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Weekly update on America’s Heartland PBS TV series.  2009-2010 Season 5

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
lecture.

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.  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.
http://www.americasheartland.org/shop/index.htm

I have worksheets that I have made for all 90 episodes in this series:
101-120, 201-220, 301-322, 401-422, 501-506. 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 5 – Episode 506
http://www.americasheartland.org/episodes/episode_506/index.htm
* Agritourism on a working ranch in WY
* Young farmer raising hay in TN
* Ag education in Elementary schools in Tillamook, OR
* Salt mining in Utah

Season 5 – Episode 505
http://www.americasheartland.org/episodes/episode_505/index.htm
* Young ranchers return to the farm after Ivy League educations;
ranchers working with the Nature Conservancy as stewards of the land
* Growing koshihikari rice in Arkansas
* Raising sheep for wool – turning fleece into yarn – yarn crafts
* Zebra ranch in Utah

Season 5 – Episode 504
http://www.americasheartland.org/episodes/episode_504/index.htm
* Florida citrus industry battles citrus greening disease
* Longhorn cattle, cattle industry changes
* Farm classroom for inner city kids, farm training program for adults
in Mass.
* Sweet potato farming and packing operation in Ark. – industry safety
standards

Season 5 – Episode 503
http://www.americasheartland.org/episodes/episode_503/index.htm
* Dairy goes from co-op to on-site processing
* Orchids
* AK wheat/soybean farm adjusting to the changing times
* New, young farmers starting out in AZ planting pecans and grapes

Season 5 – Episode 502
http://www.americasheartland.org/episodes/episode_502/index.htm
* Maple syrup collection and production in VT and NH
* Sheep drive in AZ on the Haber Reno sheep trail
* Oregon feed mill operation in its fifth generation
* Ohio’s Malabar Farm – Working farm in a state park – pioneer in
sustainable agricultural practices

Season 5 – Episode 501
http://www.americasheartland.org/episodes/episode_501/index.htm
* A Florida rancher who is also a photographer
* A “correctional farm” program in Ohio that is helping inmates develop
skills to help them after release
* Family-owned orange grove in California’s Central Valley (Valencia and
navel oranges)
* Tennessee goat farm that produces artisan goat cheeses

- Libby Lintel


Libby Lintel
Horticulture Teacher
Kennesaw Mountain High School
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