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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
Organic farms cut carbon dioxide emissions
Kennebec Journal - 8/11/2012.
Op-ed by Marcel LeRoi – If only 10,000 medium-size farms in the U.S, converted to organic farming, they would store so much carbon dioxide in the soil that it would be equivalent to taking more than 1 million cars off the road or reducing our miles driven by 14.62 billion miles.
Redfish by any other name is … just not as appetizing
Portland Press Herald - 8/11/2012.
Op-ed by Monique Coombs – The Gulf of Maine Research Institute is promoting some of Maine's lesser-known fish through a campaign called Out of the Blue. Acadian redfish was the first species highlighted, and currently the institute is wrapping up a promotion for mackerel.
State offering free pesticide disposal to homeowners, family farms
Bangor Daily News - 8/11/2012.
By Rick Levasseur – Augusta: Several state agencies are partnering to provide homeowners a free opportunity this fall to dispose of old pesticides that may be stockpiled on their properties. Required registration – the deadline for which is Sept. 28 – is now open for the disposal day.
Tidbits: farmers markets, Maine cheese, Mark Bittman and vodka
Bangor Daily News - 8/10/2012.
By Emily Burnham – Farmers in the Skowhegan region have a lot to crow about – their farmers market is currently in sixth place nationwide for small markets in the American Farmland Trust’s America’s Favorite Farmers Market contest online.
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