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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
Corn lobby cashes in on tax compromise
Grist - 12/13/2010.
By Tom Philpott – The latest version of the compromise, which is expected to, pass this week, would deliver a one-year extension of a tax break for ethanol use that costs the public about $5 billion per year. The tax break is absurd. It adds to farmers' incentives to plant as much corn as possible and goose up yields by dumping on fertilizer.
A Big Win for Healthy Food in Our Schools
Alternet - 12/13/2010.
By Robert Gottlieb and Anupama Joshi – Thanks to the tireless efforts of thousands of people who are working hard to get America's schools to serve healthier food, including First Lady Michelle Obama, the $4.5 billion "Healthy, Hunger-free Kids Act 2010" prevailed in the lame-duck session of Congress. The new law marks a key step toward potentially transforming the food served in America's public schools.
Preserving food diversity
Zester Daily - 12/11/2010.
By Terra Brockman – After five days of sparkling skies over Turin, Italy, at the end of October, there was "a perturbation in the weather," as the Italians say. And so it was under a heavy gray sky spitting icy rain, that we arrived at the huge Saturday market in Asti, and there my eyes were captured by the sunny-colored peppers of Carmagnola.
World Health Organization calls BPA legislation and control ‘premature’
Treehugger - 12/11/2010.
By Lloyd Alter – TreeHugger was one of the earliest sites to raise concern about endocrine disrupting chemicals like Bisphenol A; we were loud in our support for the removal of polycarbonate bottles (an easy target as there are lots of alternatives) and for the elimination of BPA epoxies from tin cans.
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