This spring, something new is blooming at Arkansas PBS – a segment featuring stories of life and innovation from small towns in every corner of the state. “Good Roots,” explores rural community life, agribusiness and how these things are evolving through modern advances. “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 premieres April 16 at 7:30 pm and beginning in May, it will air on the second Friday of each month.
On the outskirts of Atkins, Arkansas, in the shadow of Petit Jean mountain, the 10-generation Ralston family farm is paving the way for new methods of farming. Logan Duvall, host of the first segment, will visit the Ralston family to explore some farming techniques they have been using as a way to give back to the land. These regenerative agriculture techniques involve farming and grazing practices that, among other benefits, help restore soil health, resulting in high quality, nutrient dense food. The Ralstons will explain their methods and what it could mean for other farmers in the state.
Logan Duvall and Lauren McCullough are hosts of the first installments of "Good Roots."
Take a look at the sweet side of Arkansas agriculture, including a spring favorite – strawberries! Meet the man behind Barnhill Orchards and learn about a family legacy. Then visit a honey bee farm where the Bemis’ are sharing their love and knowledge of these vital pollinators. Plus, we kick off our Farmers Market Roundup at the Bernice Garden Farmers’ Market.
“Good Roots” travels to Grady this month to introduce the Carpenter family – who has been farming in the Delta for 50 years – and explores the challenges faced by minority farmers.
Agritourism is not only a way to generate extra income for the producer but provide social benefits to the community. Host Lauren McCullough visits two agritourism locations here in Arkansas to find out what makes them unique and how they plan to keep visitors coming back. Featured: Subiaco Abbey & Urbana Farmstead
Arkansas is facing a shortage of nurses and clinical personnel at a time when they’ve rarely been needed more. Learn how these shortages are impacting the entire state, and hear the challenges of providing emergency medical services (EMS) in the face of COVID-19 in rural Arkansas with “Good Roots.”
How does a veteran get an agricultural operation started? Segment host Logan Duvall explores this question as he and Boozman visit veteran-run farms, including The Farm at Barefoot Bend in Lonsdale, Arkansas.
Meet the Hosts
A small business entrepreneur and outspoken voice for cancer awareness and research, Duvall is the co-owner of Me and McGee Market in North Little Rock.
Currently nominated for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society 2021 Man of the Year, Duvall is no stranger to adversity. First losing his grandfather to cancer in 2016, followed by the battles and triumphs of his then 5-year-old son who went on to beat stage 4 cancer. Duvall has dedicated an entire section of his market, “Lander’s Corner,” in an effort to educate and supply the supplemental and nutritional needs for those battling with cancer.
“He has passion and he is dedicated and he is hard working. I don’t think he meets a stranger. You meet him once and you just know he sees you. He sees you as a person, he wants to know you and he wants to help you. That’s truly who Logan is.” - Ansley Watson | LLS Leadership Team (KATV Good Afternoon AR Host)Website: Me and McGee Market
Facebook: Me and McGee Market on Facebook
Instagram: Me and McGee Market on Instagram
YouTube: Me and McGee Market on YouTube
Lauren McCullough is a creative entrepreneur, dividing her as a photographer, videographer and on-camera talent. Her passion lies in capturing and sharing the special moments that make up the "every day". Action shots and candids can be just as meaningful as a perfectly posed portrait. Lauren's broad range of talents and endeavors have influenced how she approaches each project.
Lauren's roots are in the southwest part of the state, where she grew up on the family farm showing registered Brangus cattle and raising chickens. She credits her father for instilling in her the "make hay while the sun shines" work ethic. Though she resides in the capital city now, she holds tight to the fond memories of fishing, gardening, and living the country-life with her close-knit family in Nashville, Arkansas.
As with any project that comes her way, Lauren is excited to meet fellow Arkansans, hear their experiences and share their unique stories with the world.
Major funding is provided by Arkansas Farm Bureau.