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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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Common Dreams - 7/25/2010.
By Les Blumenthal (McClatchy Newspapers) – Washington: The nation's farmers could face severe restrictions on the use of pesticides as environmentalists, spurred by a favorable ruling from a judge in Washington state, want the courts to force federal regulators to protect endangered species from the ill effects of agricultural chemicals.
Wisconsin school cuts crime by changing the menu
Treehugger - 7/25/2010.
By Sara Novak – In a move that may seem slightly controversial, one school principal in Appleton, Wis., changed the school menu to cut crime at the school. According to a recent story on WELL Said, LuAnn Coenen, the principal at a high school, reduced fighting, weapons-carrying, and general lack of focus and discipline in the school by changing the menu. Vending machines were the first to go, replaced by water coolers, and processed burgers and fries became fruits and vegetables.
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Portland Press Herald - 7/24/2010.
By Beth Quimby – Eastport could soon become known as the cow port of New England. Shipping officials, with support from Maine's congressional delegation, are pushing for a permanent permit from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to make Eastport the only port north of Delaware that's authorized to handle overseas shipments of livestock.
Maine’s ‘superfruit’-blueberries’making strides in frozen food market
Bangor Daily News - 7/24/2010.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – Jonesport: A new marketing campaign launched a year ago is reaping rewards, Sue Till of the Swardlick Marketing Group told more than 100 wild blueberry producers gathered this week at Blueberry Hill in Jonesboro, the University of Maine’s blueberry experimental farm. Rather than attempt to capture the fresh market, Maine’s wild blueberry producers are promoting frozen berries.
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