Sugar beets

[When we were forced to move off the west coast], we moved to Raymond, Alberta to do sugar beets. We didn’t know anything about farming whatsoever and had to learn from scratch. Some congregation members would come and help us. I remember you had to leave the sugar beet plants about 10 to 12 inches apart. If the plants were too close the beets didn’t grow much but if they were too far apart then you wasted the land. One time, I was hoeing away and thinning and pulled one plant that I meant to leave which meant that there was too much space. I thought: Oh my goodness what do I do now?  I put it back in the ground but there was no water around it so I peed on it. (Laughs) I didn’t go back to see if it survived or not.

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