Ruth hails from the southern Minnesota area of Waterville/Elysian. She grew up on her folk’s farm where she helped her Dad in the fields and with the animals. She helped her Mom in the garden when she HAD to. She also watched for bear when the rest of the family went blueberry picking in North Central Minnesota and Wisconsin. Never in her wildest dreams did she ever think she would be doing all of the things that her mother so dearly loved to do like picking raspberries, blueberries, grapes, lettuce, tomatoes, rhubarb, canning the many jars of jams and jellies and actually enjoying what she is doing. She had a good teacher. Thanks Mom.