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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
Two Warren farms to be preserved forever
Village Soup - 10/18/2011.
Warren – Two Warren farms were recently recognized as "Forever Farms" by Maine Farmland Trust. Hatchet Cove Farm and Oyster River Farm are two of many farms across the state being recognized as part of a new program launched this summer by Maine Farmland Trust.
Grant given to study bee preservation
Portland Press Herald - 10/17/2011.
Amherst, Mass. – Researchers in five eastern U.S. states are getting federal support to study the decline in native bee populations. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's $3.3 million grant is intended to help researchers find ways to maintain a diverse community of wild bees. They're needed to keep pollinating apples, low-bush blueberries, pumpkins and other important crops.
Law emphasizes farming’s use of integrated pest management
Kennebec Journal - 10/15/2011.
Op-Ed by Kathy Murray – Maine's producers have a long tradition of using practical, least-risk farming methods. When it comes to producing our food, organic and conventional farmers alike rely on a wide variety of techniques for stacking the deck in favor of a healthful, pest-free crop. In agricultural circles, this anti-pest approach is called integrated pest management, or IPM for short.
Conference at Colby links chemicals to obesity
Bangor Daily News - 10/15/2011.
By Alex Barber – Waterville: Lack of exercise and overeating aren’t the only factors contributing to an alarming rate of obesity in the country, said a group of doctors at a Colby College conference Friday. “Chemicals, Obesity and Diabetes: How Science Leads Us to Action,” was the subject of a daylong forum in the Diamond Building.
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