Premiered December, 2017, on PBS.

Across America, veterans are quietly returning to the land, digging in, and creating new lives as farmers and caretakers, feeding themselves and others. In Lidia Celebrates America: Homegrown Heroes, Lidia pays homage to the men and women of our military and all they’ve sacrificed for this country. The film focuses on our veterans’ return home and their transitions to farming. Lidia is a firm believer that food feeds our souls: “Food is the single great unifier across all cultures. The table offers a sanctuary and a place to come together for unity and understanding.”

Freedom doesn’t come by itself or stay by itself; it’s guarded. And it’s guarded by the veterans that are willing to give their life… to protect that freedom. For me that’s a great gift. ~ Lidia Bastianich

Meet Our Homegrown Heroes


More From Homegrown Heroes

  • Go Behind the Scenes Go Behind the Scenes Go behind the scenes with Lidia, and view slideshows of some of the people and places she visited while filming Homegrown Heroes.
  • Matt SmileyMatt Smiley A former paratrooper and disabled veteran, Matt Smiley believes soldiers are uniquely suited to the life of a farmer.
  • The Farmer Veteran CoalitionThe Farmer Veteran Coalition The Farmer Veteran Coalition is a group that helps veterans transition to farming.
  • Stories of ServiceStories of Service Additional PBS Resources for Veterans

A Celebratory Meal

Join Lidia as she toasts the veterans at the Thomas Fogarty Winery in Woodside, California.



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