Friends and community rally to help save a family farm


A head-on collision Tuesday left a Hawthorne man dead, but the response from the
community to help his family keep its organic family farm has been growing. Ed Sherwood was driving on State Road 20 Tuesday  when he collided head on with
another truck, and was pronounced dead on the scene. Sherwood and his wife owned and operated an organic farm in Melrose called the Ochwilla Hills farm. After his death a friend of the family created an online fundraiser to keep the farm running. Within 36 hours their goal was raised, and contributions are still pouring in from the community. Produce Manager of Citizens Co-Op James Steele was a friend of Sherwood’s. He says he is not surprised at the response.

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Steele says Sherwood’s wife Karen has seen a big response from friends in the community, not only with the donations, but also with their time.

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