“Meet Your Farmer,” a series of eight short films about Maine farms produced by North Haven-based filmmakers Cecily Pingree and Jason Mann, will have its broadcast premiere Thursday, May 19 at 10 p.m. on Maine Public Broadcasting Network television. Commissioned by Maine Farmland Trust of Belfast, an organization that works to preserve farm land in Maine for farming use, the films offer a glimpse at the many different types of farms in the state.

From the potato harvest in Aroostook County and the innovations of a seventh-generation farmer Downeast to the struggles of a dairy farmer in Western Maine, the short films remind viewers that farming is more than just a historical feature of Maine. They illustrate that farming in Maine is alive and well. Farms profiled in “Meet Your Farmer” operate in Hamlin, Scarborough, Freedom and Belfast, Penobscot, Manchester, Windsor, Farmington and Edmunds.

“We are extremely grateful that these eight farm families allowed us to catch a brief glimpse of their lives,” said co-director Mann. “We hope viewers will come away with a new respect and appreciation for the hard work that each and every Maine farmer does on a daily basis.”

Pingree and Mann run Pull-Start Pictures, a documentary production company on the island of North Haven. They shot and edited the films between early autumn 2009 and spring 2010 with help from cinematographer and composer Lindsay Mann of Brooklyn, N.Y.; editor Josh Povec of Belfast; and composer Joe Nelson (Toughcats) of Portland.

The films will be screened as part of MPBN’s Community Films program, which will be repeated Saturday, May 2 at 11 a.m.; show times are subject to change. For the latest information, visit mpbn.net. For more about the films, visit meetyourfarmer.org.