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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
Organics growing both big and small; annual local conference begins Thursday
Guelph Mercury [Ontario] - 1/30/2010.
By Rob O’Flanagan – Organic agriculture is growing, and growing in two distinct directions – within the confines of the small family farm or community shared farm, and within the domain of big corporate farming. Values can differ greatly in these two worlds and those values are sure to meet, and likely clash at the 29th annual Guelph Organic Conference, which begins Thursday at the University of Guelph.
Diversity is key to planting vegetables
Bangor Daily News - 1/30/2010.
By Reeser Manley – Last week, reading about the importance of plant species diversity in ecosystems, it occurred to me that biodiversity is also an important consideration in planning the vegetable garden, that the wise gardener will avoid monoculture, or the planting of large expanses of a single crop, in favor of mixed plantings.
Season calls for shrimp, pesto rolls
Bangor Daily News - 1/30/2010.
By Sandy Oliver – This is the time of year when we see tiny Maine shrimp for sale by the side of the road up and down the coast and in the stores, too. This year the shrimp season has been extended to the end of May because there are enough of them to warrant it. I like this shrimp and finally concluded it is worth my while to buy it already peeled because I’ve just plain run out of patience with pulling the heads off the prickly little things.
EU farmers face genetic contamination of seeds
Common Dreams - 1/29/2010.
By Julio Godoy – Berlin: Biodiversity, already decaying fast as a result of climate change and intensive farming, is under further threat by genetic modification (GM) of seeds, says a leading German ecological activist. Genetic modification of seeds is dangerous, "since it is at the beginning of the agricultural chain, and can spread all over," says Benedikt Haerlin, former campaign manager at the environmental organization Greenpeace and former member of the European Parliament.
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