American Farmland Trust, has announced it will sponsor the new national public television series America The Bountiful, with its premiere planned for spring 2024.
America The Bountiful is a food, history, and travel series exploring the regional food traditions of America’s heartland, hosted by TV personality, cookbook author, and radio podcast host Capri Cafaro.
The new series journeys into America’s heartland to learn about the culture and find inspiration in the chronicles of farmers, artisans, restauranteurs, and home cooks through the bounty they grow, produce, and eat. The show will help shine a spotlight on the vibrant, culturally diverse, untold food stories and traditions hidden across America.
“AFT is focused on saving the land that sustains us all, and our new partnership with America the Bountiful will help us reach an important PBS audience of engaged and committed conservationists, farmers, and food lovers across the country,” said AFT President and CEO John Piotti. “We’re excited to amplify the great stories from America the Bountiful with our supporters to further educate about the importance of farmland protection, sound agriculture practices, and resilient food systems. It’s an exciting partnership to share our vision of keeping America bountiful!”
AFT and its partners nationwide have permanently protected nearly 7 million acres of farmland. An additional 300 million acres of farmland have been covered with conservation practices.
Since its founding over 40 years ago, AFT has raised awareness about farmland loss with conservationists, farmers, policymakers, and the public. This sponsorship will continue that work to engage a broader audience about the importance of farmland protection and to gain support for much-needed state and local policies to facilitate the conservation of our nation’s most productive, versatile, and resilient soils.
“I cannot think of a more fitting partner for our program than America Farmland Trust,” said Cafaro. “It’s our objective to capture stories that celebrate American farmers, acknowledge the importance of agriculture, and help educate audiences about where their food comes from. We are honored to have the support of an organization that holds shared values.”
To help educate and engage the audience as part of the sponsorship, American Farmland Trust will share research and resources with the show’s fans through social media and special events.
Supporters can learn more about farmland stewardship and join AFT’s Keep America Bountiful campaign to help support programs that keep farmers farming, make productive use of our agricultural resources, and ensure a bounty for future generations of Americans.