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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
Welcome to Maine, Sunshine State of the North
Kennebec Journal - 2/3/2012.
By Denis Thoet – y my count, Maine has more sunny and partly sunny days per year than any other New England state. In the four years since 2008, Maine (at least here at Long Meadow Farm) has averaged 205 sunny days, with a high of 241 in 2011 and a low of 184 in 2009. By contrast, Nashua, N.H., averages 201; Burlington, Vt., 159, and Springfield, Mass., 134.
Open-market sustainability
Solutions - 2/2/2012.
By Patrick Doherty – America has a pathway for leading a transition to global sustainability marked by widespread economic success and a reduction in strategic threats and friction. Pent-up demand and stranded capital can underwrite the economic engine of open-market sustainability, shifting from sprawl to smart growth, from industrial to regenerative agriculture, and from taxing income to taxing waste.
The hub: a promising experiment in food processing for small farms
The Atlantic - 2/2/2012.
By Barry Estabrook – Take pity on male baby goats. Their sisters look forward to long lives providing milk for cheese or fiber for yarn. But for most goatherds in this country, bucklings, as the little fellows are called, are inconvenient byproducts. With no infrastructure for the processing and distribution of their meat, many young bucks are simply euthanized and their carcasses discarded.
Protein: the lay of the lamb
Grist - 2/2/2012.
By Twilight Greenaway – When it comes to carbon emissions, lamb is said to be the worst possible thing to eat. They’re small, gassy animals that spend most of their lives on pasture. Wait, what’s that last part? Yes, some of the animals who seem to spend the least time in concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) – a good thing, as far as I’m concerned – also have the largest carbon hoofprints.
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