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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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Kennebec Journal - 10/15/2010.
By Denis Thoet – China has done it again. Not only is it the most populous country in the world at over a billion people, or one of the biggest emitters of greenhouse gases, or that it's taking away our manufacturing jobs and selling back all the stuff we used to make. China is now beating us at something at which we thought we were invincible: They are out-eating us.
Homage to the apple: 10 recipes
The Atlantic - 10/15/2010.
You probably knew it was coming: a slide show of recipes featuring one of the most popular fall ingredients. What you might not have expected are a couple of savory recipes in addition to sweets.
Single farmers in Vermont give 'weed dating' a whack
USA Today - 10/14/2010.
By Melissa Pasanen and Adam Silverman – Tunbridge, Vt: Ben Wolfe was a little nervous, he admitted, as he stood waiting one recent afternoon at Tunbridge Hill Farm in central Vermont. His apprehension had nothing to do with farming, and everything to do with meeting someone new. He was about to participate in an event called weed dating, a meet-up for single farmers looking for a date or a mate.
Seeds of commercialism
Portland Press Herald - 10/14/2010.
By Edward D. Murphy – Portland: Community gardens were established in the city to give residents a chance to work the soil and grow fresh produce to put on the dinner table. After all, when it comes to the increasing preference for local food, it can't get much more local than what's grown down the street.
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