Explore 21st-century farming in Connecticut with the new series Harvesting Connecticut.
Produced and hosted by Alex Caserta, Harvesting Connecticut explores how farms and farmers have responded to changing technology and markets. Growers and livestock farmers have had to balance the traditional approaches that were handed down to them with the realities of today’s business climate. As a result, they are innovating to stay successful.
Harvesting Connecticut brings viewers on-location so they can meet the farmers and hear their stories of innovation firsthand. Viewers also learn about the fascinating history of the land on which these farms reside, exploring both the past and the possible future of farming.
In addition, helpful and timely information is shared about the locations and varieties of crops that are Connecticut-grown, and where to purchase them; the modern farm-to-table and local food movements; the importance of land stewardship; and more.
Where to Watch
The five-episode series airs on CPTV Spirit on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. beginning September 17, 2020. Episodes will encore on CPTV Spirit on the following Mondays at 10:30 a.m. and Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. They will also encore on CPTV on the following Mondays at 11 p.m.
In addition, all episodes are available to stream below on this page, on video.cptv.org, and on CPTV and PBS streaming platforms.
Each episode features a different farm from throughout Connecticut, including:
324 Woodstock Road, Woodstock, CT (street address is for the Farm to Table Market)
Episode premiered Saturday, June 20; now available to stream below.
Route 169, Pomfret, CT
Episode premiered Saturday, June 27; now available to stream below.
Jonathan Edwards Winery
74 Chester Main Road, North Stonington, CT
Episode premiered Saturday, July 4; now available to stream below.
12 Orchard Lane, Gales Ferry, CT
Episode premiered Saturday, July 11; now available to stream below.
523 Taugwonk Road, Stonington, CT
Episode premiered Saturday, July 18; encores Sunday, August 2 at 11:30 a.m. on CPTV Spirit. Also now available to stream below.
NOTE: Harvesting Connecticut was filmed in 2019 before the COVID-19 pandemic began to impact farms, wineries and cideries. For info on hours and events, visit the following websites:
- Elm Farm – www.facebook.com/farmtotablemarketct
- Lapsley Orchard – www.lapsleyorchard.com
- Jonathan Edwards Winery – www.jedwardswinery.com
- Holmberg Orchards – www.holmbergorchards.com
- Stonington Vineyards – www.stoningtonvineyards.com
Harvesting Connecticut is a production of Caserta Productions, LLC.
This project was funded in part by the Connecticut Department of Agriculture through the Community Investment Act.