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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 2013, 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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Genomic Atlas of Gene Switches in Plants Provides Roadmap for Crop Research
Science Daily - 6/30/2013.
What allows certain plants to survive freezing and thrive in the Canadian climate, while others are sensitive to the slightest drop in temperature? Those that flourish activate specific genes at just the right time - but the way gene activation is controlled remains poorly understood.
GMOs in Italian Artisan Foods: Traditions Impacted by Biotech?
Epoch Times - 6/30/2013.
By Tara MacIsaac - Parmesan cheese and other beloved Italian food exports give the issue of genetically modified organisms (GMO) in Italy international breadth. Though GM crops are banned from Italian fields, much of the country’s livestock is fed with GM soy imported from Brazil and Argentina.
Maine Gardener: It's not too late to plant some vegetables
Portland Press Herald - 6/30/2013.
By Tom Atwell - It is time to plant some vegetables. While I have written many times that you should plant your cold-weather crops on Patriots Day weekend (peas, greens, carrots and beets, among others) and your warm-weather crops on Memorial Day weekend (tomatoes, peppers, squash, cucumbers, beans and more), that does not mean your job is done.
Nitrate spike tests Des Moines water supplies
The Des Moines Register - 6/30/2013.
The record surge in nitrates in Des Moines’ water supply is a surprisingly long-lasting health threat that already has cost $500,000 in higher treatment costs and likely will lead to increased rates next year, according to Des Moines Water Works.
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