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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
Rooftop garden and Unity fair receive $5,000
Bangor Daily News - 7/22/2010.
By Meg Haskell – Bangor: The rooftop garden at the Hammond Street Senior Center and the Common Ground Country Fair in Unity have won regional recognition from the Changemakers community action organization. The two organizations were among hundreds of entrants from New England and New York.
Council to review herbicide spraying policy
Kennebec Journal - 7/21/2010.
By Keith Edwards – Augusta: A dispute has taken root about how to get rid of weeds in city parks, athletic fields, cemeteries, walking trails, streets and sidewalks. In September last year, a small group of residents told city officials they worried that the herbicide the city uses to help kill weeds could be harmful to people and pets. They asked the city to look into potential health effects.
Video: Food safety at farmers markets
Bangor Daily News - 7/21/2010.
The University of Maine Cooperative Extension offers ways to ensure food safety at farmers markets.
Multi-purpose farm helps teach, preserve land
Kennebec Journal - 7/19/2010.
Vassalboro: Jim and Susan Lowell declined an invitation to lunch at the Blaine House. Instead, they invited Gov. John Baldacci to visit them at their new project: Sunset Meadow Farm on Dunham Road, formerly Old Route 201. So Monday morning, the governor and first lady Karen Baldacci toured the central part of the 260-acre spread, admiring what's already there and talking about what's to come.
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