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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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Editorial – When Maine lawmakers several years ago considered banning some chemicals deemed harmful to health that were used in products sold here, one of the first arguments made in opposition was that such action would result in a patchwork quilt of regulations among the 50 states.
Growing your way out
Kennebec Journal - 11/13/2011.
By Craig Crosby – In their quest to reduce their food bills, many Mainers look no farther than their own backyards. With a little sweat equity, planting a vegetable garden can provide a healthful alternative to purchasing food at the grocery store.
How to feed the world: start small
Breakthroughs Magazine - 11/13/2011.
By Eileen Ecklund – Claire Kremen believes that understanding what is good for bees is a first step toward shaping agricultural ecosystems, or "agroecosystems," that can sustain both humans and natural biodiversity, without the need for the huge inputs of chemicals and energy that have made industrial farming practices so damaging.
Grocers, food banks struggling to help feed hungry families
Kennebec Journal - 11/12/2011.
By Craig Crosby – South China: Pete Haskell sits behind his desk in his dimly lit office in the basement of his grocery store. Upstairs, shoppers load their baskets with cans and boxes, many marked with a blaze orange sticker announcing DISCOUNT. Haskell, a multi-generational farmer who also owns a trucking and fuel company, has watched the nation's economic woes from different angles, and seen the fear up close on the faces of his customers.
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