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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
Annual Common Ground fair makes coffee grounds common
Kennebec Journal - 9/28/2009.
By Amy Calder – Unity: Fresh-roasted, steaming hot coffee on a rainy day was popular fare Sunday at the Common Ground Country Fair. For the first time ever in its 33 years of existence, the fair featured the sale of certified organic coffee. "It's definitely been worth my time," said Matt Bolinder, owner of Matt's Wood Roasted Organic Coffee, based in Waterville. Bolinder gave out more than 1,000 free samples of hot, organic coffee over a three-day period, while at the same time educating patrons about where coffee is grown, how it is processed and sold, and how he roasts it.
Activism flourishes at Common Ground Fair
Bangor Daily News - 9/28/2009.
By Christopher Cousins – Unity: The Common Ground Country Fair is full of people seeking common ground with others. Among all the farmers, crafters, food vendors, artists and musicians who spent the last three days entertaining, educating and peddling to a total of more than 51,000 visitors at a sprawling field in Unity were representatives from at least 64 political or social activism organizations.
Common Ground Fair has one of best years ever
WABI-TV - 9/27/2009.
By Rob Poindexter – According to Jim Ahearn, the fair director at the Common Ground Fair, this may be the most unique event in Maine. "The Common Ground Fair is a traditional Maine fair in many respects," he says, "it's an agricultural fair, we're here to celebrate the harvest of Maine." On Sunday they brought the curtain down on the this year's Common Ground Fair in Unity. This marks the 33rd year of this fall tradition here and the early numbers say it just may be the best. "This has been an amazing weekend," Ahearne says, "it's a little on the damp side today but yesterday was our biggest day ever, almost 26,000 people, and Friday was the second biggest Friday ever."
EEE worries fail to foil Fair’s first day
Bangor Daily News - 9/26/2009.
By Walter Griffin – Unity: Cool breezes, colorful foliage and sunny skies made for a perfect opening day at the Common Ground Country Fair. Friday was children’s day, and despite some concerns about the possible presence of Eastern equine encephalitis-carrying mosquitoes being in the air, the cool temperatures and stiff breezes had apparently blown any trace of the bugs away.
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