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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
USDA to launch high tunnel pilot study to increase availability of locally-grown foods
Village Soup - 12/18/2009.
Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan announced a new pilot project under the 'Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food' initiative for farmers to establish high tunnels – also known as hoop houses – to increase the availability of locally-grown produce in a conservation-friendly way.
Medical pot growing at issue
Kennebec Journal - 12/16/2009.
By Susan M. Cover – Augusta: A Portland lawmaker said Tuesday she will introduce an amendment to the state's medical marijuana law that would allow large greenhouses to bid on growing rights and put the state in charge of overseeing the quality of the crop. Rep. Anne Haskell, a Democrat, is a longtime supporter of medical marijuana, but as a member of a task force charged with implementing the voter-approved law that allows dispensaries to open, she worries about who will ensure the marijuana is safe.
Vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free … local caterers answer the call
Portland Press Herald - 12/16/2009.
By Avery Yale Kamila – Gone are the days when health-conscious party planners had to worry about whether the event's caterer knew how to maintain a gluten-free kitchen or spot the myriad foods in which non-vegetarian ingredients lurk. Now local hosts and hostesses have the luxury of hiring an expert. Responding to the growing ranks of people with food allergies, special dietary preferences and interest in locally sourced foods, a new crop of caterers is cooking up an interesting and diverse array of edibles.
California’s water woes worsen
Grist - 12/16/2009.
By Tom Laskawy – NASA just released a disturbing report on California’s shrinking water supplies: "New space observations reveal that since October 2003, the aquifers for California’s primary agricultural region – the Central Valley – and its major mountain water source – the Sierra Nevadas – have lost nearly enough water combined to fill Lake Mead, America’s largest reservoir. The findings, based on data from the NASA/German Aerospace Center Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (Grace), reflect California’s extended drought and increased rates of groundwater being pumped for human uses, such as irrigation."
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