Sad News in My In-Box This Morning

Subject:  MOFGA Mourns The Death Of Russell Libby

Date: December 10, 2012 6:04:36 AM EST
The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association announces, with great
sadness, the death of its beloved leader Russell Libby, following a long
struggle with cancer. He passed away peacefully among his family at his home
this morning in Mt. Vernon, Maine. He was 56.

Russell lent his extraordinary leadership skills to MOFGA for almost 30 years.
He served on the Board of Directors for a decade before becoming its long-
serving Executive Director in 1995. He held that position until November 2 of
this year, when he assumed the title of Senior Policy Advisor. In that role he
continued to guide the organization with his characteristic wisdom, compassion
and dedication, even as his health failed. Prudently, he took many steps to
make sure that MOFGAs course would remain steady in the time to come. A
search for a new Executive Director is set to begin on January 1, 2013.
MOFGA is now under the guidance of Heather Spalding, who has worked
closely with Russell at MOFGA since 1997.

We are saddened beyond words by Russell’s passing, but we are grateful for
the legacy he has given us, said MOFGA Board President Barbara Damrosch.
MOFGA has always been a vibrant organization that, through educational and
policy work, has advanced the cause of safe, healthful food in Maine and
championed the farmers and gardeners who grow it. Russell nurtured MOFGA
to the point where its membership now exceeds that of any other state organic
group. New farmers look to Maine for encouragement and inspiration.

A memorial service will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 15, at
the Mount Vernon Elementary School. At a later date, to be determined,
MOFGA will host a gathering in honor of Russell in the Exhibition Hall at the
Common Ground Education in Unity.

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