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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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By John Upton – Not so long ago, it was difficult to venture outdoors anywhere on the East Coast without encountering the rusty-patched bumblebee. But researchers have known for more than a decade that many of North America’s once-plentiful bumblebee species have all but disappeared.
Support for food ordinance on the upswing in Maine
Portland Press Herald - 6/20/2012.
By Avery Yale Kamila – Eight Maine towns have now adopted an ordinance that would exempt small farms from state and federal licensing and inspection requirements when farmers sell food directly to neighbors and other individuals. Maine Department of Agriculture Commissioner Walt Whitcomb notes that state and federal law supersedes local ordinances.
Brooks man rebuilds apple ladder business after fire with community’s help
Bangor Daily News - 6/20/2012.
By Abigail Curtis – Brooks: The floor of Peter Baldwin’s old chicken barn was covered in golden curls of wood shavings Sunday afternoon, with the bright smell of fresh sawdust rising in the air. It was a cheerful contrast to the scene at the same property just over a month ago, when his 23-year-old Baldwin Apple Ladders manufacturing business burned to the ground in a devastating fire that left him reeling and uncertain how to rebuild.
New draft horse team arrives as Darthia Farm rebuilds from devastating fire
Bangor Daily News - 6/20/2012.
By Tom Walsh – Gouldsboro: In this neck of the Schoodic Peninsula the main equestrian fascination was Archie and Andy, two hefty Haflinger draft horses that arrived on Friday from Kentucky to take up permanent residence at Darthia Farm on West Bay Road in Gouldsboro.
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