It’s estimated the total loss to our farming Community caused by the F2 Tornado which cut a swath diagonally across the town taking out thousands of apple trees, will be somewhere around $9 million over the next eight to 10 years.
The losses to the farmers are in several categories. First, there’s the actual lost crop: the apples that would have been harvested this autumn.
That loss, so far, is thought to be in the neighbourhood of $1million to $2 million. At least 4.5 million pounds -- more than 13 million apples were destroyed and thousands of trees. The value of lost trees is estimated at $1.5 to $2 million. Losing one year’s crop is one thing, but the lost trees mean lost crop for the next six to 10 years, depending on the variety. It will be 2011 or 2012 before the growers can even get stock to replace their lost trees. Then it takes six or seven years, and sometimes longer, before that tree is producing a profitable amount of fruit. Thus the losses will keep adding up for nearly a decade.
A Tornado Relief Fund has been set up within the Community. The Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program governs the fundraising. The province contributes $2 for every $1 raised locally.
My cover painting, Three Apples has been reproduced on canvas (wrapped and ready to hang) and is available for purchase in 4 sizes. All proceeds (after costs) will be donated to the Tornado Fund.
24" x 36" - COST: $450
20" x 30" - COST: $370
16" x 20" - COST: $280
11" x 14" - COST: $200
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