“I live and breathe to see plants growing.”
"I don't watch television: I watch my plants."
Vasile’s story is the story of an exceptional person, who lives for and with his plants. He is an autodidact who tended a vegetable plot for his family while working as a car mechanic. After the coup in 1989 he began a new life as a vegetable grower in Dumbrăveni.
On a piece of land measuring 0.3 hectares he grows fifty varieties of tomato, a hundred or more herbs and “every variety of vegetable in the world. Well, not all of them, but close.” Vasile can always be found in his garden. He doesn’t watch television: “I watch my plants.”
“I have met some incredible people, like Dr. Vânătoru from Buzău. He brings plants from all over the world. The plants are brought to Romania by our ambassadors in various countries. They bring seeds to the station in Buzău. Mr Vânătoru sends them to me in Suceava, so I can test them.”
Marius, Vasile’s son, tends the patch of land next to his and keeps cows that provide manure for his plants.
“Manure gives life to the plants. Plants can't grow on chemicals…..
…I mean, yes, they can, but it's unhealthy. Manure means healthy plants.”
“I am a patriot. I want to work and die where I was born and leave something to those who come after me.”
They live and breath to see their plants growing.
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