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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
Commissioners dragging feet on agriculture-conservation merger, lawmakers say
Bangor Daily News - 8/21/2012.
By Nick McCrea – Orono: Frustration and worry surfaced among the 12 members of the legislative committee that has jurisdiction over the merger of two state agencies that will create a new Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.
Washington County berry harvest bountiful
Bangor Daily News - 8/21/2012.
By Tom Walsh – Cherryfield: Down East Maine is swimming in wild blueberries, as growers large and small report a plentiful crop as the annual harvest winds down. “It’s been a good year, and we’ll go into September,” said David Yeattes, farm manager for Cherryfield Foods, which harvests 4,600 acres of berries in Washington County.
USDA scientist: Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide damages soil
Mother Earth News - 8/19/2012.
By Tom Philpott – What Roundup is doing aboveground may be a stroll through the meadow compared to its effect below. According to USDA scientist Robert Kremer, who spoke at a conference last week, Roundup may also be damaging soil—a sobering thought, given that it's applied to hundreds of millions of acres of prime farmland in the United States and South America.
Maine vintner paving the way for truly local wineries
Portland Press Herald - 8/15/2012.
By Joe Appel – Steve Melchiskey has a dream. "I truly believe there's a future for 10 to 12 good wineries in southern and coastal Maine that use only grapes grown on their properties." Melchiskey's Maine Coast Vineyards (distributed in Maine by Mariner Beverages) is the first, and he's working hard to create a culture that nourishes more. But it's going to take time.
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