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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 2014, 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
More choices, fewer calories
Portland Press Herald - 9/19/2009.
By Kelley Bouchard – Portland: The city's schoolchildren will see fewer fried foods and more healthy options on the cafeteria menu this year as school officials take further steps to promote good eating habits and combat obesity among youths. French fries and high-calorie desserts will be offered once or twice a week rather than daily, said Ron Adams, food services director. Nonfat milk will be added to the low-fat regular and flavored milk options already available. And in the city's high schools, where students can buy either whole meals or a la carte items, cafeterias are offering a wider variety of healthy food options.
Fairground a ‘hot spot’ for EEE
Bangor Daily News - 9/19/2009.
By Meg Haskell – Unity: The Common Ground Country Fair, the annual celebration of rural life and organic agriculture, will pay special attention this year to the health hazard to humans and livestock posed by the presence of the EEE virus in Waldo County. The fair will take place Sept. 25-27.
Dairy runoff in our tap water
Ethicurean - 9/18/2009.
Big dairies, big problems: Reporter Charles Duhigg of the New York Times has been on the rampage these past few weeks with a series of great articles highlighting the need for better government regulation, oversight and enforcement of clean water laws. The latest installment covers the dairy industry in Wisconsin and elsewhere, where mega-feedlots concentrate millions of gallons of untreated waste that can leach into groundwater.
Protecting local farms
Common Dreams - 9/18/2009.
By Lynn Byczynski – When the spinach contamination epidemic was happening in the fall of 2006, and supermarkets were pulling spinach from their shelves under order from the FDA, many local produce growers experienced a sharp increase in sales. Customers didn't stop eating spinach and other leafy greens-instead, many went to their farmers' market to buy local.
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