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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 2014, 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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Maine's 2011 wild blueberry harvest up slightly
Portland Press Herald - 3/27/2012.
Federal agricultural officials say Maine's 2011 wild blueberry harvest was 83.1 million pounds, up just slightly from the previous year.

Kickstarter is helping grist mill in Skowhegan finance a dream
Kennebec Journal - 3/27/2012.
Opinion Editorial by Amber Lambke - Kickstarter, an online platform where everyday people, can raise money for creative projects, is helping Maine Grains at the Somerset Grist Mill close a funding gap to get the grist mill up and running this spring. The mill will make fresh locally grown and milled flour available to customers of The Pickup, a Community Supported Agriculture business in Skowhegan and people across New England.

Food security focus fuels new worries over crop chemicals
Reuters - 3/27/2012.
Scientists, environmentalists and farm advocates are pressing the question about whether rewards of the trend toward using more and more crop chemicals are worth the risks, as the agricultural industry strives to ramp up production to feed the world's growing population.

Common toothpaste additive triclosan to be deemed toxic to environment
Edmonton Journal - 3/27/2012.
by Sarah Schmidt. The Canadian government is set to declare a bacteria killer found in many toothpastes, mouthwashes and anti-bacterial soaps as toxic to the environment, a move which could see the use of the chemical curtailed sharply.
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