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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

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
The Good Life – The movement that changed Maine
Bangor Daily News - 4/24/2014.
A wonderful multimedia presentation, including lots of MOFGA people.
Salmonella cases decline, but other foodborne illnesses up
Reuters - 4/24/2014.
By Kathryn Doyle - There was little progress in reducing food poisoning rates in the U.S. last year, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Group asks U.S. to examine pesticide-coated apples banned by Europe
Reuters - 4/24/2014.
By Carey Gillam - U.S.-grown apples are widely coated with a pesticide [diphenylamine] that has been newly banned in the European Union amid health concerns, and the United States is at least a year behind in a required scientific assessment of the pesticide, an environmental group said on Thursday.
Our View: Food hubs would link Maine’s small farms to new markets
Portland Press Herald - 4/24/2014.
Editorial - An organization in rural Mississippi takes fresh fruit and vegetables from 25 farms and distributes it to 152 school districts, making healthy, local food part of more than 60 million school meals last year. Another, based in Chicago, creates 10,000 meals every weekday for 90 schools, using locally grown, organic produce. Those are just two examples of how the business of small agriculture is being transformed throughout the United States by food hubs.
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