This is a sad article to write, but it will benefit a very worthy family in South Jersey, so I hope you will consider helping.

A South Jersey farm that has been a popular spot for getting fresh-cut Christmas trees for over 40 years is in its final year in business, as the farmer's health has deteriorated. After many years running the family's tree farm, he is no longer physically able to do the work.

Hammonton Christmas Tree Farmer is Ill

Richard Lanza,52, the owner of Lanza's Tree Farm in Mullica Township, has Huntington's Disease, and his family has decided they will sell the farm to raise money to help with his care. Richard is a third-generation tree farmer whose father died from Huntington's Disease.

What is Huntington's Disease?

According to the Mayo Clinic, "Huntington's disease is a rare, inherited disease that causes the progressive breakdown (degeneration) of nerve cells in the brain. Huntington's disease has a wide impact on a person's functional abilities."

 Lanza's Tree Farm Will Be Sold?

Unfortunately, the family has decided to sell the farm to help with Richard's care. After the holidays. the 11.5-acre Christmas tree and blueberry farm will go up for sale.

How Can I Help?

Buy your tree this season from Lanza's Tree Farm at 1100 Elwood Road in Hammonton. The farm is selling trees on a self-serve basis only again this year. Bring your own saw or use the farm's saw and load the tree yourself.


How Much Are the Trees?

Trees are $20. Any extra money donated will go to help with research into Huntington's Disease.

Here is a Facebook post concerning the farm and this year's tree sale from Richard's daughter, Rachel.

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