Nova Scotia

Blueberry U-pick owners hold fundraiser for family of young girl killed by farm tractor

The owners of a small farm near Windsor, N.S., are inviting people to their blueberry U-pick Saturday so that the proceeds for the berries can go to the family of a seven-year-old girl who was recently killed in a farming accident.

Moorbern Farms near Windsor to send all proceeds from Saturday's picking to the family

Moorbern Farms will send all proceeds from blueberry picking on Saturday to the family of Sia Van Wyck, who was fatally struck by a farm tractor last month. (Moorbern Farms/Facebook)

The heartbreaking story of a seven-year-old girl killed on an Annapolis Valley farm two weeks ago has created a flurry of community support in the region.

Sia Van Wyck was seriously injured July 19 when she was struck by a tractor cutting metre-high hay in Clementsvale, N.S. She later died in hospital.

A GoFundMe campaign has raised more than $12,000 for the girl's family, who live in the U.S. There is also a fundraiser Thursday night hosted by the Clementsvale and District Recreation Committee, and on Saturday a blueberry U-pick will donate all proceeds from berry-picking to the family.

Moorbern Farms co-owner Cynthia Bernier ​said they decided to help because of how much the community supported them when they bought the farm in Scotch Village in 2014.

'Affected us very deeply'

"Being brand new to the farming community, we found the support really, really incredible, and whenever we had a question there were always lots of people who were able to answer us and guide us," Bernier told CBC Radio's Maritime Noon.

"When we heard this story of Sia it really affected us very deeply. And particularly, we were both really thinking about the operator of the piece of equipment."

It was her husband and business co-owner, Jack, who had the idea.

"I just thought, 'I'm the luckiest woman on the face of the planet to be married to a human being who thinks about other people that he doesn't even know,'" she said. "We have no connection with this family."

Bernier said she emailed the family before they began planning the fundraiser, and received their blessing.

"If we raise $50 or if we raise $500, we'll be equally happy," she said.

Moorbern Farms is open Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

With files from Maritime Noon