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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

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Developer eyes Milo site for greenhouses
Bangor Daily News - 8/25/2009.
By Diana Bowley – If a developer has his way, fresh organic vegetables, flowers and shrubs sold wholesale in central and northern New England would be grown in Milo. Brian Grosse of the Boston area, who purchased the vacant Ox Yoke buildings in 2006, wants to use a small portion of the main mill building for an office and build greenhouses behind the building using the six 30-by-200-foot foundations left behind by the earlier American Thread Co. operation.
DNA clue to honey bee deaths
BBC News - 8/24/2009.
By Judith Burns – Scientists say that mass bee deaths may be caused by viruses that disrupt gene expression. The team analysed which genes were turned on and which were turned off in healthy bees and those from hives with colony collapse disorder (CCD). Since 2006, CCD has caused the catastrophic loss of US bee hives and is implicated in bee deaths elsewhere.
Top Chef Cooks Up Ways To Cut Costs, Not Quality
National Public Radio - 8/24/2009.
Chef Sam Hayward of Fore Street Restaurant in Portland, Maine, was a James Beard award winner for outstanding chef in 2004. To draw in diners in a tough economy, Hayward makes fish cakes and beans that are about half the cost of fancier items on his menu.
More fallout from this year’s overwatering: plant diseases
Portland Press Herald - 8/23/2009.
By Tom Atwell – The leaves are falling, and it isn't fall. All across Maine, a fungus called tar spot of maple is producing black spots on maple leaves, causing them to curl up and drop off. Bruce Watt, a plant disease specialist at the University of Maine Extension in Orono, says he has seen the disease in the Bangor-Brewer area, and it is moving to the coast. And – what a surprise – you can blame the wet weather. "It was sort of building up last year," Watt said, "and we saw more of it this spring. It was so very wet, and wetness is a requirement for the spore of this fungus to germinate."
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