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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 Maple Sunday – how sweet it is!
Portland Press Herald - 3/23/2009.
By Ann S. Kim – Maple syrup can be an addictive business. Just ask the makers and tasters who met up at Parsons Maple Products for Maine Maple Sunday. The Parsons family started making maple syrup in 1990 as a sideline to their dairy farm on Buck Street. Since then, they have set up a sugarhouse that's probably twice the size of the original and they've upgraded to larger evaporators four times.
Acadia farmers’ meeting focuses on marketing
Bangor Daily News - 3/23/2009.
By Bill Trotter – Marketing was the main focus of the first-ever Maine Farmers’ Market Convention, which was put on by the Down East Business Alliance. More than 80 people attended the convention on Friday and Saturday to learn how to market their products and themselves, and about more-technical issues such as electronic monetary transfers and licensing for food production and sales.
Nectar of spring sampled by public during Maine Maple Sunday tours
Bangor Daily News - 3/23/2009.
By Walter Griffin – Knox, Maine: Maple syrup and candy lovers lined up early at Kinney’s Sugarhouse on Abbott Road in this central Waldo County farming community. Lee and Mary Anne Kinney tap a 165-acre sugarbush that has been producing maple syrup and sugar products for the past five years.
Safety rules burden smaller farmers
The Des Moines Register - 3/23/2009.
By Philip Brasher – In recent years, the federal government and the food industry have taken some significant steps to improve the safety of fresh produce. But small-scale farmers and organic growers say those standards can force them to choose between selling to supermarkets and schools or else following practices that degrade the soil and require more synthetic chemicals.
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