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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
Minimize antibiotics
Bangor Daily News - 9/26/2009.
Editorial by BDN Staff – Although major food buyers, including national chain restaurants, have stopped buying meat from farms where antibiotics are routinely used or asked such farms to reduce their use, the routine administration of these drugs remains too widespread. Rather than leaving it up to individual companies, Congress should adopt a national policy to limit antibiotic use.
USDA gives grants to seven in Maine
Portland Press Herald - 9/24/2009.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded grants to seven projects in Maine that will strengthen local economies and help new and existing businesses and farmers, said the office of Rep. Mike Michaud. … The Presque Isle-based Aroostook Band of Micmacs ($31,739) and the Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association of Unity ($68,450) received money to establish, expand and promote farmers markets and other direct producer-to-consumer marketing opportunities, according to a news release.
All-organic fair highlights best of Maine in many ways
Portland Press Herald - 9/23/2009.
By Avery Yale Kamila – The Common Ground Country Fair has come a long way since its humble beginnings in my hometown of Litchfield 33 years ago. What began as an alternative to traditional agricultural fairs has blossomed into a massive event celebrating Maine-grown organic food and community self-reliance. The fair has moved twice to accommodate the growing crowds, and last year, 60,000 people converged on the sleepy town of Unity to eat the fair's amazing food, watch cooking demos, shop at the farmers market, see live music, tour the animal exhibitions, explore folk art, connect with social and political causes and learn about renewable energy.
A better school menu
Bangor Daily News - 9/23/2009.
Editorial – Many schools will mark Maine harvest week by serving locally grown food for lunch. This is a great gesture, but it begs the question of where the food comes from during the rest of the year.
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