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Sweet spring harvests, farmers markets highlighted in next ‘Good Roots’ segment on Arkansas PBS

Posted 12 May 2021

Barnhill Orchards, Bemis Honey Bee Farm, Bernice Garden Farmers’ Market

to be featured in May 14 segment

CONWAY, Ark. (Arkansas PBS) — In May, “Good Roots” explores the sweet side of Arkansas agriculture – including strawberries and honey – then kicks off the new regular feature Farmers Market Roundup. The next segment will air during “Arkansas Week” Friday, May 14, at 7:30 p.m. on Arkansas PBS and livestream at

Segment host Lauren McCullough, a native of Nashville, Arkansas, who now resides in Little Rock, will introduce viewers to the man behind Barnhill Orchards – retired Air Force Lt. Col. Bob Barnhill. A family legacy nestled in the sandhills of Lonoke County since 1980, Barnhill Orchards is one of Central Arkansas's top producing fruit and vegetable suppliers to local residents, restaurants and schools.

Then, McCullough will visit Bemis Honey Bee Farm where the Bemis’ are sharing their love and knowledge of these vital pollinators with their fellow Arkansans. What started as five hives and a means to pollinate their family's existing commercial tree farm, Jeremy and his wife Emily quickly realized there were no beekeeping suppliers in their area and established the Bemis Honey Bee Farm in 2013.

Finally, the “Good Roots” Farmers Market Roundup kicks off with a trip to the Bernice Garden Farmers’ Market in downtown Little Rock. The market offers an open community space for local growers to sell sustainably raised fruit, vegetables, nuts, berries, flowers and herbs, as well as cheeses, prepared food and other goods, to residents, businesses, organizations and visitors.

“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

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

Major funding for “Good Roots” is provided by 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.

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