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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
Organic farming is rarely enough
Nature News - 4/25/2012.
By Natasha Gilbert – An analysis of the existing science, published in Nature, suggests that organic farming could supply needs in some circumstances, but that yields are lower than in conventional farming. Cereals and vegetables need lots of nitrogen to grow, suggesting that yield differences are attributable to nitrogen deficiencies in organic systems, says the report's author.
Discovery of mad cow in US was stroke of luck
Kennebec Journal - 4/25/2012.
Hanford, Calif. – A non-descript building in the heart of California's dairy country has become the focus of intense scrutiny now that mad cow disease has been discovered in a dead dairy cow. This is the first new case of the disease in the U.S. since 2006 – and the fact that the discovery was made at all was a stroke of luck. Tests are performed on only a small portion of dead animals brought to the transfer facility near Hanford.
Organic seed outfits see warming trend
Portland Press Herald - 4/25/2012.
By Avery Yale – When it comes to the economy, prognosticators would do well to forgo tea leaves and instead look to vegetable seeds. Not only are they a sign of spring, their sales can reflect larger financial trends. Maine is home to five certified organic seed companies, and some are seeing signs of economic recovery in this season's sales. "I think people were more comfortable economically this year," said Gene Frey, who works at Fedco Seeds in Clinton. He came to this conclusion after watching sales of trees and perennials shoot up this year.
Small farmers at Ellsworth forum say rules for big farms don’t work for them
Bangor Daily News - 4/24/2012.
By Kevin Miller – Ellsworth: Maine’s agriculture industry continues to grow and diversify even as farmers grapple with one-size-fits-all regulations, competition from “agribusinesses” elsewhere and the challenges of marketing for small-scale producers.
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