Posted on December 6, 2013 by Tia Lalani

Doug Lyseng, farmer and friend of Augustana, had an odd request. The result surprised him!

img_0571Earlier this fall, Doug (CLC ’70, UA BEd ’73) and Marg Lyseng (CLC ’72, UA BSc HomeEc ’75), alumni and long-time friends of Augustana Chaplaincy, contacted Chaplaincy.

The owners of Maplewood Acres, a market garden in Armena, asked if we could find a group of students to help with the potato harvest. Almost all of their summer work force had returned to high school or university and could only offer a few hours per week through the fall. There were not enough labourers to bring in the vegetables.

Vikings Friends stepped up.

“Vikings Friends is a Christian fellowship group aimed at creating a greater synergy between Chaplaincy and the rest of the student body,” says Ryan Lindsay, student chaplain and one of the group’s organizers. “It has been most valuable for people who perhaps cannot attend worship or other spiritual based groups due to their athletic schedules. The group provides a great fellowship of friends as you grow in your faith, opportunities for service in the community, and potlucks!”

The newly formed small group blanketed the fields with almost 20 potato pickers over a Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. Cars on Highway 21 slowed noticeably at the sight.

The team gathered about five tons of potatoes. They shared a huge pot of chilli on Friday evening and the Lysengs ordered pizza on Saturday to celebrate the harvest.

The question about students helping with field work was posed by a rather puzzled high school student and neighbour of the Lyseng family who was also helping with the harvest that weekend. “The answer to that question was not a straightforward yes or no,” says Chaplain Craig Wentland. “It was straight forward that this was a life-giving event for all.”

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4 responses to “Do students help out with field work?”

  • Christopher Thrall said:
    Dec 9, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    We are sure that all due care was taken to ensure the safety of our student volunteers.

  • Douglas Taylor said:
    Dec 9, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    I hope that the agencies and institution has done its due diligence on the risks of work in a business that is not covered by standards and regulations on workplace health and safety, employment standards and worker’s compensation. One of those anomalies of an industry which is on the fringe of main stream business in Alberta.

  • Christopher Thrall said:
    Dec 9, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    Hi, David: here at the University of Alberta’s Augustana Faculty, we celebrate the events and stories that come from the Music teaching faculty and students within our Department of Fine Arts & Humanities. You can check our News & Events homepage and click on “Fine Arts” to see the stories and events posted, or sign up for our eCircle alumni newsletter for news that relates to our Camrose campus. If you are seeking news from the Music Department at the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Arts in Edmonton, you could try visiting their website at

    We hope you find what you are looking for!

  • David Kenyon said:
    Dec 9, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    how about a “MUSIC” link available… giving the news from Fac of Music??
    their online newsletter IN TUNE is erratic, and not sent consistently…
    investigate and reply, please
    David Kenyon, BSc(Gen) ’76