Pi­o­neer of P.E.I. agri­cul­ture re­mem­bered

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - OBITUARIES -

A pi­o­neer of eco­log­i­cal farm­ing in P.E.I. died sud­denly at his home in New Ar­gyle on Mon­day.

Steven MacKin­non, district di­rec­tor of the Na­tional Farm­ers Union, was 53 years old. He was known as a great stew­ard of the land who cham­pi­oned eco­log­i­cal farm­ing as a way to pro­mote en­vi­ron­men­tal care.

“Steven was not afraid to stand up for what he felt was right and he pos­sessed a dogged de­ter­mi­na­tion to see projects through to com­ple­tion,” said Edith Ling of the Na­tional Farm­ers Union, NFU.

MacKin­non be­came part of the NFU as a teenager and held the po­si­tion of NFU Lo­cal 104 pres­i­dent for many years and was district di­rec­tor for the past two years.

“This is a great loss for the Is­land’s agri­cul­ture in­dus­try and Mr. MacKin­non will be re­mem­bered fondly for his many con­tri­bu­tions,’’ said Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Alan McIsaac.

In a state­ment, the NFU said mem­bers in Prince Ed­ward Is­land and across Canada ex­tend heart­felt sym­pa­thy to his daugh­ter, Janell and all other fam­ily mem­bers.

“He was a very hum­ble, in­tel­li­gent per­son, an avid reader, and had a won­der­ful in­sight into any sit­u­a­tion. He truly was a vi­sion­ary,” said Ling. “He stood up for what he felt was right.”

MacKin­non’s fu­neral was held Thurs­day morn­ing in Char­lot­te­town.

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