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Weekend Farmer

By: Rebekah Bjork | July 18, 2019

Volunteer Gopal has been working hard during this hot Minnesota summer at the Oliver Kelley Farm in Elk River. With his skills in gardening and trail management he is a wonderful asset to the team at the farm!

Gopal moved to Minnesota during the summer of 2017 from San Diego. He wanted to learn more about the history of a place he would soon call home, leading him to the Minnesota Historical Society. What seemed like a one-time summer volunteer opportunity, to learn more about Minnesota, actually turned into something more valuable. The friendships Gopal has built on the farm and the enjoyment of doing some outdoor labor brought Gopal back for another season of volunteering on the farm. 

Another thing Gopal enjoys is going home and telling his 4-year-old son tales about what the animals did and what other kids said at the farm. With such fascinating stories, without a doubt, Gopal’s son believes his dad is a weekend farmer.