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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
Farmer prepared to defy town
Kennebec Journal - 9/22/2011.
By Doug Harlow – Cornville: A local farmer said he will proceed with a plan to spread 3,000 cubic yards of petroleum-contaminated soil on farmland despite the objection of the town planners. The Cornville Planning Board ruled Tuesday night that the proposal to truck soil from the C.N. Brown Oil Co. site – next to the Athens Elementary School – to the Strout dairy farm on West Ridge Road is subject to oversight by the town, not the state. Planners said the proposal is not farming, but an industrial and commercial use of land.
Police: be wise driving to Common Ground Fair
Kennebec Journal - 9/22/2011.
Unity: With about 60,000 people flocking to the Common Ground Country Fair this weekend, the village of Unity has the potential to be anything but unified, harmonious and cohesive. "We're sticking about 25,000 people (a day) in a relatively small spot, and they all just to have understand you can only put so many cars on a two-lane road," said Sgt. Dale Brown, of the Waldo County Sheriff's Office.
Common Ground Country Fair to celebrate rural living this weekend
Bangor Daily News - 9/21/2011.
By Abigail Curtis – Unity: It’s the biggest birthday party in town, and you can be sure the cake is 100 percent organic. Tens of thousands of folks will descend on Unity this weekend for the 35th annual Common Ground Country Fair. The event is held by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners’ Association, which also is celebrating its 40th birthday this year, and the group is marking both dates with a special focus on Maine agriculture.
Gluten-free options join Common Ground fare
Portland Press Herald - 9/21/2011.
By Avery Yale Kamila – Last year, fair-goers asked for gluten-free options at the Common Ground Country Fair, and this Friday when the fair opens, they'll find them at the Tic Tac Taco stand. Run by Juliana Hoffmann, who recently moved back to Maine from New York City, where she owned a health food cafe, the new booth will serve three varieties of gluten-free tacos.
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