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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

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Some worms’ waste is area businessman’s gold
Kennebec Journal - 4/15/2012.
By Mechele Cooper – Belgrade Lakes: Jonathan Dyer enjoys introducing visitors to the slithering creatures in his basement. The lower half of his Main Street home is brightly lit with an array of bins, wooden boxes and tubs filled with, well, poop. It's not just any poop – it's from the red wiggler. Dyer, the owner of Black Gold Vermiculture & Research, said a pound of wigglers – about 1,000 worms – can digest a half-pound of organic table scraps a day.
Garden season starts with ideas, ambition … and caution
Maine Sunday Telegram - 4/15/2012.
By Tom Atwell – This is the weekend that gardening season traditionally begins in Maine. If you plant your peas by Patriots Day, the saying goes, you will have them for the Fourth of July. Because I am old, a traditionalist and still expecting at least one deep freeze if not a full snowstorm, I am writing my garden-season-kickoff column for today, the traditional weekend. In the real world, however, I started outdoor gardening before the Ides of March.
FDA issues new ‘sweeping rule’ to reduce use of antibiotics in livestock
Treehugger - 4/14/2012.

By Sara Novak – The FDA has until recently been unforgivably slow to act on limiting and banning the use of antibiotics in livestock but a new order could change all that. The FDA just enacted a new rule saying that farmers and ranchers will need a prescription from a veterinarian before using antibiotics on farm animals.

Small dairies create market for entrepeneurs
Bangor Daily News - 4/11/2012.
By Lisa Rathke (AP) – When Frank Kipe of Plainfield, Vermont, thought he would launch a business making ice cream, he found that he would have to pasteurize his milk. The necessary equipment was bulky and cost tens of thousands of dollars, so he built his own pasteurizer. Then he built more to sell. His pasteurizer business boomed, and the ice cream was forgotten.
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