Russian grower recollects memories

"In the 1990s, our salary was paid in foodstuffs"

Natalia Mikhailovna Morozova has been working as a vegetable grower for 50 years. She was 16 when she first came to the collective farm that was further converted into the modern Agrocomplex Churilovo in Russia.

Growing up in a village and having graduated from agricultural college, she started working as a grower in the collective farm and has been looking after tomatoes and cucumbers since then. “Working in greenhouses did not seem difficult then, we were used to it in the village. My relatives convinced me to continue my education but I did not want to. I coped well with soil, and I really liked it. And I still do”, shared Ms. Morozova in an article on the company's website.

“We used to do everything manually, dug holes and spread manure over the beds. Everything was done manually, with our backs half bent. I remember we grew onions, and a lot of them. I even got a reward for exceeding the plan. They sent me a samovar”, recalled the woman. “Of course it cannot be compared with the contemporary technologies of Churilovo. It is a lot easier and more interesting to work here now. It is great that vegetables can be grown all year round.”

Own apartment
In the beginning Ms. Morozova lived in a dormitory next to the collective farm. Later, when she was 20, she was provided with a flat. “It seems unrealistic. I was so young, my husband was still in the army and we got a flat. How could I leave such an enterprise? And what for? You know, if I started living my life from the beginning, I would not change anything. We have lived through many things: the collapse of the Soviet Union, the 1990s, when the salary was paid in foodstuffs. But I never even thought about changing my job”, shared Ms. Morozova.

Natalia Mikhailovna is confident that a good team matters a lot. “I have always been surrounded by exceptional people. There was a moment when everybody helped out with our new flat. The most important thing is being kind to each other and help, especially help the newcomers. We have many young people working here now. It is great but they are constantly searching for something, for a better life, I guess? It happens a lot that girls leave Churilovo and then return. Why mess about, when you have the job you like and stability”, considers Ms. Morozova.

For many years of productive work, Ms. Natalia Mikhailovna Morozova has been awarded the title Veteran of Labor of the Third Rank. “I work and will be working while I can still walk. You know, I am happy, I laugh a lot and get the joy of life. No moaning, that’s the most important thing”, mentions Natalia Mikhailovna.


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