Reporting Dave Crawley
VALENCIA (KDKA) — “Tim! You’re down there!”
Director John Venner cues Tim King, who lets the cows out to pasture, as cameras roll.
Stage 3 Productions is taping the second season of “Farm Kings,” a popular show on GAC, the Great American Country network.
It’s a learning experience for the crew from Philadelphia, as well as the fourth generation farmers of Valencia.
“We have a great team here,” Venner says. “Our crew knows what to do, and we just try to stay away from the electric fence.”
Tim says there’s no danger of the nine brothers and one sister falling victim to the pitfalls of sudden fame.
“We spend a lot of our time working,” he explains. “And we spend our spare time together. So we don’t go out much in the public because we’re so busy.”
“It’s changed in the fact that you run into a lot more people when you go out,” his brother Pete admits. “Other than that, I mean I feel pretty much the same and I have the same goals.”
“Farm Kings” is a rallying cry for the “grow local” movement. But there are some minor drawbacks.
During the first season, they learned it takes a little bit longer to get the chores done with camera crews following them around. But the family adjusted, and now they say it’s worth it.
“Not much has changed,” Joe King says. “You know, we had our vision and we’ve been working at it. This just helps us market ourselves better, and it definitely opens up some doors for some new opportunity. So we’re just embracing it.”
Farm Kings, Season 2 debuts at 9 p.m. tonight on the GAC (Great American Country) network.
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