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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

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Farm Bill amendment would allow state labeling of genetically engineered foods
Treehugger - 6/20/2012.
By Mat McDermott – Vermont senator Bernie Sanders has proposed an amendment to the Federal Farm Bill which would allow states to label genetically modified ingredients in food, without worrying about companies such as Monsanto threatening legal action for doing so.
Debunking the health claims of genetically modified foods
The Atlantic - 6/19/2012.
By Marion Nestle – In GMO Myths and Truths, the authors take a science-based, heavily referenced approach to dealing with claims for the benefits of GM foods. They argue that a large body of scientific evidence demonstrates that most claims for benefits of GM foods are not true.
The local foods movement and how it affects the economy
Sustain Southern Maine - 6/18/2012.
The Local Foods movement in Maine and New England has the potential to have a major effect on future regional employment, land use, housing, even population, because experts project that by 2050, Maine could be responsible for producing as much as 80% of New England’s locally harvested food.
Foxes, not deer, may hold key to rise in Lyme disease, study says
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - 6/18/2012.
By Amanda Alvarez – Increases in the deer population have been blamed for the explosion of Lyme disease cases in recent years, but changes in the numbers of foxes and coyotes - and what they eat – may actually be responsible, according to a study published Monday.
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