The Torbert family certainly has experienced hardship before, but nothing like what happened on Wednesday, November 17th. Early that morning, a powerful storm with damaging winds swept across Lower Bucks County, PA. When the tornado struck the Torbert farm, it toppled most of the trees on the farm, ripped roofs off barns, blasted out the farmhouse windows and destroyed most of the farm's outbuildings. As many locals know, four generations of the Torbert family have owned and operated the 100 acre farm since 1933. Located on Yardley-Newtown Road, their farm is just one of the very few left in Lower Makefield Township.
The Torberts are full time farmers who grow hay, corn, and a variety of vegetables. They also stable horses. Jennifer Torbert is a full time school bus driver for the Pennsbury School District and their 14 year old son, John Harry Jr., is his father's farming partner and 9th grade student at Pennsbury High School. Their oldest daughter, Erin, teaches riding lessons and runs a summer camp and is involved in the "Plant a Seed Foundation" where she sponsors underprivileged and special needs children and teaches them how to care for and ride
horses. Their youngest daughter, Catherine, is a Junior at West
The summer's drought hit the family hard. Combined with the recent storm, the family doesn't have the means to rebuild. The damage is extensive and the Torbert's did not have insurance coverage on any of the barns or outbuildings. So they desperately need help. Any donations would be extremely appreciated and would go directly to the clean-up, repair and rebuilding of the family farm. The rebuilding of the farm is the only way they can stay in business.