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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
Farmers, customers preview growing season at CSA fair in Bangor
Bangor Daily News - 2/28/2011.
By Meg Haskell – Bangor: Winter is far from over – March in Maine being one of the snowiest and most blustery of months – but inside the Unitarian Universalist Church on Park Street on Sunday afternoon, spring got off to an early start. About a dozen area farmers were on hand, looking to sign up partners for their community supported agriculture programs.
Inviting the groundfish industry back home
Maine Sunday Telegram - 2/27/2011.
Op-ed by Bill Gerencer – BOWDOIN - Maine's long-standing groundfish industry is at an all-time low. This once-vibrant industry, which used to land more than 50 million pounds of fish annually and bring millions of dollars and thousands of jobs to the state, is now a tiny vestige of itself. If you think this is due to overfishing, you'd be right. If you think that overfishing still exists and fish stocks are in terrible shape, you'd be wrong – tremendously wrong.
Gulf of Maine seafood gets seal of approval
Portland Press Herald - 2/26/2011.
By J. Hemmerdinger – Portland: The Gulf of Maine Research Institute has a message for consumers: It's OK to eat New England seafood. This week, the nonprofit marine research group announced that it has partnered with the fishing industry and retailers to promote sales of four species that are sustainably harvested from the Gulf of Maine.
Dairy industry leader Stanley Bennett II dies at 64
Portland Press Herald - 2/25/2011.
By John Richardson – Portland: Stanley T. Bennett II, longtime leader of Oakhurst Dairy, died Wednesday at the age of 64. Bennett, who was diagnosed last summer with pancreatic cancer, was remembered Thursday as a leader in Maine’s dairy industry and a generous supporter of nonprofit organizations, especially those that support children or a clean environment.
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