US (PA): $30,000 in repairs needed to fix greenhouse in Waterford

As growing season for local produce gets closer, one farm is behind after a winter storm in January damaged its greenhouse. Rick Wybiral, the COO of Legacy Hydroponics said, "It was horrifying, it really was, not knowing where to begin. Once the snow melted, we really saw the damage, we lost all our plants that were in there growing", said Wybiral.

Legacy Hydroponics in Waterford serves the community by growing produce, from strawberries to tomatoes, lettuce and peppers. But heavy snow caused their greenhouse roof to collapse, meaning a big loss in business and crops. "We are estimating about $30,000 in damages right now, but we won't know until we are actually done", said Wybiral.

They were able to save some crops, but many were gone. "We are trying to save some of our strawberries, we have them in dormancy. We weren't able to save any of the other produce, unfortunately, we had to destroy it. But we do have babies growing now and hopefully, we will have this backup and running by the begging of May", said Wybiral. Not only are they going to have to start from scratch for a majority of their crops, but they are also going to have to spend a lot of money getting new supplies including some of the frames that got bent and torn in that storm.

To make matters worse, insurance money can't help. "In Erie County, they don't cover greenhouses with insurance, so we weren't able to have an insurance claim on it, so that's what led to our vendors coming together and putting together a fundraiser for us", explained Wybiral. A bingo fundraiser is set for April 24 at McLane Church on West 38th Street from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. to help raise money to help Legacy Hydroponics and the repairs that will follow.

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