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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
Buzz off, Monsanto
Pesticides Action Network - 6/17/2013.
By Paul Towers - Last week, the term “bee-washing” emerged in public conversation. It doesn’t refer to some new bee cleaning service, but to the insidious efforts of Monsanto and other pesticide corporations to discredit science about the impacts of pesticides on bees - especially neonicotinoids - by creating public relations tours, new research centers and new marketing strategies.
Washington State U starts sperm bank for honeybees
San Francisco Chronicle - 6/16/2013.
By Nicholas K. Geranios - There's a lot of buzz atWashington State University over work to develop the first sperm bank for honeybees.
GMO and Monsanto Roundup: Glyphosate Weedkiller in our Food and Water?
Global Research - 6/16/2013.
By Colin Todhunter - "Historians may look back and write about how willing we are to sacrifice our children and jeopardize future generations with a massive experiment that is based on false promises and flawed science just to benefit the bottom line of a commercial enterprise." So said emeritus professor in plant pathology Don Huber in referring to the use of glyphosate and genetically modified crops.
Strawberry harvest looks promising as growers prepare for pick-your-own crowds
Kennebec Journal - 6/16/2013.
By Paul Keonig - With pick-your-own strawberry season starting soon, farmers in the area say this year's harvest looks promising. Ben Marcus of Uncas Farms and Sheepscot General Store in Whitefield, said the store already has had a lot of calls about strawberries. Marcus thinks part of the demand for the business's certified organic strawberries can be attributed to the strawberry being listed on the Environmental Working Group's annual "Dirty Dozen" list of food with the most pesticide residue.
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