and berries, worked with modern machinery and organized the processes. His duties included soil timely cultivation for vegetable crops sowing, plant protection products introduction, vegetable crops planting, product delivery to the supermarket and farm shops, pest control in the field, as well as controlling laborers employed in greenhouses and on the field, irrigation systems with micro and macro elements introduction, and product harvesting and storage.
“I am sincerely grateful to my company for providing me with the opportunity to undergo the internship abroad and get unforgettable impressions about the trip where I have gained an invaluable experience in the agrarian business,” summarizes Andriy Horobets.