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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
Local food movement gets boost in Northeast
Portland Press Herald - 2/18/2011.
Montpelier, Vt.: A new $250,000 federal grant is aimed at putting more locally raised food into New England's schools, colleges and hospitals. The U.S. Department of Agriculture grant, awarded this month to the Northeast committee of the National Farm to School Network, will help pay for expanding processing of local food in Massachusetts, opening a new processing project in Maine and setting up a model distribution system.
Beekeeping alternatives
Treehugger - 2/18/2011.
By Sami Grover – Whether it's my post on learning top-bar hive beekeeping online, the efforts of the Barefoot Beekeeper, or the Bee Whisperer's experiments in alternative beekeeping, there seems to be an appetite out there for information on top-bar hives and other natural beekeeping methods.
Winter farming
Maine Public Broadcasting - 2/18/2011.
MaineWatch – Maine people spend $4 billion per year on food, most of which goes directly out of state (it's the second largest consumer expense in Maine behind energy spending). One group is pushing to keep more food dollars local and winter farming is the key.
'Kids for Greener Camden' campaign for toxin-free lawns
Village Soup - 2/18/2011.
A trio of environmentally-conscious sixth graders is making Camden safer for kids and pets, street by street. Liv Berez, Jade Hazzard and Molly Mann have formed “Kids for a Greener Camden” to join the effort of keeping dangerous chemicals off town lawns. Liv, Jade and Molly, with the support of Camden-Rockport Middle School Principal Maria Libby and Citizens for a Green Camden, are recruiting a brigade of middle school students to help with the campaign.
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