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Episode 901
In our premiere show, reporter Melanie Kim visits Clear Lake where water officials fear an invasion by the Quagga Mussel—a potential billion dollar threat. Food expert Laura McIntosh and guest Chef Rajko Marin cook up a scrumptious Cioppino with fresh California seafood. Meet a former pro baseball player who is now producing his own olive oil. Reporter Chris Burrous dives into Heritage of the Heartland introducing you to the Lodi family behind Jessie’s Grove. Master Gardener Fred Hoffman gives tips for creating drought-resistant gardens.
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Episode 902
Reporter Jennifer Harrison visits a dairy where new technology creates usable energy from cow manure. Food expert Laura McIntosh and guest Chef Dana Jaffe cook up some fresh Halibut with sweet California corn. We visit with one of the Bay Area’s best kept secrets: Annie of Annie’s Annuals. The ag-traveler Melanie Kim steps out of the car and tours the Napa Valley on foot. Master gardener Fred Hoffman gives you the secret to a healthy garden: mulch.
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Episode 903
Reporter John Lobertini takes us to the small Sierra town of Georgetown—where inmates are fighting wildfires and caring for our forests. Life-style expert, Laura McIntosh and guest Chef Dana Jaffe prepare a fabulous side dish, three potato gratin. Meet a woman who traded her Hollywood producing career for a life making ice cream from goat’s milk. Heritage of the Heartland reporter John Alston introduces you to the Swickard family ranch, where an interstate highway system almost took the cattle producers off the map. Master gardener Kristine Hanson shows you the homegrown remedies of lavender.
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Episode 904
Reporter Jennifer Quinonez is in Los Angeles on a quest to find the city’s most delicious fallen fruit. Food and Lifestyle Expert Laura McIntosh and guest Chef Darren McRonald are bringing it home with the perfect “Pear Puree.”  Reporter Toan Lam visits a San Francisco neighborhood where residents are growing their own food. The Ag Traveler Melanie Kim ventures into the Napa Valley by bike. Master gardener Fred Hoffman gives tips on growing citrus trees in containers.
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Episode 905
Honeybees are taking a big sting in California. California Heartland’s Abbott Dutton talks with an Almond Farmer in Hughson to see how this is hurting the state’s almond industry. Tra Vigne Executive Chef Nash Cognetti joins Food and Lifestyle expert Laura McIntosh to whip up a delicious Zucchini Tagliatelle. We visit Los Angeles urban poultry farmer Carl Hunter to see his collection of exotic chickens. Ernest and Julio are well-known names in the California wine business. Reporter Manny Ramos drives into “Heritage of Our Heartland” and introduces us to the other side of the Gallo family, Joseph Gallo Farms, one of the state’s largest cheese producers. Looking to add a little zest to your garden? Master Gardener Kristine Hanson shows us how to build a salsa garden.
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Episode 906
She escaped the Fall of Saigon and later used that courage to build the lives of immigrant farmers, by hiring them. California Heartland’s Chris Burrous introduces us to Mai Pham, a renowned chef, owner of Lemon Grass Restaurant. See how her journey through life created the perfect recipe for success. Food and Lifestyle Expert Laura McIntosh and guest chef Dana Jaffe cook up a mouth-watering Prime Rib feast. Meet a Southern California family who makes some of the state’s best fruit jams. Join Melanie Kim as she ventures into Petaluma and uncovers three of the city's best kept secrets. Master Gardener Fred Hoffman gives tips on growing the perfect vegetable garden in raised beds.
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Episode 907
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’s Abbott Dutton visits the small Sierra town of Portola, where pike invaded Lake Davis back in 1994. See how this small town and fishery are making a comeback after losing millions of dollars to the predator. Food and Lifestyle Expert, Laura McIntosh joins chef Rajko Marin from the Tadich Grill in San Francisco to serve up a poached sea bass topped with sautéed veggies, a simple, fresh seafood dish that you can make at home. Meet the 7 young girls who started Yummy Dummy Chocolate Company and turned it into a sweet success. Take a trip with Jennifer Quinonez into Heritage of Our Heartland to meet the four-generation family of San Antonio Winery. Master Gardener Fred Hoffman goes on pest patrol in your garden.
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Episode 908
Reporter Jennifer Quinonez introduces you to one city farmer who turned his suburban lawn into an organic oasis. Meet the Los Angeles farmer who produced three tons of food right out of his own backyard. Food and Lifestyle Expert Laura McIntosh and chef Michael Fagnoni of Hawks Restaurant in Granite Bay, CA prepare a delicious cornish game hen. Meet the journalist who traded in her magazine job to produce cheese. Ag Traveler Melanie Kim takes a tour of hidden roof-top gardens in San Francisco. Plus, Master Gardener Fred Hoffman shows how planting one tree can save you hundreds of dollars.
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Episode 909
Scientists race to figure out what’s causing the collapse of salmon fisheries while some salmon fishermen are reinventing ways to stay afloat. Ride along with the Saddle Pals, a therapy program that unites children with cerebral palsy with champion horses. Food and lifestyle expert Laura McIntosh learns how to whip up zucca alla livornese. And, chances are you’ve had dinner with them meet the family history behind Lundberg Rice. Master Gardener Kristine Hanson gives us the rundown on roses.
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Episode 910
Rice grower Michael Bosworth is growing a successful business one relationship at a time including one with sushi chef Billy Ngo. Then, we travel to the famous Gilroy Garlic Festival for a master cook-off. Learn what you can do with a half-ton of garlic! Also, the secret is out! Learn how to grow luffa sponges and drive stage coaches in San Luis Obispo County. Master Gardener Kristine Hanson gives you tips on growing herbs.
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Episode 911
California Heartland’s Chris Burrous meets ranchers turned conservationists and conservationists turned cowboys - two groups who share the common goal of preserving California’s open spaces. Laura and guest chef Tony Baker from Montrio Bistro in Monterey toss up some Salinas Valley Greens with Asparagus, prosciutto and fresh shaved parmesan cheese. We hit the El Dorado Trail where you can go wine, berry and chocolate tasting all in one afternoon. Master Gardener Fred Hoffman gets to the root of problems in your yard. Find out how much water your plants really need to stay healthy.
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Episode 912
From table scraps to compost facility - food compost is made and used to grow safe, nutrient rich crops in farms around California. These crops make their way back to the table, which closes the full circle of this recycling process. Food and Lifestyle Expert Laura McIntosh and Tony Baker of Montrio Bistro in Monterey, demonstrate how easy it is to cook and eat an artichoke. Meet the 2nd generation Ceja Family and see how they're producing award-winning wine one grape at a time. Plus, the California restaurant serving up organic and healthy fast food. Master Gardener Kristine Hanson gives tips on keeping your Geraniums looking beautiful.
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Episode 913
We all know weeds can wreak havoc on our backyards, but what about thousands of acres of farmland? See the weed ranger who’s helping farmers stop the spread of invasive weeds. Food and Lifestyle Expert Laura McIntosh meets up with Nash Cognetti from Tra Vigne Restaurant in St. Helena. Together they create a Budino (Italian for pudding) using butternut squash topped with broiled quail. Plus, Ag Traveler Gary Gelfand gets behind the wheel, to show you just how fast and fun three top Ag-tourism attractions off I-80 can be! Growing bulbs have been around for a while, but Master Gardener, Kristine Hanson refreshes your memory by giving some helpful tips on growing tulip and daffodil bulbs for a beautiful garden landscape.
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Episode 914
See how school kids are helping keep Orange County's Tanaka Farms in business, while developers try to take over their land lease. Food and Lifestyle Expert Laura McIntosh teams up with Darren McRonald to make Gougeres with Arugula and Bacon. Meet a former pro baseball player who is now producing his own olive oil. Plus, explore the reknowned Forestiere underground gardens in Fresno where immigrants planted trees, shrubs and grapevines that date back to the early 1900s. Master Gardener Fred Hoffman offeres tips and tricks for keeping your drip irrigation system flowing freely and your plants happy.
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Episode 915
Members of the Slow Food Nation have planted an edible garden outside San Francisco's city hall not only to educate people about where food comes from, but to deliver food to those in need. Food and Lifestyle Expert Laura McIntosh and Chef Tony Baker from Montrio Bistro in Monterey fry up a tasty breakfast dish. See how California's oldest winery survives history. Plus, Master Gardener Fred Hoffman shows us how to grow and preserve heirloom tomatoes.
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Episode 916
Meet a group of female inmates in Chowchilla who are serving time by growing, harvesting, and processing California almonds. Food and lifestyle Expert, Laura McIntosh joins Rajko Marin from the Tadich Grill in San Francisco. Together they grill up fresh Ahi Tuna with prawns and throw them together on a bed of mixed micro greens, an easy and healthy recipe fresh from the sea and the farm.  Jennifer Quinonez meets Jimmy Williams, a man who started a business in Los Angeles selling organic plants, unusual herbs and vegetables.Venture to Carmel for the 17th Annual TomatoFest. Plus, Master Gardener Fred Hoffman shows you how to whack the weeds from your yard.
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Episode 917
See how an exotic fruit farmer rose from the ashes of a natural disaster. Food and Lifestyle Expert, Laura McIntosh joins chef Tony Baker from Montrio Bistro in Monterey. Together they whip up Pancetta Wrapped Lamb Loin served over Artichoke Ratatouille with Marjoram & a Sticky Lamb Glaze. Find out one San Diego grower's secret to producing sugary, sparkly edible flowers. In the early 1970s, Christmas trees and grape vines were the two crops the El Dorado Department of Agriculture suggested Madrona Vineyards founder Dick Bush consider growing on his newly acquired land in the Sierra foothills. Plus, Master Gardener Kristine Hanson shows you the safest plants for you and your pets.
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Episode 918
A group of UC Santa Cruz graduate students visit a 25-acre farm to get a lesson in how to produce fruits and vegetables. Guest chef Michael Fagnoni joins Food and Lifestyle Expert Laura McIntosh to toss up a simple and healthy dish that you can enjoy during the holiday or as a single entrée: Belgian endive, candied walnuts and oranges. Reporter Stephanie O'Neill visits the owner of The Orchid Wrangler David Stanley. The California Heartland team reports for duty at a Sebastopol Wine Boot Camp for training on how to produce wine. Master Gardener, Kristine Hanson dishes tips on how to keep your plants safe from the harsh winter months and out of frost’s way.
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Episode 919
Hear the inspiring story of designer Topher Delaney who has dedicated her life to helping people heal by designing spiritual gardens. We visit her at the UCSF Medical Center where she is installing her latest healing garden. Visit the Wohlford family of Escondido, which has been farming avocados and citrus trees for more than 100 years. Plus, tips on canning jam in your own kitchen.
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Episode 920
Poachers target one of the state's biggest farming products - caviar. Morningsun Herb Farms is a wholesale supplier of Herb and Perennial Plants to many retail nurseries in the Central California and Western States. Slide Mountain Ranch is a western-styled guest ranch with all the cowboy’ish things you’d expect: arenas, pine studded trails, barns, bunkhouse and horses. It’s the horses, however, which set this ranch apart from the usual guest ranch experience. Ride along with The Ag Traveler and learn the ropes of riding horseback. Plus, lack of water doesn't mean lack of fruit. Master Gardener Kristine Hanson gets tips from fruit tree expert, Ed Laivo from Dave Wilson’s Nursery on how to grow different varieties of fruit trees in your own yard.
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Episode 921
A man with a mission is helping to preserve California’s olive agricultural history!  Dan Sciabica’s mission - literally and figuratively - is to help the Dominican Sisters at Mission San Jose continue their long tradition of olive oil making.  Food and Lifestyle Expert, Laura McIntosh meets John Jackson from MIX restaurant to show you how to do something unique with nectarines, make a soup! By day, Ed Madrid is a criminal attorney and has been for 30 years. But while he fights for justice during his day job, the other side to this hard working, no nonsense lawyer is a cowboy who loves to team rope! Visit the fourth-generation Otow family farm in Granite Bay, known today for its ancient Japanese persimmon drying technique of hoshigaki. Master Gardener Kristine Hanson welcomes fellow Master Gardener, Nicolai Laquaglia and learns tips on composting.
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Episode 922
A Napa winery goes green. See how Benziger Family Winery breaks down the process of biodynamics and how it's producing better wine. Food and Lifestyle Expert, Laura McIntosh teams up with chef JR Rothenberger to rub meats the right way with JR’s famous dry rub and show you how to smoke brisket, pork ribs or chicken in your grill at home! Meet the culinary gardener who helps create the menu for the famed French Laundry Restaurant. Plus, the Ag Traveler explores the Monterey Bay.
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Episode 923
Spring is the perfect time to plant a new garden or beautify your yard. California Heartland puts together the very best of the homegrown gardening segments in an episode featuring Master Gardeners Fred Hoffman and Kristine Hanson. Hosted by KVIE’s Rob Stewart, this gardening special includes tips on choosing native plants, selecting the best flowers, and creating your own grove of citrus trees and other fruits.
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