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America's Heartland Season 1 Episodes

20 Episodes 2005 - 2006

Episode 1

Episode 1

Sat, Sep 24, 2005 30 mins

A historical overview of agrarian roots; a South Dakota farm family that has farmed their original homestead for 120 years. Also: the Old Farmer's Almanac; the Corn Palace; sweet Georgia carrots.

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Episode 2

Episode 2

Sat, Oct 1, 2005 30 mins

Syrup-making in New England; a mansion in Louisiana; iceberg lettuce in Arizona; "Schmeckfest" in Freeman, S.D. Also: Basque sheepherders maintain the farming techniques and culture of their ancestral home in Spain.

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Episode 3

Episode 3

Sat, Oct 8, 2005 30 mins

The soybean biofuel industry in Pennsylvania; "cracker cattle" in Florida; Kentucky bourbon; Georgia peanuts; an organic farm in Massachusetts.

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Episode 4

Episode 4

Sat, Oct 15, 2005 30 mins

The King Ranch in Texas; corn and the Iowa State Fair; a rainbow trout farm in Idaho. Also: ranchers use GPS systems to track lost cows.

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Episode 5

Episode 5

Sat, Oct 22, 2005 30 mins

A farm in northern Idaho; Creole farmers in Louisiana; Swiss cheese, produced by Amish farmers in Pennsylvania; Kentucky Thoroughbred horses.

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Episode 6

Episode 6

Sat, Oct 29, 2005 30 mins

Saving barns in Pennsylvania. Also: a vist with a fisherman in Gloucester, Mass.; an Illinois farm run with 19th-century methods; the third generation of a Kentucky family in the grain-mill business.

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Episode 7

Episode 7

Sat, Nov 5, 2005 30 mins

A Montana cattle breeder. Also: a Wyoming cattle auction; a Louisiana crayfish farm; an Illinois couple whose reindeer attract tourists; a specialty foods company in New Bedford, Mass.

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Episode 8

Episode 8

Sat, Nov 12, 2005 30 mins

Making sugar cane in Texas. Also: a Montana family involved in harvesting wheat and barley; transporting Maine lobsters; making turf in Nebraska; a visit to an Iowa state fair.

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Episode 9

Episode 9

Sat, Nov 19, 2005 30 mins

The prairie as it once was is viewed in a visit to Kansas's greater Flint Hills area. Also: potato-chip makers in Ohio; a Texas spinach farm; growing strawberries in Louisiana. Host: Paul Ryan.

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Episode 10

Episode 10

Sat, Nov 26, 2005 30 mins

The American bison is observed on the Kansas prairie. Also: organic corn in Minnesota; Michael Martin Murphey's Wisconsin ranch; cows and diesel fuel in Pennsylvania.

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Episode 11

Episode 11

Sat, Dec 3, 2005 30 mins

Tobacco production in North Carolina. Also: a Wisconsin round barn; a weed in Montana that cows don't like (but sheep do). A Florida project to help farmers.

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Episode 12

Episode 12

Sat, Dec 10, 2005 30 mins

Shaking walnuts from trees. Also: rounding up wild horses for adoption; using pregnant mares to make drugs for hormone replacement; a Montana company that makes organic foods; master cheesemakers in Wisconsin.

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Episode 13

Episode 13

Sat, Dec 17, 2005 30 mins

Tending sheep in Wyoming. Also: a preserved 19th-century Minnesota farm; growing Rainier cherries in Washington; apple orchards in Maine; a Maine ranch with a herd of Australian emus.

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Episode 14

Episode 14

Sat, Dec 24, 2005 30 mins

A farm-equipment bazaar in Illinois. Also: a Kansas state fair; abalone farmers in California; a retired Nebraska farmer who makes popcorn; hand-harvesting blueberries in Maine.

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Episode 15

Episode 15

Sat, Dec 31, 2005 30 mins

Growing organic corn in Minnesota. Also: a North Carolina tobacco farmer who's a musician at night; various uses for straw; a wild-rice harvest in Minnesota; soap made from goat's milk in Montana.

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Episode 16

Episode 16

Sat, Jan 7, 2006 30 mins

Prairie dogs and their impact on Texas ranchers. Also: George Washington's farming skills; a seventh-generation family of farmers.

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Episode 17

Episode 17

Sat, Jan 14, 2006 30 mins

A tour of Hawaii includes stops at the Parker Ranch, which is home to paniolos (Hawaiian cowboys); Greenwell Farms, a coffee plantation; a cocoa farm; a vanilla plantation; and a fish farm that specializes in moi and flounder.

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Episode 18

Episode 18

Sat, Jan 21, 2006 30 mins

Turning cotton into jeans. Also: processing herring; harvesting truffles; picking chili peppers.

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Episode 19

Episode 19

Sat, Jan 28, 2006 30 mins

A tourist-attraction farm in Virginia. Also: African-Americans interested in raising hogs; the growing popularity of kiwis; making pickles.

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Episode 20

Episode 20

Sat, Feb 4, 2006 30 mins

Plants that remove toxins from polluted soil. Also: growing mandarin oranges; visiting a shrimp farm and a duck farm; producing dehydrated foods that are ready to eat.

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