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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

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Maine foresters, farmers express support for merger plan
Maine Public Broadcasting - 6/22/2012.
By A.J. Higgins – Most farmers in Maine are also foresters. And while not all foresters are farmers, the two sides affected by the merger of the state Departments of Agriculture and Conservation were largely supportive of the plan during the first of several listening sessions at the University of Maine.
Farm Bill provisions could help Maine’s small family farms
Maine Public Broadcasting - 6/22/2012.
By Jay Field – The farm bill passed by the U.S. Senate on Thursday includes some provisions that could help small family farms in Maine. Growth of these smaller scale operations has pushed the overall number of farms in the state to more than 8,000. One key part of the nearly $500 billion bill would allow diversified growers, and not just soybean and other commodity farmers, to get insurance for their crops.
Land grabs: a global epidemic
New Economics Foundation - 6/21/2012.
By Fred Pearce – I have spent the past two years investigating the global epidemic of land grabs for a book. Saudi sheikhs, private equity whizz-kids, Indian entrepreneurs and Chinese billionaires all believe, with financier George Soros, that "farmland is going to be one of the best investments of our time."
Egg Farmers of America lobby scrambles to defeat henhouse legislation
Bangor Daily News - 6/21/2012.
By Dan Eggen – Washington: Last summer, the United Egg Producers and the Humane Society of the United States agreed on legislation that would set national standards for the treatment of laying hens. The development did not sit well with Amon Baer, an egg farmer and pork producer in Minnesota who says he decided to set up his own Washington lobbying group in response.
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