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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
A suit airs debate on organic vs. modified crops
The New York Times - 2/8/2012.
By Julia Moskin – Silent in flannel shirts and ponytails, farmers from Saskatchewan and South Dakota, Mississippi and Massachusetts lined the walls of a packed federal courtroom in Manhattan last week, as their lawyers told a judge that they were no longer able to keep genetically modified crops from their fields.
Maine peaches have delicious past
Portland Press Herald - 2/7/2012.
Letter by C. Waite Maclin – Thanks so much for the fine article by Dennis Hoey, "Do I dare to plant a peach?" in the Jan. 29 Maine Sunday Telegram. As a weekend orchardist and gardener, I have certainly experienced changes in the climate since 1978, when I moved to Maine from Virginia. Last frosts in the spring come much earlier and first frosts in the fall much later, I remember often calling neighbors for a "tomato alert" in early October. Now killing frosts can come the middle or end of October.
Portland raw milk sales will need no warnings
Portland Press Herald - 2/7/2012.
By Dennis Hoey – Portland: Dairy farmers will be permitted to sell raw milk at the city's farmers markets without having to warn customers about its potential health risks. After a long discussion, the City Council voted Monday night not to amend the city's Farmers Market Ordinance to require vendors to display a placard and provide handouts to consumers detailing the risks of unpasteurized milk.
How to tap birch sap and why you’d want to
Treehugger - 2/6/2012.
By Sami Grover – This video from Undercurrents showing how to sustainably tap birch sap is so cool. It reveals a simple, safe and time-tested tradition for obtaining a nutritious "energy drink" from a common tree.
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