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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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Kennebec Journal - 12/12/2012.
Mount Vernon – Russell Wayne Libby died on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012. He was born Aug. 16, 1956, in Lincoln, the eldest son of Ronald and Sandra (McCormick) Libby. Russell spent most of his childhood in Sorrento, where he spent much of his time in the woods surrounding his home, bird watching and teaching himself about the woodlands of Maine.
A Free, Pick-Your-Own Orchard Takes Root in Los Angeles
Take Part - 12/12/2012.
By Willy Blackmore - Before Seattle developed plans for its one-of-a-kind food forest, before Guerilla Grafters took their pruning knives to the flowering trees on the sidewalks of San Francisco, there was Fallen Fruit.
Hyper-Locavoring - the joys, frustrations and blessings of living very very local
Transition US - 12/11/2012.
Blessing the Hands that Feed Us recounts Vicki Robin’s experiment in hyper-local eating and what it taught her about herself, her neighbors, her place on earth, her passions, her politics and the prospects for a prosperous future for all our lives.
Pesticides: Now More Than Ever
The New York Times - 12/11/2012.
By Mark Bittman – How quickly we forget. After the publication of “Silent Spring,” 50 years ago, we (scientists, environmental and health advocates, birdwatchers, citizens) managed to curb the use of pesticides and our exposure to them – only to see their application grow and grow to the point where American agriculture uses more of them than ever before.
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