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Life In The Heart Land

“Life In The Heart Land” dives deep into the heart of America to meet the neighbors and organizations that are creating unique solutions to rural America’s toughest challenges. These collaborators are breaking down divides and roadblocks to build new pathways to meaningful, positive outcomes that have the power to inspire empathy and action and to transform other communities across the nation.

Broadband/Connection

26m 23s

In rural parts of America, many residents lack access to high-speed Internet. Major carriers can’t make it cost-effective to serve low-density areas, and government funding for broadband infrastructure has been minimal. “Life in the Heart Land” explores how Virginia electric co-ops are bringing broadband to Virginia's rural communities.

Episodes

  • Broadband/Connection: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Broadband/Connection

    S1 E108 - 26m 23s

    In rural parts of America, many residents lack access to high-speed Internet. Major carriers can’t make it cost-effective to serve low-density areas, and government funding for broadband infrastructure has been minimal. “Life in the Heart Land” explores how Virginia electric co-ops are bringing broadband to Virginia's rural communities.

  • Agricultores: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Agricultores

    S1 E107 - 26m 45s

    As a so-called “nation of immigrants,” the U.S. has variously welcomed and rejected people who come here from other countries. Recognizing the value of diversity both in farming and culture, Virginia State University runs a Small Farm Outreach Program to direct resources, information, and support to people of color. Learn how immigrants in rural Virginia succeed as small farm “agricultores”.

  • Monacan Nation: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Monacan Nation

    S1 E106 - 25m 25s

    The Monacan Indian Nation received federal recognition in 2018, but the Monacan people have lived in Virginia for thousands of years. In the 1920s they were the target of eugenics movements that attempted to erase their identity. Today, they number around 2500 members. Together with tribal governments in eastern Virginia, they are working to reclaim land and identity that has always been theirs.

  • Housing: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Housing

    S1 E105 - 26m 15s

    One out of every seven Virginians pays over 50% of their income in housing costs. In 2021, a group of Virginia’s Habitat for Humanity affiliates formed the Virginia Statewide Community Land Trust, to address what chairman Darryl Neher calls a housing market failure. Learn how a community land trust operates and how it can help those struggling to find affordable housing in rural Virginia.

  • Farming: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Farming

    S1 E104 - 26m 16s

    Since 1920 Americans living on farms has dropped from 30% to 1% with the number of black farmers plummeting from around a million to only about 50,000. Uncover the challenges facing black and white multigenerational farmers and learn how some farmers are building a more reliable bottom line through regenerative agriculture and rotational grazing.

  • Recycling/Plastics: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Recycling/Plastics

    S1 E103 - 26m 35s

    In 2017 China stopped receiving foreign waste materials creating a major disruption in the status quo of U.S. recycling forcing a reckoning of how waste products are and can be recycled and repurposed. Explore the feasibility of both small- and large-scale solutions for what to do with our plastic waste and how to create circular economy that protects the planet.

  • Justice Reform: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Justice Reform

    S1 E102 - 26m 47s

    With jail population becoming a problem for rural and urban communities, the board for Middle River Regional Jail is under pressure to expand their facility but activists insist resources should be spent on preventative measures. Learn more about this difficult issue from many different perspectives including the concept of restorative justice.

  • Food Insecurity: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Food Insecurity

    S1 E101 - 26m 38s

    Explore the complex issues of food access and equity in rural Virginia as well as solutions ranging from 2 sisters turning an unused urban lot into a thriving community garden to a County Administrator creating a food pantry that serves a rural food desert. Learn what drives these inequalities and how to build a regional food system that serves everybody

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