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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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Maine’s shrimp could serve as climate change barometer
Portland Press Herald - 5/9/2009.
By John Richardson – It's hard to imagine a creature more in tune to the environment than the Maine shrimp. Timing is everything for an animal that lives five years and spawns just two or three times. It also helps that shrimp have one of nature's strangest and most efficient life cycles: All shrimp are male for the first half of their lives, and female for the second.
EPA issues warning for flea treatment
Bangor Daily News - 5/9/2009.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – As flea season approaches and tick infestations move north, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is warning dog and cat owners about potential health risks to their animals from a variety of spot-on flea and tick medications.
Blueberry study finds cardiovascular benefit
Bangor Daily News - 5/9/2009.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – New research at the University of Maine is showing that wild blueberries may have a cardioprotective effect by helping to regulate blood pressure and combat heart disease, specifically atherosclerosis. Maine is the world’s largest producer of wild blueberries. David Bell, executive director of the Maine Wild Blueberry Commission, said Friday that Dr. Dorothy Klimis-Zacas, professor of clinical nutrition and lead researcher from the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, conducted studies over the past decade.
Natural reconfiguration
Bangor Daily News - 5/9/2009.
Editorial – Natural resources, we are often told, are one of Maine’s most important assets. If this is true, it is past time for the state to update the way it manages and promotes these resources.
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