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An image from From Huey Coleman's film, "Maine Heritage Orchard," showing orchard director John Bunker. The film will be presented throughout Maine this winter and spring.

Prize-winning Maine filmmaker Huey Coleman's "Maine Heritage Orchard" film will be shown during the 2016 Maine Short Film Festival, sponsored by the Maine Film & Video Association.

Huey was at the first planting day of MOFGA's Maine Heritage Orchard in 2014, when volunteers planted 102 heirloom apple trees on a reclaimed sand and gravel pit in Unity, Maine. He continued documenting the project for the next year and a half.

Huey's video will be shown at these locations:

December 11, 2015, 5:30 p.m. – Strand Theater, Rockland
January 7, 7:30 p.m. – Space Gallery, Portland
January 14, 7 p.m. – Gracie Theatre, Bangor
January 28, time TBA – Frontier Café, Brunswick
March 10, time TBA – Reel Pizza, Bar Harbor
March 24, 7 p.m. – Stonington Opera House, Stonington
April 7, 7 p.m. – The Alamo, Bucksport
April 14, 7 p.m. – Denmark Arts Center, Denmark
April 21, 7 p.m. – Schoodic Arts for All, Winter Harbor
April 28, 7 p.m. – Railroad Square Cinema, Waterville

The video is also posted at www.youtube.com/user/MaineOrganicFarmers (click on the video titled, "Maine Heritage Orchard").

Read more about MOFGA's Maine Heritage Orchard

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Portland Press Herald - 11/29/2015.
By Meredith Goad - Kennebec Valley students cook with produce and meats raised on the college's certified organic farm, the first program of its kind in Maine.
Winter farmers markets expand across Maine
Bangor Daily News - 11/29/2015.
By Kathleen Pierce - Frost may be glittering in the grass, but that doesn’t mean you can’t eat fresh and healthy during the coldest months of the year. And you can support your local grower, too.
Tallest chestnut tree in North America found in Maine
Bangor Daily News - 11/28/2015.
By Nick McCrea - Lovell, Maine: The tallest chestnut tree in North America has been discovered in a small Maine town near the New Hampshire border, and the American Chestnut Foundation expects to make the measurement official Wednesday. At 115 feet in height, it’s believed to be a full 20 feet taller than its next closest known competitor.
Multi-toxin resistance enables pink bollworm survival on Bt cotton
GM Watch - 11/28/2015.
In an attempt to counter pest resistance to Bt crops, many growers have switched from GM crops that produce one Bt toxin to those producing two or more Bt toxins that kill the same pest. The idea behind such “pyramid” crops is that insects resistant to one toxin are killed by another. But in a laboratory study, researchers produced rapid resistance in pink bollworms to two-toxin Bt cotton.
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