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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
Maine warmer for plants, but let’s not go bananas
Portland Press Herald - 1/26/2012.
By Seth Borenstein (AP) – The southern portion of York County and the stretch of Maine coast from the Sheepscot River to Penobscot Bay are now in the same planting zone as central Massachusetts and northern Connecticut, according to a new planting guide published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Chemicals in carpeting, food packaging may harm kids’ immune systems
Bangor Daily News - 1/25/2012.
By Michelle Fay Cortez (Bloomberg News) – Chemicals used in consumer products, including rain gear, stain-resistant carpeting, microwave popcorn bags and fast-food packaging, appear to limit children’s disease-fighting immune responses, a study found. The research by Danish investigators is one of the first to examine the effects of perfluorinated compounds, or PFCs, on the immune system.
Mother Nature’s disasters attempt to balance world
Kennebec Journal - 1/25/2012.
Op-ed by Jim Murphy – Mostly missed on lists for 2011 was the horrific toll of weather disasters. Globally, natural disasters are growing in number and violence. Most record-setting events in 2011 were elsewhere, but even here climate is being rocked off its 11,700-year-old perch. Federal disasters once were rare, but 2011 saw declarations in 47 states.
Maine’s (hard) cider house gang
Portland Press Herald - 1/25/2012.
By Shannon Bryan – Spotting a trio of 20-somethings tipping back glasses of hard cider at Mainely Brews in Waterville isn't out of the ordinary. What is: Discovering that the three have fermented the beverage themselves, and here, on a Thursday afternoon in early January, they're tasting it fresh from the keg for the very first time.
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