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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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Bloomberg - 12/20/2012.
By Stephanie Armour – Most livestock moved across state lines will have to be identified and tracked under a U.S. Department of Agriculture rule that aims to rapidly trace diseased animals to their origin.
Our View: USDA acting too slowly to fix food safety rules
Portland Press Herald - 12/20/2012.
A year ago, 20 people were sickened with salmonella that was traced back to ground beef bought at Hannaford supermarkets. The trail stopped there. Because of the practices and poor record keeping at the store, no one was able to find out the source of the contamination or take steps to prevent a much bigger outbreak.
13 Resolutions to Change the Food System in 2013
Common Dreams - 12/20/2012.
By Danielle Nierenberg – As we start 2013, many people will be thinking about plans and promises to improve their diets and health. We think a broader collection of farmers, policy-makers, and eaters need new, bigger resolutions for fixing the food system – real changes with long-term impacts in fields, boardrooms, and on plates all over the world.
Fight for GMO Labeling Goes On in New Mexico
Common Dreams - 12/20/2012.
By Jacob Chamberlain – The fight for mandatory labeling of GMOs in California may have suffered a difficult blowthis November, but the fight goes on across the country, particularly this week in New Mexico.
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