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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
Back to their roots
The Daily - 7/30/2012.
By Chavie Lieber – They see themselves as innovators, much like their 20-something contemporaries who have flocked to Silicon Valley to change the world. But this group is venturing to a different field — literally. Enthusiasm for agriculture is surging among a new generation of younger people who are choosing careers tending to the land.
Nothing small about it: microloans give new farmers a needed boost
Grist - 7/30/2012.
By Rachel Cernansky – Nelida Martinez started selling vegetables from her community garden to help pay for her son’s treatment for leukemia, and then got hooked up with Viva Farms, a farm incubator program in Washington state’s Skagit Valley that helped her access land she could farm as if it were her own.
Chronic drought will become new normal across parts of US
Treehugger - 7/30/2012.
Mat McDermott – Scientists writing in Nature Geoscience have made a rather grim forecast for the coming century: The chronic drought conditions that hit the western US from 2000-2004, the strongest in 800 years, will become normal conditions.
Study: Will better feed for cows yield healthier milk?
Maine Public Broadcasting - 7/30/2012.
Jennifer Mitchell – A new study, funded by the federal government, is looking at the connection between what cows eat and the quality of milk they produce. With rising concerns over heart disease and high cholesterol, some members of the dairy industry are looking to the $3 million USDA study to help farmers make a healthier form of milkfat.
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