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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
Book about barns offers a glimpse into Aroostook County and Maine’s history
Bangor Daily News - 12/21/2012.
By Lisa Wilcox, Aroostook Republican & News – Barns are so common, not only in Aroostook County, but in the entire state of Maine, that most residents take their existence for granted. But for one man who lives in the Sebago Lake area, they are fascinating pieces of the state’s history.
Consumers Union Says FDA Assessment of GE Salmon Is Flawed and Inadequate
Consumers Union - 12/21/2012.
Consumers Union, the advocacy and policy arm of Consumer Reports, criticized the Environmental Assessment of the Aquabounty genetically engineered salmon released today by the Food and Drug Administration, as flawed and inadequate. “We are deeply concerned that the potential of these fish to cause allergic reactions has not been adequately researched. Further, there have been no safety testing of fish grown in Panama, where Aquabounty intends to raise the salmon.”
The Gift of the Maya
Resilience - 12/21/2012.
By Albert Bates - A revised story of Mesoamerica is emerging through the work of biologists, botanists, and ethno-agronomists exploring and attempting to replicate the ancient systems that produced traditional foods. One example can be seen near modern-day Mexico City, which combined urban waste-disposal, canal dredging, and plant and animal production from both aquatic and terrestrial horticultural complexes.
New laws in Md. and Va. take effect Jan. 1
The Washington Post - 12/21/2012.
By John Wagner and and Errin Haines - Maryland has become the first state to ban the use of additives containing arsenic in chicken feed, a practice already prohibited by Canada and the European Union.
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