Weekly update on America’s Heartland PBS TV series.

America’s Heartland, produced by KVIE in California is a weekly video
magazine about agriculture.  It is a great classroom resource – either
as an entire episode, or as just a 5 minute segment.  It is a great way
to bridge gaps between the Georgia Performance Standards actual hands-on
activities.  For example, few of us grow corn for ethanol or soy for
biodiesel…so using short and entertaining video clips that shows how
these products are made and used – is probably better than either
avoiding these topics or covering them simply by reading or class

America’s Heartland videos offer virtual classroom fieldtrips looking
into areas of agriculture that some of us may not explore – such as
aquaculture, forestry, veterinary medicine, fruit and nut production, as
well as a variety of row crops.  The series is wholesome, patriotic,
up-to-date, devoted to American agriculture, and quite informative and
entertaining.  As a horticulture teacher new to teaching agriculture
this year (and now discovering that is it my favorite class!) I can’t
say enough about how this series has helped both me and my
urban/suburban students learn about American agriculture.

If you visit the websites listed below, you can videostream the episodes
in your classroom – no $$$/fees involved.  Likewise, you can contact
America’s Heartland and order an individual episode or an entire season.
 Ask for a teacher discount.

I have worksheets that I have made for all 84 episodes in this series:
101-120, 201-220, 301-322, 401-422.  Please email and I will be happy to
send you up to around 5 worksheets at a time as an attachment.

* NOTE - The worksheets are using the font: ZapfHumnst BT and are best
viewed using this font.
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Season 4 – Episode 422
* Growing, harvesting  hops in Washington, new uses for hops
* Research into using algae to make biodiesel fuel at the University of
* Colorado State Fair – helping people re-connect with agriculture and
learn where their food comes from
* The world’s largest ball of twine…in Kansas

Season 4 – Episode 421
* “Food University” – a unique traveling culinary workshop that focuses
on locally-grown foods and bringing together ranchers, farmers, chefs,
and consumers, “Locavores”
* Washington cherry grower – innovations in: cooling and processing,
commodity stickers, falcons to control birds, composting
* Maine Agricultural Fair that focuses on timber/logging/and woodsman
* Stella and Chewy’s natural Pet Food Company

Season 4 – Episode 420
* Oregon seafood company – using new tracking technology to identify
sources of contaminated fish – for food recalls, quality control
* Restoring and improving watersheds and grasslands in CA using “pond &
plug” hydrology techniques
* Zapata Ranch in CO – working cattle and bison and GUEST ranch –
partnered with the Nature Conservancy – rotating grazing and pasture
* Award-winning winery in WI

Season 4 – Episode 419
* Soundkeeper – an organization of fishermen and oystermen committed to
keeping Long Island Sound clean – improved water conditions, adding
grease traps to storm drains
* Shiitake and oyster mushroom farming in Kentucky
* Pike Place Farmer’s Market in Seattle
* Texas Tech Univ. - research on improving cotton fibers

Season 4 – Episode 418
* Cattle ranch in New Mexico
* Farmer’s Market in East NY – how access to fresh foods
helps renew a
* Antique Tractor Show
* Oregon cherry orchard – Japanese American family farmers

Season 4 – Episode 417 – Journey of the Corn – How corn travels
* Nebraska Corn Farm – corn starts its journey here…
* Taipei, Taiwan – Uses for corn including: PLA containers made from
corn starch, DDGS corn – ethanol byproduct – used to feed dairy cattle
*Mainland China – Expanding dairy industry in China, U.S. Grains Council

Season 4 – Episode 416
* Professional Bull rider- Ross Coleman
* “Rural-politans” – city dwellers who venture out to live on farms on
the weekends
* Urban agriculture in NYC: science education sustainable greenhouse
barge on the Hudson river, rooftop greenhouses, Zabar’s
* Farming on Long island – King Kullen Supermarket

Season 4 – Episode 415
* Clam harvest off Florida Gulf Coast
* Citrus fruit research facility in CA – rootstocks and grafting
* Sheep’s Milk Cheese (Pecorino, Roquefort) Creamery in NJ, milking
* “Rhody Warm” – blankets made from wool, spinning yarn, weaving in RI

Season 4 – Episode 414
* Seed production farm in OR
* WI pheasant farming operation
* Landis Valley Museum – farming in Pennsylvania Dutch Country, using
* Using draft horses for farm work in TX, mules

Season 4 – Episode 413
* High-tech hog farm in MO with 35,000 pigs, computerized feedings,
biosecurity, manure lagoons
* Bob Evans sausage and restaurants in Ohio
* Philadelphia’s Reading Terminal Market
* Gedney Pickles from MN - making pickles, pasteurization process

Season 4 – Episode 412 – Aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan –
how the harvest from the heartland is serving those who serve us
* Overview of USS Ronald Reagan – nuclear aircraft carrier that houses
6,000 personnel and serves 18,000 meals a day
* Below deck on the USS Ronald Reagan – how the galley works, fitness on
the ship, sailors who grew up on farms and ranches
* Sailors returning home to their farms, improvements in food storage
and     packaging

Season 4 – Episode 411
* Agricultural practices to combat global warming and store carbon in
the soil; no till agriculture
* Crescent Moon Organic Farm, CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)
* Henry Wallace – hybrid corn and soil conservation in the 1930s
* Meat goat producer in KY, using goats to control kudzu

Season 4 – Episode 410
* Meat goat farming in Illinois
* Cheese-making in Wisconsin, the Mars Cheese Castle
* Kansas City Farmer’s Market
* Vermont diner serving local food

Season 4 – Episode 409 – How bad weather affects agriculture

* Nebraska winter wheat farmer, crop diversity, GPS systems
* Farrier training at Kentucky Horseshoeing School…using cadaver legs!
* National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame in Kansas
* Quirky agricultural art, etc. in Kansas

Season 4 – Episode 408 – How bad weather affects agriculture
* 2008 Flooding in the Midwest – soybeans, alfalfa
* Farmers in CA and AL deal with wildfires and drought
* MO nursery/greenhouse business - bedding plants, houseplants, tomatoes
* Agricultural Weather Information Services (AWIS)  - tracks weather for

Season 4 – Episode 407
* Oysterman off Florida coast
* Wine production in Texas
* Illinois horseradish festival/farming
* C
alifornia lemon growers

Season 4 – Episode
*18 year old farmer in Wesport, Mass– just getting started
*Associated Milk Producers Inc. butter production plant in Minnesota
*Portrait photographer Paul Mobley captures images of farmers and
*Stuckmeyer’s – Farmer’s market and greenhouse operation in Missouri

Season 4 – Episode 405
*Young Arizona ranchers diversifying into agritourism, timber, etc. to
keep their ranch
*Dairy co-op in Rhode Island helps put farmers back in the black
*Diversified farm in Missouri profits from agritourism, innkeeping, and
educating about the rural life
*Schell Brewery in MN – manufacture of beer and rootbeer

Season 4 - Episode 404
*Wind turbine "farm" in Texas
*Rice production
*Metrolina automated greenhouse (floriculture) in NC
*Harness racing horses in solar stables

Season 4 - Episode 403
*Large Animal/Food Supply Veterinarian - shortage
*Shearing Sheep in new Mexico
*Equine veterinary research at UC Davis
*Tupelo honey in Florida

Season 4 - Episode 402
*Poultry farm that processes poultry waste as its main source of fuel
*Uses for soybeans - foams
*Walnut farm in CA that generates energy from walnut waste
*Cheese "factory" in California

Season 4 - Episode 401

*Growing Cotton in Texas
*Forestry in West Virginia
*Lavender Farm in California
*Agricultural Artist (painter)

- Libby Lintel

Libby Lintel
Horticulture Teacher
Kennesaw Mountain High School
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