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NY Apple Farmer: Hope Has Not Been Cancelled
New York Ag Connection - 05/21/2020

A family apple farm in New York is reminding America that farmers are still out there growing essential food, fiber and fuel.

Chip and Carla Bailey produced a video at their KC Bailey Orchard in Williamson with a simple message: Hope has not been cancelled.

"Because of COVID-19 a lot of things have been shut down and cancelled across America," Chip Bailey said. "But on the farm, springtime is not cancelled."

The video features the family hard at work pruning, fertilizing and planting trees to get ready for the spring.

The apples they grow are an important and nourishing food source for many communities. The family is proud to grow food for their neighbors right in New York and customers across America.

Their son, Josh, had to leave college after classes were cancelled but he's happy to be back on the farm helping out.

"I'm able to work on the farm and I think that's a great opportunity to be back with the team and keep contributing any way I can," he says.

The Baileys were featured in a video story National Crop Insurance Services produced last year about how crop insurance helps family farms and allows them to survive the difficult years.

"Unfortunately, so many things have been cancelled but America we are growing the food for you," Chip Bailey says. "And just remember that hope has not been cancelled."

To view the Bailey's video, go to cropinsuranceinamerica.org/chip-bailey-apple-grower-williamson-ny/.


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