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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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Bangor Daily News - 5/21/2011.
By David Dishneau – Emmitsburg, Md.: An insect with a voracious appetite, no domestic natural predators and a taste for everything from apples to lima beans has caused millions of dollars in crop damage and may just be getting started. The brown marmorated stink bug, a three-quarter-inch invader native to Asia, is believed to have been brought first to the Allentown, Pa., area in 1998.
Diverse scope in agricultural gathering
Kennebec Journal - 5/20/2011.
By Michael Shepherd – Windsor: A local businesswoman says the Northeast Livestock Expo will provide her company a chance to pitch its wares to the public. The event, hitting the Windsor Fairgrounds today and running through Sunday afternoon, is in its fourth year bringing local farmers, businesspeople and associations together for firsthand opportunities to interact with the general public.
House Oks bill to scale back Maine pesticide rule
Bangor Daily News - 5/20/2011.
Augusta – The Maine House has voted to repeal the state’s pesticide registry, an online system in which residents can request advance notification of the application of pesticides. By an 81-68 vote Thursday afternoon, representatives passed an amended version of the bill. It now faces further House and Senate votes.
Fracking with our food: how gas drilling affects farming
Grist - 5/20/2011.
By Barry Estabrook – There's a stunning moment in the Academy Award-nominated documentary Gasland, where a man touches a match to his running faucet – to have it explode in a ball of fire. This is what hydraulic fracturing, a process of drilling for natural gas known as "fracking," is doing to many drinking water supplies across the country. But the other side of fracking – what it might do to the food eaten by people living hundreds of miles from the nearest gas well – has received little attention.
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