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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
Culture celebrated at Micmac farmers market
Bangor Daily News - 7/23/2011.
By Julia Bayly – Presque Isle: It was a day of cultural and natural celebration at the Micmac farmers market Saturday aimed at encouraging natives and non-natives alike to get back to their roots. The Aroostook Band of Micmacs invited the public to their farmers market on Route 1 near the Caribou and Presque Isle town line for all day basket-making demonstrations, seasonal cooking demonstrations, stories and guided tours of the band’s gardens.
Strong support shown for store selling food from local farms
Kennebec Journal - 7/22/2011.
By Denis Thoet – Going forward... (I love that phrase. It's so much more expressive than "going backward," or "going nowhere"). It looks like local food is "going forward" as the wave of the future in my local area. A new survey in the Gardiner area shows that 97 percent of respondents would support a local store that provided food from local farms and suppliers.
Consumers prefer organic food, survey says
Huffington Post - 7/22/2011.
A new Thomson Reuters poll [pdf] found that the majority (58%) of consumers prefer organic food to conventional food. This preference is particularly strong with those with a higher education, and those of a younger demographic. Sixty-three perfect of respondents under age 35 choose organics when possible.
Garlic plant diseases hit Maine farms
Sun Journal - 7/21/2011.
By Betty Jespersen – Farminton: Two destructive diseases that can decimate a garlic crop and are spread through infected seeds, or cloves, has reached Maine, according to agricultural experts with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. The stem-bloat nematode has been confirmed on one farm and allium white rot appeared last year and has now spread to three farms.
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