‘Five Farms’ Airing on KRCU


Five Powerful Documentaries Track Farm Families Over Year-long Cycle of Seasons

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., May 8, 2009 ᾰ KRCU at Southeast Missouri State University is now airing “Five Farms: Stories From American Farm Families,” a compelling series of five one-hour documentaries produced by Wesley Horner Productions in association with the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.

Each episode helps listeners make the critical connection between the food on their tables and families who work to produce it. The second installment in the “Five Farms” series airs Sunday, May 10, following NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday.

“Farming is vital to our state’s economy,” says KRCU General Manager Dan Woods, “and American farming is an essential part of the global economy. That’s why I’m proud to bring this series to our audience. ‘Five Farms’ shares the stories of five farm families who love their land and take pride in their life’s work. For them, the farm creates a livelihood filled with big risks but even bigger rewards, all of which is expertly documented in these programs. Our listeners will both learn from and be moved by ‘Five Farms.'”

Most Americans know little about where their food comes from and even less about the lives of farming families who plant, water, feed, herd, harvest and deliver that food to market. “Five Farms: Stories From American Farm Families” confronts that information gap head on. This series of five one-hour documentaries uses first-person storytelling to personalize the lives and work of five farm families in New England, the South, the Midwest, the Southwest and West Coast. By tracking these families for a full year-long cycle of the seasons, “Five Farms” reveals the resiliency of the American farmer and documents what they do to help feed the nation, while being caretakers and conservationists of the lands and resources they use.

“Five Farms” is made possible in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and is distributed nationally by Public Radio International. Production of “Five Farms” is an unusual collaboration among stations located in regions across the country where farming is a way of life. Collaborators include WFCR Amherst in western Massachusetts; WBHM Birmingham, Ala.; Iowa Public Radio; Native Public Media / National Federation of Community Broadcasters / Hopi Foundation, Kykotsmovi, Ariz.; and Capital Public Radio, Sacramento.

As the area’s source for diverse musical programming and award winning NPR news, KRCU at Southeast Missouri State University strives to continuously excel in providing the highest quality public radio programming to Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois. Nearly 1.9 million people within the listening area have the opportunity to tune in to KRCU 90.9 FM which is a 6,500 watt station located in Cape Girardeau and KSEF 88.9 FM, a 9,500 watt repeater station located in Farmington. The station broadcasts 24 hours a day from the campus of Southeast Missouri State University. More information is available at http://www.krcu.org/.