“Growing Home,” a new first-of-its-kind 30-minute television program, will begin airing at 11 a.m. Sundays beginning Jan. 8 on NBC affiliate WLBZ2 in Bangor and WCSH6 in Portland.

The documentary series is the first to tell the stories of U.S. veterans who have transitioned to a life of agriculture and outdoor-related careers, according to a news release from Up County Productions Inc. The show’s website GrowingHomeTV.com officially launches on Friday, Jan. 6. The address currently forwards to the program’s Facebook page.

The program was filmed mostly across the state of Maine at 15 locations including homestead farms, deer farms, potato farms, a winery and more. “Growing Home” is hosted by Clint Bruce, a former Special Operations Officer and ex college and NFL football player. Bruce provides insight and encouragement to the viewers based on his own experiences.

According to the release, Maine’s beautiful landscapes, strong agricultural communities, and one of the highest percentages of veterans per-capita, made the location a perfect fit for the production. The 13-episode series is being produced by Maine natives at Up Country Productions Inc. with offices in Hermon, Maine, and Houston, Texas.

Along with much current national attention on the veteran community, the movement of veterans into agriculture is an emerging trend that the USDA and the VA have worked to promote. The producers feel that this show’s relevance and timeliness will help it find its way to a national audience after its initial run across Maine.

About Up Country Productions Inc:

Up Country was formed by Maine natives, Deborah Gould and cousins Kit and Lane McCall. Gould provides the sales and marketing expertise. Kit McCall graduated from the New England School of Communications. Lane McCall graduated from the New York Film Academy. Together, they bring a combined 30 years of production experience to the company.

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