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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
Sardine fishery collapse affects economy, ecology
Vancouver Sun - 10/15/2013.
By Larry Pynn - A $32-million commercial fishery has inexplicably and completely collapsed this year on the B.C. coast. The sardine seine fleet has gone home after failing to catch a single fish. And the commercial disappearance of the small schooling fish is having repercussions all the way up the food chain to threatened humpback whales.
Warnings as salmonella strains resist antibiotics
San Francisco Chronicle - 10/15/2013.
By Carolyn Lochhead - A virulent outbreak of salmonella poisoning traced to three Foster Farms chicken plants in the Central Valley has peculiar features that food safety experts said should alarm regulators and consumers alike – in particular, the number of people who are coming down with a form of the disease that is resistant to antibiotics.
Harvesting thousands of pounds of vegetables at Swanville’s Reentry Center garden
Penobscot Bay Pilot - 10/15/2013.
By Bill Shorey - Most of you are familiar with the Garden Project that the Maine Coastal Regional Reentry Center operates on Route 141 in Swanville. A brief history of the garden would be that it was developed four years ago on five acres of leased land and the clients of the Reentry Center would volunteer time each week to assist me (I also am a volunteer) in the operation of this project.
Garlic: Growing, Recipes, History
Portland Press Herald - 10/15/2013.
By Sharon Kitchens, The Root - Archaeologists have found proof of garlic in Egypt and Mesopotamia dating back to nearly 3000 B.C. It is believed workers and slaves who were building the Great Pyramid of Giza (also known as the Pyramid of Cheops) were fed garlic to aid their health and strength. In the 5th century B.C., Herodotus, an ancient Greek historian wrote about the use of garlic as a valuable medicine.
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