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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
Will the Food Safety Modernization Act harm small farms or producers?
Grist - 11/15/2010.
Word has it that debate and voting of the Food Safety Modernization Act will begin this Wednesday in the Senate. If passed, S. 510 will greatly expand the FDA's authority over both processed foods and fresh fruits and vegetables. Will it thus make all of us eaters less likely to get sick? Last week, our esteemed panelists agreed that it will, with some caveats.
Exposure to BPA means low number of sperm
Organic Consumers - 11/15/2010.
By Brie Cadman, HMO vs PPO – Two weeks ago, Canada added the much-maligned bisphenol-A (BPA) to its list of toxic substances, lending support to the accumulating evidence that it poses a health threat to humans. BPA has shown to be harmful in the laboratory animals, but the chemical industry claims that our exposure levels are too low to matter. But are they?
Alewives hold key to rebirth of fishing
The Times Record - 11/15/2010.
By Seth Koenig – Bath: Longtime fisherman and marine researcher Ted Ames believes he knows how to revitalize the state’s sagging groundfishing industry and generate millions of dollars for coastal economies. The secret, he said, is to remove obstructions to alewife reproduction in Maine rivers.
Hope students create business plans for new gardens
Village Soup - 11/14/2010.
By Linda Hall-Stone – Hope Elementary School students on Nov. 2 presented business plans for new raised bed gardens to several members of Seeds of Hope. Students from Erik Wade's seventh-grade math class designed a business plan, researched the effectiveness, contacted local hardware and lumber stores for supply costs. The school and its students have been reaping the harvest from a greenhouse and raised bed garden thanks to the eighth-grade class of 2008.
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