Interview with Matt Roloff, Father on "Little People Big World"
I had the great opportunity to interview Mr. Matt Roloff. Matt is the father on the TLC TV show “Little People Big World.” I learned about the new season on TLC, the family's status, and the progress of Matt's business: the farm!
I remember a previous episode where the pumpkin farm was in a bit of trouble, but ended up being a great success. Have you implemented changes or maintained effective procedures to continue that success?
Absolutely! That’s probably the most relevant question I’ve been asked today! We have tripled the size of the farm by buying the farm next door. The owner passed away so we offered to take over the land. We are so excited to have this large expansion. It will give us plenty of elbow room so we aren’t on top of each other. There will be lots more parking. I can’t tell you how excited we are about this expansion. We’ll be able to cut down on traffic which will make our neighbors very happy! This also answers the cliff hangers that the audience was left with in the last episode of the previous season. We were debating on selling the farm, but we decided to keep it!
Does the farm offer any new features, buildings, or events coming up?
Our most popular event is the month long pumpkin picking on our farm. We only charge $2 per car so a family of 4 will cost $0.50 each! This is an affordable day adventure for a family to stay and explore the farm. There is always more to explore at Roloff Farm. We built a hotel for goats, a “Noah’s Ark,” a doll house, and renovated the tree house. There will be something new for everyone, even if they have been here before.
The family photos are great. The kids are growing up and all of America has been following. Have the kids voiced how the TV show impacts their personal lives?
The kids have done amazingly well under the scrutiny of the TV show. I think they’ve done great. For the most part, our kids have a good time and focus on the good things in life. They are really well adjusted to the cameras around, but they have gone through normal kid-growing-up spells. They understand their life was going to be broadcast on TV with their crazy dad. They haven’t been influenced by a Hollywood syndrome. They are real life kids with real friends – the kids ignore the fandom and “celebrity” that might come with the show. Me, the dad, does what he can, to do different things and what makes sense – presenting opportunities to them. Camera or no camera, they aren’t particularly interested in being a celebrity.Continued on the next page