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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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Study says kids get 40% of calories from junk food
Treehugger - 10/17/2010.
By Sara Novak – It's no wonder that kids are blowing up like balloons more every year. According to Kids Health, the percentage of overweight children in the United States is growing at an alarming rate – one out of three kids are now considered overweight or obese. And even worse, a new study released by the National Cancer Institute and reported on Civil Eats found that nearly 40 percent of calories consumed by children ages 2 to 18 were empty calories, the unhealthiest kind of calories, derived from junk food.
UN says global farm methods ‘recipe for disaster’
Common Dreams - 10/16/2010.
Agence France Presse – Geneva: The United Nations top official on the right to food has called for wholesale changes in farming methods to safeguard the environment and ensure everyone has enough to eat. Olivier De Schutter, the UN special rapporteur on the right to food, said in a statement to mark World Food Day that there is currently "little to rejoice about," and "worse may still be ahead."
Should breast cancer awareness turn to prevention?
Treehugger - 10/16/2010.
By Jeff Kart – October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and you're likely to see pink ribbons along with fall colors, as groups raise money for breast cancer research and emphasize the importance of early detection. It's a good cause. Does it go far enough? The Breast Cancer Fund, a San Francisco nonprofit, says no. It wants to see October renamed as Breast Cancer Prevention Month, and is stressing the links between cancer and the environment.
A celebration of the English apple
The Independent - 10/15/2010.
By Michael McCarthy – Why might one feel passionate about English apples, but not about English green beans? For if you examine the proposition, is it not the case that Cox's Orange Pippins excite enthusiasm in many people when even the juiciest and most flavoursome English runner bean is unlikely to do so, although they are both in essence the same thing, namely seed pods?
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