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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
Mercury emissions threaten ocean, lake food webs
Environmental Health News - 1/18/2013.
By Brian Bienkowski - As United Nations delegates end their mercury treaty talks today, scientists warn that ongoing emissions are more of a threat to food webs than the mercury already in the environment. At the same time, climate change is likely to alter food webs and patterns of mercury transport in places such as the Arctic, which will further complicate efforts to keep the contaminant out of people and their food.
MOOMilk signs on to provide milk to Unity College
Bangor Daily News - 1/18/2013.
Unity: Augusta-based Maine’s Own Organic Milk, or MOOMilk, an organic dairy company, has closed the deal on its first institutional account. MOOMilk will be available to students when Unity’s cafeteria opens for the spring semester on Jan. 22.
Garelick’s Bangor milk plant to go up for sale
Bangor Daily News - 1/18/2013.
By Whit Richardson - Dean Foods, the Texas-based owner of Garelick Farms, plans to put its soon-to-be-vacant milk processing plant in Bangor up for sale. Friday was the last day of milk production at the Bangor facility.
DACF Names New Deputy Commissioner and Director of Division of Animal and Plant Health
Maine Department of Agriculture - 1/18/2013.
Augusta - Commissioner Walt Whitcomb has announced that Aroostook County native Dave Lavway has been promoted to Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) and Ellis Additon has come on board as the new director of the Division of Animal and Plant Health.
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