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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

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Nature - 1/16/2013.
By Daniel Cressey - Europe's food safety body has stoked the fires over the possible links between the use of neonicotinoid insecticides and the declines in bee populations in the United States, Europe and elsewhere with three reports published today. One leading manufacturer has attacked the reports, calling them "hurried and inadequate."
In Organic We Trust
The Village Voice - 1/16/2013.

By Robert Sietsem - Slated for theatrical release January 22, In Organic We Trust is the latest film to take stock of the the current state of the organic movement, which has been co-opted by big food manufacturers, and its original principles diluted by Federal Government regulation.

Rebel Towns
The Nation - 1/16/2013.
By Barry Yeoman - The 600 residents of Sugar Hill, New Hampshire, have done a laudable job of keeping the vulgarities of modern life at bay. There are no fast-food restaurants, no neon signs. Instead, the former iron-mining town has rambling country inns and a main road lined with Victorian and Arts and Crafts houses.
Maine Pediatricians Send Pointed Letter to Governor on Administration’s BPA Stance
Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine - 1/16/2013.
Augusta: With a critical Board of Environmental Protection meeting just one day away, the Governor and his administration continue to draw fire for their opposition to a citizen-initiated proposal to replace the chemical bisphenol-A, or BPA, in baby and toddler food packaging. Dr. Steve Feder, President of the Maine Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics sent a pointed letter to the Governor this morning, reminding the Governor of the known scientific evidence that supports the Board taking action to remove BPA in food packaging for young children.
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