But after the word spread via the news report and social media posts, Ruzycki’s spirits rallied as the community stepped up to support him, KOKH reported in a follow-up story June 14. Customers have been showing up to support the farm by buying cut flowers in jars as well as the few other crops that were not destroyed by the attack, including potatoes and ornamental grasses. Two GoFundMe campaigns — each set up without the other’s knowledge — were launched to help the farm get growing again. One effort set up by fellow farmer Allysia Scherer was close to its $5,000 goal Tuesday, and another organized by a friend, Elizabeth England, had raised nearly $2,000 of the $15,000 goal. “How do you even describe it into words? There are no words,” England told the news station. “Seeing his pain, I cried, having to watch a friend go through that.” In a June 14 Facebook post, Ruzycki expressed thanks to all who helped. “We are overwhelmed with gratitude this morning,” he wrote. “We were beyond filled with love and support by so MANY wonderful humans in the great State of Oklahoma and beyond. “We have received really wonderful advice that we will be absolutely be following. All authorities are on the case and we feel confident that there will be resolution.” The attached image read, “When life gets hectic and you feel overwhelmed, take a moment to focus on the people and things you are most grateful for.” There were no more doubts expressed about Ruzycki’s future in farming. “I want to make it very clear that we are NOT giving up,” he said in the Facebook post. “Our farm is our life and livelihood. We will do whatever it takes to rebuild and thrive not only for us but for our shareholders/customers.” He reaffirmed that resolve in the follow-up report on KOKH. “The outpouring of support is everything to us,” Ruzycki said. “It’s the reason we’re going to keep going.” This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
NEW: A farmer in Jones, Oklahoma says someone destroyed over two acres of his crops overnight.“This is not just my livelihood we’re talking about,” Michael Ruzycki said. “It’s more than 100 families too.” @OKCFOX @wsuares @WayneStaffordTV pic.twitter.com/7U13NIXVGh — David Chasanov (@DavidChasanov) June 13, 2023