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It's a new generation on King Colony and nobody knows this better than 19-year-old Claudia—King Colony's rebel party girl. When she's not helping her mom, Bertha, in the kitchen, Claudia can be found fishing or hunting with the guys, putting on makeup, jamming out to pop music, or re-imagining Hutterite fashion. Check her status on Facebook and you'll read how much she hates gossip but definitely likes to get into "just the right amount" of trouble with her twin brother Clinton and younger brother Carver.
Toby has been the beef cow manager of King Colony for six years, responsible for herding more than 300 heads of cattle, checking the cows for pregnancy, and delivering the baby calves in frigid winter temperatures. It's an important gig because every year the cows bring in about a quarter of the financial earnings of the colony. Around harvest time, you'll find Toby hauling hay, fixing fences, helping brothers Marvin and Sam, or chopping off heads at the duck barn—a job he's had for almost 12 years.
As Head Cook and supervisor of King Colony's kitchen, Bertha would be the first to tell you that it's not easy preparing all the meals for nearly 60 people, six days a week. But no matter how difficult the task, Bertha always (as a rule) starts and ends her day with a smile. Nothing brings more joy to her life than spending time with her teenagers, Claudia, Carver, and Clinton, but the pain of losing her husband to suicide six years ago is a constant test of her faith.
As the Renaissance man of King Colony, Wesley can pretty much do it all. He somehow found time between farming duties to earn a college degree online in business administration and law with just a 12kbps Internet connection. You'll find him passing the time in the tractor listening to political talk radio or programming a new GPS software in the seeder to help save money and time for the colony. He's also a certified public water operator, part-time school bus driver, and volunteer firefighter.
Carver has had a difficult six years since he lost his father to suicide. Growing up without a dad is hard for any young man, but Carver feels fortunate to have the support of his two siblings who encourage him to stay strong through bouts of anger. After high school, Carver wants to start a life on the outside, but for the time being, he's content tending to the livestock and being a handyman around the house for his mom, Bertha.
Anthony, Wesley's brother and Carver's best friend, is one of the most athletic teenagers on the colony. He loves basketball and football and earned the nickname "Sparkplug" for being really fast on the field. A loyal Patriots fan to the core, "Tony 6" (his jersey number) dreams of going to college with a football scholarship and getting drafted to the NFL to play professionally, but knows it would be difficult to leave life on the colony.
I greatly enjoy this show, and I, too agree that one can 'smell' what has been contrived. Unfortunately, a pure concept (exploring the richness and uniqueness of the colony) has turned into a rural example of John and Kate plus Eight! Claudia, Wesley and Bertha are so refreshing in their purity, and their almost 'closeted' search for stuff in the outside world, while still honoring the traditions. God Bless all!
National Geographic could have dressed the Hutterites in mini skirts and high heels, and their goodness and kindness would still have shone through. Most of us could see the situations that were set up, but we were still interested in the behind-the-scenes things too. .The only change I would make to their way of life is to give the kids a choice about how far they take their education. Surely it would be beneficial to the community to have university graduates running the farm and keeping the books. But there needs to be room for the kids who are not academic and who simply want to run the cattle or the kitchen. What a lovely way of life.
I am SO, SO disappointed to learn that there won't be a 2nd season ~ I just LOVE the Hofer family and the whole effort to bring their history and traditions alive. I looked forward to watching each episode and always felt motivated afterward. I wish there was some way National Geographic could apologize to the elders and all of those who were hurt regarding the way Hutterites were represented. The Hofer's have taught me so much and I'm sad to see them go.
kia ora my name junior just want say you guys are choice.moden thing dont mean much 2day stick to the things thats being given to you