Long-Time Head Of Maine Organic Farmers Association Dies At 56, Serene In The Knowledge He Would Have Died At 55 If He Used Pesticides

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russell libbyRussell Libby, who for more than 17 years was executive director of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, died Sunday. He was 56. Libby, of Mount Vernon, resigned from the MOFGA post Nov. 2 and became the organization’s senior policy advisor. He had been battling cancer for quite some time, according to Barbara Damrosch, president of MOFGA’s Board of Directors. “He was an incredible man,” Damrosch said Sunday from her home in Harborside. “I’ve known very few people as exemplary in leadership as Russell. He was a very strong leader, very wise. He had a lot of acumen about what do to at any given moment.” MOFGA hosts the annual Common Ground Country Fair, which draws about 60,000 visitors to Unity each fall. (read more at Kennebec Journal)