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Meet the Arkansas Farm You Can Visit and the Love Story behind it in new ‘Good Roots’ segment April 13 on Arkansas PBS

Posted 11 May 2022

Meet the Arkansas Farm You Can Visit and the Love Story behind it in new ‘Good Roots’ segment April 13 on Arkansas PBS 

CONWAY, Ark. (Arkansas PBS) — The latest segment of “Good Roots” visits Rabbit Ridge Farms in Bee Branch, Arkansas, to see how a love for community, each other and unique farming techniques help educate families about where their food comes from. The segment will premiere Friday, April 13, during “Arkansas Week” at 7:30 p.m. on Arkansas PBS and livestreaming at myarpbs.org/watchlive

“Seven miles away from a stop light and 30 minutes away from a jug a milk.” That’s how Alan Mahan describes the location of Rabbit Ridge Farms, the farm he and his wife Angela own and operate in Bee Branch, Arkansas. The farm raises cows, hogs, and chickens that roam the pastures, plus prepared meals and other goods that are found in some of the state’s most popular restaurants and on dining tables across the country. 

“Our motto is creating community through food and agriculture,” said Angela. The Mahans made the decision (a rare one for farmers) to open their farm to tour groups, school field trips, and any of the other thousands of visitors they host each year that are curious about where their food comes from.  

This segment of “Good Roots” explores Rabbit Ridge’s unique beginning as well as their relationship to the community. 

“Good Roots,” produced in partnership with Arkansas Farm Bureau, seeks to shine a light on Arkansas’s rich rural culture and communities. Segments focus on the real stories of rural life, while addressing relevant topics like agriculture, health care, the economy, technology, policy and more. The segment airs the second Friday of each month during “Arkansas Week.” Additional information is available at myarpbs.org/GoodRoots

 

Segments and bonus footage of “Good Roots” are also featured on all Arkansas PBS digital platforms, including YouTube, Facebook, the Engage Arkansas PBS app and the PBS Video app. A blog series accompanies the segments at myarkansaspbs.org

 

Major funding for “Good Roots” is provided by Arkansas Farm Bureau. Additional funding for “Good Roots” is provided by the Union Pacific Foundation. 

 

About Arkansas Farm Bureau 

Arkansas Farm Bureau is a nonprofit, private advocacy organization with almost 190,000 families throughout the state working to improve farm and rural life. Farm Bureau is an independent, voluntary organization of farm and ranch families united for the purpose of analyzing their problems and formulating action to achieve educational improvement, economic opportunity, social advancement and promote the national well-being. 

 

About Arkansas PBS 

Arkansas PBS, Arkansas’s only statewide public media network, enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. Arkansas PBS delivers daily, essential, local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers through multiple digital platforms, including livestreaming at myarpbs.org/watchlive, on-demand services and YouTube TV, and the distinct channels Arkansas PBS, Arkansas PBS Create, Arkansas PBS KIDS, Arkansas PBS WORLD and Arkansas PBS AIRS on SAP. Members with Arkansas PBS Passport have extended on-demand access to a rich library of public television programming. Arkansas PBS depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. Additional information is available at myarkansaspbs.org. Arkansas PBS is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro), KETZ (El Dorado) and KETS (Lee Mountain). 

 

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