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Subject: History

Timeblazers: History and More Series

"Highly Recommended. Each episode provides an interesting, engaging history lesson packaged in a kid-friendly format. Viewers can discuss what we can learn from history. What lessons have historical events taught us? How have things we take for granted today evolved over the centuries? Viewers can have fun looking Click for more

24. Farming: Down on the Farm

24. Farming: Down on the Farm

Alex (Stephen Joffe) loves spaghetti and wants to create his own spaghetti sauce from scratch. Enter the Timeblazers, Jen (Heidi Leigh) and Sam (Mike Ackerman), who shuttle him back in time to the year 8000 B.C., where he learns that without farming, history would have never got going in the first place. He discover that different crops were raised, different tools were invented, and a variety of animals was raised by different people all over the world; for example, in ancient Mesopotamia, people grew wheat and barley, in Southeast Asia they grew yams and rice; in Asia, ancient farmers domesticated the pig, in western Europe, cattle, and in South America, llamas and Guinea pigs. They knew the importance of fertilizing their crops; then around the year 6000 B.C. in the area now known as Iraq, they invented irrigation, to help water their crops. More food meant more people, which eventually turned into the development of towns and cities. Then to 1841, in Ireland, when a terrible disease struck the potato, this country's staple crop, which led to a famine, which led millions to emigrate to North America, where there were great opportunities to farm. The inventions of mechanized farm machinery, such as John Deere's plow and Ford's gas-powered tractor meant farmers could plow, plant and harvest faster and more efficiently than ever before. 05/10DE IJ 30 min.
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