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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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Honeybees ‘entomb’ hives to protect against pesticides, say scientists
The Guardian [UK] - 4/5/2011.
By Fiona Harvey – Honeybees are taking emergency measures to protect their hives from pesticides, in an extraordinary example of the natural world adapting swiftly to our depredations, according to a prominent bee expert.
The American diet in one chart, with lots of fats and sugars
Grist - 4/5/2011.
By Tom Philpott – Over on Civil Eats, Andrea Jezovit has put together a terrific interactive chart on the U.S. diet. Using USDA data for "average daily calories available per capita, adjusted for spoilage and waste," it tracks our eating habits since 1970, separating our foodstuffs into basic categories: grains, dairy, vegetables, fruits, proteins ("meat, eggs, and nuts"), added sugars, and added fats.
Maple syrup has 54 beneficial compounds – and a whole lot of sugar
Treehugger - 4/4/2011.
By Lloyd Alter – We Canadians love our maple syrup and have been making it for a long time, but in the end, I would have said that, like the argument over real sugar vs high fructose corn syrup, it's all just another kind of sugar and no good for you. Then Discovery News tells us to Pour on the Syrup – it's good for you.
Farming in Whitcomb’s blood
Kennebec Journal - 4/3/2011.
By Rebekah Metzler – Augusta: Where Walt Whitcomb comes from, people know what it means when the cows are out. Although the area has lost some of its farming character over the years, there's still a neighborly spirit when it comes to spying stray livestock, he said.
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