Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Tragic End to Hale Farms

As some of you may have heard, Ron died in a farming accident on Tuesday, June 17.

Ron was alone in his field trying to jump-start an old tractor with a dead battery, when it suddenly lurched forward, knocking him down and rolling over his chest. He died instantly.

For information about the funeral, which will be held Friday, June 20, visit Taylor Funeral Home.

He will be dearly missed.


Anonymous said...

My deepest sympathy to Ron's family. My husband and I met Ron and his wife at the Fair Shares open house and were looking forward to crops from his farm. He had such passion for his work and his crops. His wife told us how people in Farmington raved about his tomatoes and we were looking forward to them. We are sorry that we won't be able to visit with Ron and learn more from him as well as have his tasty produce.

Chris said...

I never met CDR Ron Hale. I only know of him through fairshares after reading a newsletter article about purple martins. That one short article made an impact on me. I shared the story with people I knew. And the story was enjoyed by everyone I shared it with. Then I received spinach from your farm. All one had to do was feel the spinach to appreciate the hard work gone into creating something so wonderful. Looking at the spinach was shocking. I had never seen leaves so large and green. Tasting the spinach was like tasting a new nutrient packed vegetable for the first time. I have never scene, touched, or tasted spinach quite like that. I, like most of America, buy my spinach in plastic, bags or boxes. The end product looks nothing alike. It was amazing and our first introduction into a natural local grown vegetable. You will never know how large of an impact Ron made on this earth. People that he never met have been transformed by his food. I could only hope to have a fraction of that kind of impact on anybody. May you find peace in knowing that people appreciate his hard work and the knowledge he shared with others. Our deepest sympathies go out to you and your family.

KC No-Till said...

In just 6 days of my life earlier in 2008, Ron Hale made a tremendous impact on me as a novice grower. I met him when I "happened" to sit at his table at the Great Plains Vegetable Growers Conference in January and spent more quality time with him at the SARE Conference in March. A humble and gentle man, he imparted some gems of sustainable farming knowledge. His encouragement has meant much to me. I was stunned and deeply saddened to hear of his passing and my deepest sympathies go out to his family, as do my prayers for each one.