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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 2014, 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
Public market idea growing again
Portland Press Herald - 5/28/2009.
By Beth Quimby – The concept of a public market where people can shop and meet appears to be alive and well in Portland, even though several such places have come and gone over the years. After months of planning, the owners of the Public Market House, at 28 Monument Square, are moving ahead with an expansion that will include new shops and public eating areas. Construction is scheduled to begin within days. The owners say their businesses have grown every year since they moved three years ago from the former Portland Public Market, despite the sour economic climate.
Deadly salmonella: frozen food’s newest ingredient
Alternet - 5/28/2009.
By Jim Hightower – Out in Arizona, an old tombstone bears an epitaph for a young gunslinger: "I was expecting this/But not so soon." Gunslinging, of course, is a high-risk business. But today, some of us can expect to have the following marker on our graves: "Here lies a guy/Killed by a pot pie." America's pot-pie threat lurks in an ingredient that today's producers of frozen foods don't list on their packages: salmonella.
Wendell Berry and Community Farm Alliance protest NAIS in Kentucky
Organic Consumers - 5/27/2009.
By Stephen Bartlett – It is not everyday you get the opportunity to garner good free press while speaking out forcefully in a broad alliance against the follies of a hijacked department of the government, in this case the U.S. Department of Agriculture! But Friday, May 22 was just such a day for the Community Farm Alliance (CFA) and their allies in Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana.
Fiddlehead fever: catch it while you can
Portland Press Herald - 5/27/2009.
By Brooke Dojny – Fiddlehead ferns are the first green vegetable of spring and thus are one of Maine's best loved seasonal harbingers. The fact that they are gathered by foragers somehow only adds to their mystique.
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