New Local Documentary Highlighting Local Farm Histories to Air on WNIN

The Midwest is home to many families who have made farming their life and career for generations.  Farms have been passed down, from generation to generation with families maintaining and living from their land.  Homegrown Heritage will present the stories of local farm families as they reminisce about their memories of growing up on the farm.  Homegrown Heritage highlights the personal stories of our local farm families as we meet a wide range of men and women who share the good and the bad times of farm life during the 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s.  The documentary will focus on what is was like growing up on a farm, the celebrations and tragedies, the farming community, the values farm life instilled in families, and the great memories that were created.

WNIN is committed to providing quality programming that highlights our rich local history.  Our rural communities make up a large portion of our audience and is one we feel is very important”, – Brad Kimmel, President and CEO of WNIN.

“It’s been such a pleasure to work on this community project. This project really speaks to the core mission of WNIN, “- Bonnie Rheinhardt, VP TV Programming & Operations, WNIN.

“I’m thankful to have met the many great people willing to share their farming memories. It really makes you appreciate their hard work and how far things have come. I can’t wait to share these kinds of stories with our viewers and let their stories be told.” – Brandon Mendel, Multi-media Producer, WNIN.

Homegrown Heritage, a WNIN production, premieres on 9.1 WNIN PBS, Channel 9 on Thursday, August 22, at 7:00pm.  There will be a special premiere screening in the Old National Public Theatre July 26, 2019, at 7pm.  More information is available at and  Watch the program trailer at