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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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by Kimberley D. Mok – In India, while the growth of slicker, modernized supermarkets with standardized brands might be edging out the traditional open-air markets – at the same time, India’s domestic certified organic food industry is also on the rise - sometimes in surprising ways. One such example is the collective of 5,000 lower-caste Dalit (untouchable) women from the central state of Andhra Pradesh that is now offering chemical-free, non-irrigated, certified and organically-grown food.
Eating Food That’s Better for You, Organic or Not
Chef Ann Cooper Blog - 3/22/2009.
By Mark Bittman – In the six-and-one-half years since the federal government began certifying food as “organic,” Americans have taken to the idea with considerable enthusiasm. Sales have at least doubled, and three-quarters of the nation’s grocery stores now carry at least some organic food.
Obituary: Albert Allen
Kennebec Journal - 3/22/2009.
Albert "Abe" David Allen [and his wife were] charter members of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association and won many blue ribbons with their produce at the Common Ground and Windsor fairs.
Letting go of a sweet tradition
Maine Sunday Telegram - 3/22/2009.
By Bill Nemitz – Sitting in their kitchen over cups of hot tea Friday morning, John and Ramona Snell said it wasn't an easy decision. But after 29 years of tapping tress all over Bar Mills, they've given up their small, 125-gallon-a-year maple sugar operation to focus more fully on their 8-acre orchard and 30-acre vegetable farm.
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