The drama of the show arises because many of these activities are made more challenging due to the height of the little people in the family, as Matt and Amy are 4'1" (124 cm) and Zach is 4'4" (132 cm).Jacob Roloff and family friend Mike Detjen were seriously injured in an accident on the family farm on Saturday, October 28, 2006 (episode aired April 9, 2007), when the family's trebuchet (which they use to launch pumpkins as part of the pumpkin season promotion) prematurely triggered.
While the farm and its many attractions have long been available for public viewing during pumpkin season (October), it is now receiving far more visitors than can be accommodated.Jacob was rushed to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland and underwent surgery to relieve swelling in his head caused by a small piece of skull pushed into his brain.Jacob and Mike recovered from the injuries and were released on Monday, October 30, 2006.Many of the episodes focus on the parents, Matt and Amy, and one of their children, Zach, who have dwarfism.On August 26, 2010, TLC announced that the sixth season would be the last for the show.Although crops of pumpkins are grown and sold by the family, much of the farm has been converted into a series of playground set pieces for the Roloff children.
They were designed by Matt, who spent most of his childhood in the hospital.
Although a TLC camera crew was at the farm recording footage, they were not in the area where the accident occurred. Prior to the airing of two new episodes on November 4, TLC aired a brief segment with Matt and Amy acknowledging the accident and thanking everyone for their support.
Jacob was shown with what appeared to be an injury around his right eye.
Matt, Amy, and Zach have dwarfism, while Jeremy, Molly, and Jacob are of normal height.
Zach and Jeremy are fraternal twins; although Jeremy is of normal height, his brother Zach is a little person (3'1", or 94 cm).) Roloff Farms, located north of Hillsboro in Helvetia, Oregon (a suburb of Portland).
Area residents have complained about the gridlock caused by the visitors, as well as about the increased media scrutiny the show has brought.