Agritourism is the focus of Arkansas PBS’ latest “Good Roots.” The newest segment visits Subiaco and Little Rock to delve into the ways Subiaco Abbey and Urbana Farmstead are creating operational income while simultaneously benefiting their communities.
An increasingly popular and expanding opportunity for agricultural producers, agritourism is a $1 billion industry in the United States and directly generates nearly nine million jobs, according to an Arkansas PBS press release. In addition to generating extra income for producers, these enterprises provide social benefits for their communities.
“Good Roots: Agritourism” will air for the first time, during “Arkansas Week,” Friday, July 9, at 7:30 p.m. on Arkansas PBS. It will be livestreamed at myarpbs.org/watchlive. 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.
In this “Good Roots” segment, host Lauren McCullough will visit the Subiaco Abbey’s brewery and tap room before exploring the making of habanero pepper Monk Sauce. Then, on her trip to Urbana Farmstead, McCullough will tour the farm, kitchen and market. While uncovering what makes these Natural State agritourism locations unique, McCullough will also explore their plans to ensure visitors keep coming back and investing in their area.
“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.
Major funding for “Good Roots” is provided by Arkansas Farm Bureau.