I want to recognize two more MOFGA stalwarts. Dick Parker of Camden died of cancer in early March. As an intensive urban food grower, an experimental organic orchardist, and an economist who worked on environmental issues, Dick was a quiet leader in getting things done. He served as treasurer of the MOFGA board in the early 1980s, helping the organization through a tight financial time, and was always present at the Fair keynotes with his wife Beedy, learning and then sharing through his newsletter, The Acorn.
And if you ever had the pleasure of learning about Maine’s mushrooms on a walk with Sam Ristich, you know the passion that he brought to years of teaching in every possible forum, from Maine Audubon to the Fair. Sam died in North Yarmouth in mid-February after more than a half century as one of the country’s leading mycologists. Luckily he passed his enthusiasm on to thousands of others through the years.
A memorial service for Dick Parker will be held at the Camden Congregational Church on the afternoon of Sunday, June 29th, followed by a potluck meal. For more information, including the time of the memorial, please contact Beedy Parker (236-8732).
– Russell Libby