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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
USDA eyes opportunities in Maine
Bangor Daily News - 2/11/2012.
By Matt Wickenheiser – In the 1980s the farm economy collapsed in America, and farmers were faced with huge payments and no income. Dallas Tonsager was a dairy farmer in South Dakota and remembers how farmers set their minds on building industries that use the products they grew. “Lots of people will argue over ethanol, but it worked, local farmers invested in it,” Tonsager said. “It created jobs, economic activity, a market for their product – everybody benefited.” Today Tonsager is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s under secretary for rural development.
Forcing branches of flowering trees and shrubs
Bangor Daily News - 2/11/2012.
By Reeser Manley – By early March, gardeners are aching to be in the garden. Why not get a head start on pruning garden trees and shrubs and, at the same time, bring a touch of early spring into the house? Branches of many woody plants can be forced into early flower in late winter, providing a glimpse of the season ahead.
Is ‘prescription for disaster’ our ‘most optimistic’ climate future?
Common Dreams - 2/11/2012.
New climate information from French scientists indicate that global warming of 2 C is the "most optimistic" scenario. Yet this is the amount of warming James Hansen has referred to as a "prescription for disaster."
Lexicon of sustainability: salmon-safe
Grist - 2/10/2012.
By Douglas Gayeton and Laura Howard-Gayeton – Any discussion about the sustainability of salmon is no longer limited to analyzing the numbers of fish pulled from the sea. Each winter, salmon return to rivers and creeks in the Pacific Northwest to spawn, but if these waterways are impacted by surburban spawl or pollution from agricultural runoff, their numbers are dramatically reduced.
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