It shouldn’t surprise our readers that as a reporter, we gain some pretty cool experiences.

Yesterday was no different. It was one of those cool experiences.

I actually got to see the filming of a reality series. The best part is, the stars of the show are actually faithful Farm and Dairy readers! The next best thing was that I didn’t have to travel far for the taping.

The show is called, Farm Kings and it will air on the channel, GAC.

Farm Kings is about a family with 10 children, ranging in age from 29-11, determined to make a living farming with their mom.

They are vegetable growers, and have even built a bakery in recent years to sell baked items at their farmers markets.

Dan, 22, wants to built a cattle operation and intertwine that into the farm operation. That’s the reason they were filming at the Mercer Livestock Auction.

The farm is located between Valencia and Butler, Pa. near state Route 8.

I just think it is so cool — with all the drama in the reality series we view on television — a network thought a series about nine brothers trying to make a living farming would be entertaining.

I talked to the mother of the 10 children, Lisa King. She said the series is about the challenges facing young people in the farming industry and how they keep moving forward.

She said the family wants viewers to take away this from the series: Support your local farmers!

What a great way to get the message through to those who don’t farm. Maybe if those who are disconnected see the trying times and challnges farmers are facing, they will decide to support farmers.

I know from the stories I write and what I hear talking to others, there are enough challenges to fill at least 30 minutes a week!

The series premiere will air 9 p.m. June 14 and then 10 episodes will air beginning in September.

I say we should plan a viewing party just so we can say, how cool it is to have real working farmers on television doing what they do best!

Kristy Foster Seachrist lives in Columbiana County raising sheep and horses with her husband, Kurt. She earned her degree from Youngstown State University and has worked in both print and broadcast journalism.
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