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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
Ogunquit ‘best chef’ nominees hope seventh selection brings just desserts
Portland Press Herald - 3/24/2010.
By Meredith Goad – Clark Frasier and Mark Gaier, the chef/owners of Arrows Restaurant in Ogunquit, were nominated Monday for the "Best Chef: Northeast" award from the James Beard Foundation. It's the chefs' seventh nomination, but they have never won. They were the only Maine chefs to be nominated for the honor this year, although there were three other semifinalists from the state. The James Beard Awards are the most prestigious in the restaurant industry and are often compared to the Academy Awards.
Sugarshack owners who used vacuums faring better
Kennebec Journal - 3/24/2010.
By Mechele Cooper – Whitefield: Mark Fenderson tore down his sugar shack early this year.With help from some friends, he cleaned and packed up his sugarhouse on Hilton Road this past weekend after making syrup for only seven days. "It was a pretty short season," Fenderson said. That isn't the case for all sugarhouses around the state. Many will open their doors to the public Sunday for the annual Maine Maple Sunday promotion.
Organic farmers push for pesticide notification
Portland Press Herald - 3/24/2010.
By Beth Quimby – Maine farmers are divided over a legislative proposal to change a new system for notifying residents of pesticide spraying near their homes. The pesticide notification law, passed unanimously last year in the Senate and the House, created a statewide registry so residents who live within a quarter-mile of any farm or other spraying site can sign up to be notified before spraying is done.
Greenville chef creates quality ‘eclectic American fare’
Bangor Daily News - 3/24/2010.
By Emily Burnham – Abby Freethy, a Culinary Institute of America-trained chef and a Greenville Junction resident, was faced with a quandary regarding ketchup. While she was pregnant with her son, Dustin, she longed for the salty-sweet sauce – but she couldn’t abide the corn syrup and large amounts of sodium in most commercial brands.
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