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MOFGA to remember Russell Libby on January 6, 2013

This just in from MOFGA:

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) will host a celebratory gathering in memory of its long-serving Executive Director Russell Libby.
 
The gathering will take place on Sunday, January 6th, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Exhibition Hall of MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center in Unity. Pot-luck refreshments will be served at 3:00.

View entire message online, HERE.  It also included these links to obituaries for Russell:

Russell’s Obituary In The Kennebec Journal
New York Times Obituary
Russell’s Keynote Address At MOFGA’s Farmer To Farmer Conference In November
Below,  is MOFGA’s announcement of Russell’s passing (view online, HERE):
Maine Organic Farmers And Gardeners Association
 
MOFGA Mourns The Death Of
 

Russell Libby

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 ensure that MOFGA’s 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 currently 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 an d 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.
Portrait of Russell Libby by Robert Shetterly, from his Americans Who Tell The Truth collection.
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