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Woman killed by rampaging sheep on Bolton farm remembered as ‘treasured’ volunteer

Kim Taylor, 73, of Wellesley was killed Saturday morning when a sheep repeatedly rammed into her while she was volunteering at Cultivate Care Farms in Bolton.Courtesy of Candice and Samantha Denby

A Bolton farm said it was “heartbroken” and “devastated” after a 73-year-old woman volunteering at the site died Saturday after being repeatedly rammed by a sheep.

Cultivate Care Farms, in a statement, said Kim Taylor, of Wellesley, was a “treasured” volunteer who had worked there for the past 14 months.

“Kim was beloved by all who worked with her during the 14 months she volunteered at the farm. I, along with the Cultivate Care Farms Board and the entire team, wish to express our deepest condolences and our heartfelt love and support to Kim’s family and friends at this incredibly difficult time,” said the farm’s director, Megan Moran, in a statement.


Taylor was killed Saturday when around 8:30 a.m., while feeding livestock alone in a pen, a sheep charged at her and repeatedly rammed her, leaving her with “extensive serious injuries,” Bolton police said. First responders were sent to the farm, located at 401 Main St., just after 9 a.m.

Taylor went into cardiac arrest shortly after first responders arrived, and was pronounced dead at Marlborough Hospital.

No witnesses were present, according to the farm.

“During this very sad time, we would ask everyone to respect our family’s privacy while grieving this sudden tragedy. Cultivate continually gave our mother so much joy through her volunteering, and we take solace in that,” Taylor’s family said in the statement.

Taylor’s daughters, Candice and Samantha Denby, said Taylor was a recently retired nurse, who worked with patients in the Critical Care Unit at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Brighton.

“She was an avid knitter, cook, and Red Sox fan. She greeted others while walking her dogs and always found joy on these outdoor walks,” they said in a statement.

Taylor was a “huge animal lover,” they said, and “found joy” volunteering at the farm.


“This accident was tragic and we are so very sad,” they said.

In their statement, Candice and Samantha Denby praised Taylor as a “great mother, grandmother, and friend.”

The farm is “working closely” to investigate the incident.

“We are continuously updating preventative measures and training to ensure the safety of our staff and volunteers,” the statement said.

Cultivate Care Farms is “a living farm where individuals come to heal and grow in Bolton, Massachusetts,” according to its website.

“Our mission at Cultivate Care Farms is to empower clients and the community in realizing their mental health goals through Farm-Based Therapy, wellness programming, and community outreach.”

Charlie McKenna can be reached at charlie.mckenna@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @charliemckenna9.