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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

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Maine Sunday Telegram - 11/21/2010.
By J. Hemmerdinger – Portland: For Carlos Quijano's business, the recession had a silver lining. That's because when times are tight, many consumers stay home to save cash. And home is where the garden is. Quijano's Coast of Maine Organic Products, a Portland-based maker of nutrient-rich mulch and garden soil, starts with cast-offs from some of Maine's best-known industries – lobsters, blueberries and forestry.
New owner has help with plans to get Scarborough farm growing
Portland Press Herald - 11/20/2010.
By Ann S. Kim – Scarborough: Farming will make a comeback at the old Fancy family property on Ash Swamp Road. Daniel Mays is the new owner of the 13-acre property, a former gentleman's farm that hasn't been worked for about a decade. He plans to start by growing vegetables on 1-1/2 acres and offering a small community-support agriculture program next year.
Building networks with ‘slow money’
Bangor Daily News - 11/20/2010.
By Christopher Cousins – Belfast: Clayton Blake, owner of one of the only slaughterhouses in extreme eastern Maine, ambled up to the microphone and addressed an audience of a couple hundred. “My name’s Clayton Blake,” he said. “I need money.”
The Winter I Had to Live Almost Completely on Potatoes ... And Loved It
Alternet - 11/19/2010.
By Carol Deppe – Chris Voigt, executive director of the Washington State Potato Commission, is currently eating nothing but potatoes for two months, 20 5.3 ounce potatoes a day. When I read about it, my reaction was, Hey, what's so hard about that? Last winter, I ate pretty nearly all potatoes for about six months. It was a feast all winter!
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