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Reporter Yolanda Vazquez heads for a Tennessee dairy farm where family members found a unique way to face the challenges from changing markets and urban encroachment. Reporter Jason Shoultz finds a Florida couple who discovered their future was in flowers, part of a 17 billion dollar floriculture market in the United States. Reporter Sarah Gardner heads for Arkansas where an award winning multigenerational farm family brings in their crop of winter wheat and makes some changes to keep the family farm alive. Reporter John Lobertini finds a young Arizona couple who gave up city life to start a pecan farm in Willcox, Arizona.

A Family AffairA Family Affair
The Hatcher family dairy likes to deliver quality products to consumers in the city. But as the city began to engulf their farm, it was time to make some hard decisions on whether the long time family farm could even continue. So they took a new approach that opened new markets.

 

 

Petal PushersPetal Pushers
Nursery plants and flowers are a 17-billion dollar industry in the United States. Among the most popular flowers is the orchid. Meet Paul and Patricia Phelps who have become lovers and collectors of orchids and have even turned their adoration for the beautiful flowers into a successful working business.

 

Home & HarvestHome & Harvest
Do you like to visit the farm? Lots of city folks find it fun to discover something about agriculture....IF it involves entertainment. Well, one Arkansas family decided their future lay in diversification and discovery by folks who may never have been on a farm.

 

A New BeginningA New Beginning
For a young couple from Tucson, Arizona deciding to make a career change and become farmers was something unexpected. With absolutely no background in agriculture, they’ve taken on planting 62 hundred pecan trees and 5 varieties of grapes. They have two things in mind- growing local and reducing the country’s carbon footprints.

 

A New BeginningOff The Shelf: Endive
Endive is certainly produce with a past! Intially intended as a coffee substitute, endive roots where placed in a cellar and sprouted to the tender, crunchy, leafy greens increasingly enjoyed by many.

 

A New BeginningHarvesting Knowledge: Soybeans
Soybeans are a big consumer favorite these days. They are not used just for tasty foods like soy milk and edamame, but they are also used to make hundred of products like candles, crayons, and shampoo!

 




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