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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
Farms and Antibiotics
The New York Times - 7/23/2009.
Editorial – The Union of Concerned Scientists estimates that 70 percent of the antibiotics used in this country are fed to farm animals. These animals do not receive these drugs the way humans do – as discrete short-term doses. Agricultural antibiotics are a regular feed supplement intended to increase growth and lessen the chance of infection in crowded, industrial farms.
Madison farm avoids blight hitting tomatoes
Kennebec Journal - 7/23/2009.
By Scott Monroe – Backyard Farms, the tomato-growing business, says it has avoided a contagious plant fungus that has been destroying tomato plants throughout the Northeast in greater numbers than usual because cool, wet weather the last month and a half have supercharged rates of infection. ... Backyard Farms hasn't been affected by the fungal outbreak because its tomatoes are grown within the climate-controlled setting of a greenhouse.
Bring your waders to Open Farm Day
Kennebec Journal - 7/23/2009.
By Mechele Cooper – Farmers participating in Open Farm Day on Sunday said visitors should wear hip boots. Their pastures and gardens are a little soggy with all the rain this past month. "So far, we're holding up pretty well," said Denis Thoet of Long Meadow Farm in West Gardiner. "It's a little bit muddy, so we're asking people to wear appropriate footwear like hip boots. "We'll be doing some traditional music and mini tours of the farm and talk about what we're doing here."
[Central Maine] Farms participating in Open Farm Day
Kennebec Journal - 7/23/2009.
A complete list of farms in this year's Open Farm Days is available at www.getrealmaine.com.
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