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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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PEOPLE with raised levels of a particular pesticide in their blood may have an increased risk of Parkinson's disease, new American scientific research shows.
Night of revelry damages farmland
Kennebec Journal - 7/14/2009.
By Craig Crosby – CHINA – Spencer Aitel should have been cutting hay Monday. Instead, he was collecting beer bottles and examining acres of hay and alfalfa flattened by vandals to see what, if anything, could be salvaged to feed his cows. "Apparently, we had a keg party we weren't invited to. And it ended up being a mud run, too," said Aitel, who owns Two Loons Farm, an organic dairy farm, with his wife, Paige Tyson. "We have quite a bit of alfalfa on the ground that's flattened. They flattened several acres of field."
Universities win big grant for ‘green’ research
Portland Press Herald - 7/14/2009.
By John Richardson – The University of Maine and University of Southern Maine are launching a broad new education and research effort to create a greener society. The schools have received a $20 million, five-year federal grant to create the Sustainability Solution Initiative, which will be based at UMaine in Orono. The funding will pay for new faculty positions, research projects and a variety of academic courses focused on understanding environmental threats and how to make the transition to a more sustainable society.
On tiny plots, a new generation of farmers emerges
Common Dreams - 7/14/2009.
By Elizabeth Weise – Rochester, WA - Joseph Gabiou walks the fields of Wobbly Cart Farm with a practiced eye. He kicks dirt into place to keep the wind from blowing the protective covering off a row of organic broccoli. The seedlings are vulnerable to the flea beetles that came in the spring, just as longtime farmers in this valley told him they would. To a new farmer, that's crucial information. The farm, started five years ago, is young. But so is the 33-year-old Gabiou at a time when the average age of the American farmer is 57.
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