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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
Let chickens come home to roost
Portland Press Herald - 2/16/2009.
By Tom Bell - The growing popularity of poultry has caused local governments to change zoning ordinances to allow chickens in backyards. The ordinances typically ban roosters – which are not necessary for egg production – and contain requirements that hens be kept in a coop that has a fenced-in chicken run.
Could America be facing a large-scale food crisis?
Portland Press Herald - 2/16/2009.
By Leigh Donaldson – According to [Wes] Jackson, industrialized agricultural policies have helped to destroy productive farmlands for more than 50 years. He adds that we think food will always be there as long as we have the money to buy it. But, if we keep messing around with the land and the people who work it, the food supply will decline.
Farms without toads: the canary banished from the coal mine
Organic Consumers - 2/16/2009.
By Jack Bradigan Spula, Northeast Organic Farming Association – Farming is nothing if not a set of relationships with living things, and the usual list of intimacies include the farmer and her cow, the farmer and her chicken, and so on. But who ever thinks of the farmer and her toad?
Dangerous food
The New York Times - 2/16/2009.
Editorial – The more investigators look into the latest food-safety scandal involving the Peanut Corporation of America, the worse it gets.
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