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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
Grain trust: annual conference secures future for bread in Maine
Bangor Daily News - 7/29/2009.
By Emily Burnham – The American culinary giant James Beard called bread the “most fundamentally satisfying of all foods.” This weekend in Skowhegan, there will be a lot of very satisfied eaters – and bakers, farmers and millers – at the third annual Kneading Conference, July 30-Aug. 1 at Tewksbury Hall.
Maine’s wild blueberry crop imperiled by leaf spot fungus
Bangor Daily News - 7/28/2009.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – Trescott, Maine: With fog swirling around her, Seanna Annis, a blueberry pathologist at the University of Maine, scanned the low bushes along a gravel road through the blueberry fields Sunday evening. She stopped, brought out a magnifying lens and pinched a leaf from a plant. “Yes,” she said, seconds after examining the spotted leaf. With that, the farmer knew his field was lost. Even though the plants are lush with fat blueberries just days from harvest, they must be burned.
Northeast Tomatoes Lost, and Potatoes May Follow
The New York Times - 7/28/2009.
By Julia Moskin – Ripe local tomatoes, keenly anticipated by growers and cooks, will be missing from many markets, farm stands and farm shares this summer. Although there are no official estimates yet on crop loss, a severe outbreak of late blight fungus in tomatoes, first noted in June, is sweeping through farms and gardens in the Northeast. John Mishanec, an educator with the integrated pest management program at Cornell University, compared the highly contagious and incurable disease to a “nuclear explosion” in the region’s tomato crop. “And unless the weather changes, it’s going to get worse,” he said.
Guess who’s controlling our food supply?
Common Dreams - 7/27/2009.
By Rob Smart – I have a difficult time accepting genetically modified (GM) foods at face value. My primary concerns have to do with what we know, and, more importantly don’t know about how this “promising” technology may or may not be impacting human health and our environment.
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