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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

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Stand up for rural America while you still can
Grist - 6/17/2009.
By Dave Murphy – The assault on rural America continues unabated. For the past six months dairy farmers across the country have suffered a historic drop in milk prices while operating costs remain high. Since December 2008, the price that farmers are paid for the milk they produce has plunged over 50 percent, the largest single drop since the Great Depression.
Strawberries popping nicely
Kennebec Journal - 6/17/2009.
The strawberry season in Maine should be a good one – big yield, big berries – as long as growers get a few consecutive days of sunshine and warm temperatures.
From college garden to dining hall – and beyond
Portland Press Herald - 6/17/2009.
By Melanie Creamer – Saint Joseph's College and its food vendor, Bon Appetit, have teamed up to plant a garden that will grow food for the college dining hall and donate fresh vegetables to Catherine's Cupboard Food Pantry in Standish. The yearlong pilot project is designed to educate students on methods of organic gardening and sustainable agriculture and teach children about gardening. "This has been a dream of mine," said Michial Russell, the farm manager and a volunteer at the food pantry. "One of our goals is to get healthy food back into the hands of people who don't have access to it.
Rockland renaissance
Portland Press Herald - 6/17/2009.
By Meredith Goad – Kerry Altiero likes to say that when he opened Cafe Miranda in 1993, people in Rockland thought he was a little nuts. Now, he jokes, they think he's some kind of genius. Susanne Ward and Patrick Reilley opened up Rock City Books & Coffee – a cafe, used bookstore and coffee shop – at about the same time. Locals were skeptical that lattes and espressos would take hold here, and gave them six months. Within two years, the business had to move to a larger space.
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