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 92 episodes in this series: 101-120, 201-220, 301-322, 401-422, 501-508. 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 508


* Park City, UT ranch and horseback riding, environmental stewardship

* Nebraska wheat farmer, no-till agriculture

* Chicken breeding facility in AK, improvements in breeding, biosecurity

* Restoring and rebuilding old dairy barns


Season 5 – Episode 507


* A small rural town in CO raises stock to save the town’s only grocery store

* Catfish and warm-water aquaculture research in Arkansas

* TN ranch that breeds rare black Clydesdales for work and riding horses

* WY rancher leaves his job at a bank to return to his family land


Season 5 – Episode 506


* 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


* 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


* 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


* 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


* 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


* 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