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Growing A Greener World
Growing a Greener World® is an award-winning TV show appearing on national Public Television that features organic gardening, green living and farm-to-table cooking. Each episode focuses on compelling and inspirational people making a positive impact on the planet through gardening and shares DIY information that we can all use at home. Currently in its fifth season, this gardening series covers everything from edible gardening, urban homesteading and hobby farming to seasonal cooking, canning and preserving the harvest.
Distributed by: American Public Television (APT)
Joe combines his television experience and expertise of gardening, environmental stewardship and passion for living a more eco-friendly life, as creator, host and executive producer of the award-winning national public television series, Growing a Greener World®, which focuses on the stories of people, places and organizations that are doing good things for the planet, with an emphasis on gardening.
Creating An Eco-Friendly Landscape from the Ground Up
Orlando, FL. - Most homeowners understand the value of gardening in an eco-friendly manner, but many of us need guidance on how to do it properly. Something as simple as choosing the right plant for the right space can greatly reduce the impact we have on the earth. This episode touches on some of the most common mistakes we all make and offers practical, simple tips for gardening in a more earth-friendly way. It also demonstrates to viewer show taking just a few of these simple steps will create healthier plants, tastier produce and a safer environment for us all to enjoy.
More Ways to Create an Eco-Friendly Landscape at Home
Orlando, FL. - In the previous episode, we uncovered some of the most common "non-green" choices we all make when gardening, and offered some better choices and simple solutions. In this episode, we expand the discussion with ideas on conserving water, providing wildlife habitats, and reducing air pollution. We reveal some of the latest research on how houseplants, including herbs, are doing more to clean our indoor environment than we ever knew possible.
Phipps Conservatory - The Greenest Conservatory in the World
Pittsburgh, PA. - Over 100 years ago, wealthy businessman Henry Phipps built the Phipps Conservatory as a gift to the city of Pittsburg at the height of our nation's industrial revolution. Today Phipps has become a model for public gardens and conservatories around the world for sustainable building practices, energy conservation and eco-friendly methods. In the process, the Phipps Conservatory has earned the distinction of being "America's greenest garden" and the greenest conservatory in the world.
Growing Power - Will Allen's Story of Inspiration through a Garden
Milwaukee, WI. - In 1993, Growing Power was an organization with teens that needed a place to work. Will Allen (a 2008 MacArthur Foundation Fellow) was a farmer with land. Allen designed a program that offered teens an opportunity to work at his store and renovate the greenhouses to grow food for their community, along with the farming methods and educational programs that are now the hallmark of the non-profit organization. What started as a simple partnership to change the landscape of the north side of Milwaukee, has blossomed into a national nonprofit organization and land trust with a global commitment to sustainable food systems.
Composting 101 and Beyond
Seattle, WA. - Healthy plants start with healthy soil, and the single best amendment you can add to any soil is compost. It's full of the primary nutrients your plants need, along with beneficial microorganisms no manufactured product can provide. In addition, compost takes yard waste and kitchen scraps that might otherwise be destined for a landfill and keeps them at home, where they become black gold for your garden. This episode demonstrates that it is neither difficult nor expensive to make compost in your own backyard.
Urban Beekeeping - What's All The Buzz About?
Seattle, WA. - Backyard urban beekeeping is becoming more popular than ever, due in part to people's response to the mysterious die-off of many bee hives, known as colony collapse disorder. With high demand for fresh, local honey, combined with the important role bees play in a healthy garden, more people are setting up backyard hives than ever before. On this episode, we follow one such Seattle beekeeper to see what all the buzz is about.
The Edible Schoolyard - Using The Garden As The Classroom
Berkeley, CA. - The Edible Schoolyard is a shining example of how a garden can be used as an outdoor classroom, utilizing all of the children's senses to bring book-learning to life. This public middle school classroom uses a natural setting to teach every aspect of its core curriculum (math, science, language arts, social studies, nutrition awareness, etc.). Students learn about the full garden cycle and also learn to cook with what they grow. Viewers will discover how even small aspects of such a program can be incorporated into their own communities.
Fetzer: The Most Earth-Friendly Winery In America
Mendocino, CA. - Fetzer winery has won numerous awards for its quality wines and commitment to the environment. Fetzer not only produces wines in a very sustainable, responsible way, but also shares its knowledge openly with others in the industry in the hopes of shifting them to more environmental practices. The winery's goal is to create wines that are as good for the earth as they are on the palate, setting a fine example of what can be done at a corporate level, as well as what we can do in our own gardens to make a difference.
Annie's Annuals - Preserving Heirlooms While Promoting the Environment
Richmond, CA. - A few miles away from San Francisco sits a small wholesale/retail nursery called Annie's Annuals and Perennials. The business specializes in rare and heirloom plants that larger, commercial operations pass buy. In addition, everything at Annie's is grown the old-fashioned way: from seed, out in the wind, rain and sun. There are no greenhouses or machines. Viewers will learn about independent nurseries' practices such as biodegradable plant labels, recycling programs and eco-friendly growing practices. They will also find out how adding rare and heirloom plants to their own gardens can help preserve the species for the future.
Farmer D - A Young Man's Campaign to Lead By Example
Atlanta, GA. - Forget any stereotype of the farmer you may hold. Let go of any notion of the humble rustic in overalls of yesteryear and even the jacketed corporate farmer of today. Farmer D is an entirely new brand of farmer with a thumb more "green" than any of his predecessors. Born in South Africa in 1976, Daron 'Farmer D' Joffe, is the model of today's more eco-conscience farmer and the future of agriculture's more sustainable tomorrow. He lives to make a difference because of his passion for the earth and the biodynamic methodologies-available to us all--that can save it.
The Power of Worms - Vermicompost As An Organic Marvel
Sonoma, CA Princeton, NJ. - While worms are an important ingredient of the soil, they can steal the show in the compost pile. With vermicompost, worms do all the work of breaking down and decomposing kitchen scraps, turning it into nutrient rich castings for the garden. They take the garbage and turn it into black gold for the garden. This episode explores home vermicomposting, visits a commercial harvesting operation, and tours a "zero waste" company turning worm waste into a multi-million dollar operation as a natural fertilizer alternative.
Recycling Horticulture Waste - Making Better Choices One Pot at a Time
St. Louis, MO. - Each year, millions of plastic plant containers are not recycled. Instead they, along with millions of tons of other plastic, clog our solid waste stream and contribute to a growing but avoidable problem. The good news is that many companies are working hard to fix this problem. Viewers will learn what their choices are in the horticultural world today and how they can help eliminate this problem, one pot at a time.
All About Pruning - The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
Columbus, OH Mt. Airy, NC Seattle, WA. - Pruning trees and perennials can be very beneficial. It helps shape the plant while promoting future growth. But if done incorrectly, it can do more harm than good. To help viewers understand the truth about pruning, we bring in the experts, such as best-selling garden author Tracy Desabato-Aust, to demonstrate the science behind the practice and offer real life examples of how to do it correctly. Viewers learn the benefits, common mistakes and step-by-step instruction on how to promote healthy plants with careful pruning.
Living Homegrown Fresh - Raising Food & Livestock in Urban Backyards
Los Angeles, CA. - In today's world, we can eat out-of-season fruit and vegetables on any given day of the year. But there is a price to be paid for such luxuries. On average, the food we eat today travels 1500 miles from farm to fork, having a negative impact on the environment. But many home gardeners are changing that. Discover how to "keep it close to home" with purchases and pursuits, so we can achieve a more organic and fresh lifestyle without adversely impacting the environment.
Native Plants and Invasives & Certified Wildlife Habitats
Austin, TX. The human love affair with plants dates back thousands of years. When overseas travel became possible, exotic plants were common cargo on ships all across the world. Unfortunately, many of those plants proved to be far more aggressive outside of their native range. At the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center we explain why some exotic plants are dangerous, how gardeners can prevent further spread of some of the more aggressive species, and how using the right native plant for a particular space can make gardening easier for people and better for the planet. We also visit a private native garden that is a certified wildlife habitat and look at what is involved in bringing nature to our own back door. In the kitchen, Chef Nathan uses an American native fruit, to create a baked blueberry clafouti.
Seed Savers Exchange - Saving the Planet by Saving Seeds
Decorah, IA. On an 890-acre farm in Iowa, the horticultural heritage of America is being preserved one seed at a time. The Seed Savers Exchange, a non-profit, member-supported organization, uses this farm to save and share the heirloom seeds of our garden heritage, creating a living legacy that can be passed on to future generations. Viewers will learn how to save seeds from their own garden and will better understand the importance of doing so. Chef Nathan uses fresh garlic to create a wonderful Italian pasta puttanesca.
Waterwise Gardening - Simple Solutions to Reduce Water Usage
Philadelphia, PA. For some, urban agriculture might seem like a new idea. But for the people at Greensgrow Farm, it's been their work and way of life for over 10 years. What was once a thriving galvanized steel plant, was eventually abandoned as an industrial brown field-hardly the kind of place you'd imagine for growing edible plants- But then again, most people don't have the entrepreneurial vision of Greensgrow's cofounder, Mary Seaton Corboy! About three miles north from the Downtown skyscrapers of Philadelphia and tucked within densely packed row houses, lies this pioneering urban farm, providing locally grown food for a community that often has little, while managing to survive as a profitable business in the process. It is a shining example of what can be done with a very small space when using sustainable practices. Chef Nathan uses butternut squash to create a hardy and delicious soup.
Waterwise Gardening - Simple Solutions To Reduce Water Usage & Manage Runoff
San Diego, CA and Seattle, WA. Water is a precious and limited resource, and we are using it at unsustainable rates. But with the proper education and numerous ways to irrigate more efficiently, we can still enjoy a beautiful thriving landscape on a lot less water. This episode visits author and waterwise expert, Nan Sterman to explore the best ways to irrigate your garden and how to preserve the soil moisture you already have. The episode also visits a rain garden, where viewers learn how to retain the water that naturally occurs in the landscape and learn more methods for preserving this valuable resource. In the kitchen, Chef Nathan uses drought tolerant herbs to demonstrate simple ways to add layers of flavor to our meals.
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs
Pennington, NJ, Bedford Hills, NY and Ranger, GA. Community Supported Agricultural programs (also known as CSAs) are sweeping the country as a way for consumers to have access to the freshest, local and organically grown produce and more. For those that don't have the time or space to grow their own, it is the perfect partnership between the farmer and consumer. We visit the oldest and largest certified organic CSA programs in New Jersey and Georgia as well as another program in New York that has developed into a sort of an organic buyers club. Viewers learn how CSAs work, how to find one in their area and the benefits of being a part of this "growing" community. Chef Nathan uses farm fresh goat cheese featured in the show to create a decadent cheesecake.
Community Gardens- Growing So Much More Than Plants
Columbus, OH, Seattle, WA and Portland, OR. Having an opportunity to participate in a community garden builds a sense of community like nothing else. It provides opportunities for exercise, education, therapy, relaxation and social interaction, along with preserving green space and conserving resources. By looking at several prime examples of community gardens in action, this episode demonstrates how the benefits of a neighborhood garden can reach far beyond the garden gates, bringing people closer to the earth and closer to each other. Using kale fresh from the garden, Chef Nathan creates a ribollita, also known as a Tuscan vegetable and bread soup.
Green Roofs and Rooftop Gardens - The Sky's The Limit
Chicago, IL and Charlotte, NC. One of the biggest global opportunities we have to positively impact our carbon footprint is to plant "green roofs". Rooftops across America and the planet offer nearly untapped, limitless space to plants perennials, shrubs, even trees that can cool the air in and above our homes and offices, absorb carbon dioxide, return oxygen, reduce runoff, filter pollutants and provide habitats for birds and other wildlife. And if that weren't enough, they also provide a welcomed respite for mind and body. Green roofs are rapidly gaining popularity in commercial and residential design. From an up close and personal tour of the famous rooftop gardens at Chicago's city hall and the Lurie Garden at Millennium Park, to a demonstration of how to implement a smaller homegrown version, we'll explore the beauty, contribution and huge opportunity green roofs offer us all as we look for more great ways to Grow a Greener World. Chef Nathan uses one of the most common roof top vegetables, the tomato, to create something delicious in the GGW kitchen.
Organic Gardening - Creating A Garden Ecosystem
Kutztown, PA. Organic gardening in its simplest form is gardening without the use of synthetic, manmade chemicals, while focusing on building the fertility of the soil. But gardening organically also means to think of your garden as part of a whole ecosystem. Everything from water, soil and insects to wildlife and people play a valuable role in this system. Interviews with Maria and Maya Rodale of the Rodale Institute will shed light on this eco-friendly way of gardening. This episode explores exactly what organic gardening is while guiding the viewers through the benefits and the bottom line. Chef Nathan uses apples to create a spicy fall dish.
Natural Pest Control - Discovering Eco-friendly Solutions to an Old Problem
Allentown, PA. As our society gradually turns to more eco-friendly practices, one solution for pest control has been with us since the beginning of time. Biological control, using natural predators and insects to keeps pests in check, is gaining ground as the eco-friendly method of choice. But beyond the prolific and popular lady beetle, lies a host of not-so-well known insects and products that are surprisingly efficient at keeping pest populations in check. This episode looks at finding and promoting natural predators in the garden and also discusses incorporating natural bacteria and plant derivatives when a bug problem gets out of hand. Nothing beats the taste of fresh picked corn and Chef Nathan shows us how to use that corn to perfection in the kitchen.
Thomas Jefferson & Monticello - A True Organic Gardener in Action
Charlottesville, VA. Thomas Jefferson has made his mark in history for many things. But to gardeners, he holds a special place of honor. As a seed saver, plant propagator, organic gardener, lover of compost and manure, Jefferson's pioneering, organic practices with plants and soil are still in use today. Thanks to his meticulous records and the historic preservation of the grounds, we can step back in time to see how one of the most famous green gardeners in history lived out his passion for gardening at Monticello. We also learn how we can apply many of his "tried and true" gardening methods to our own gardens today. Chef Nathan uses Thomas Jefferson's favorite vegetable, the pea, to create a fantastic pea soup with bacon, creme fraiche and mint.
Washington, DC and Chicago, IL. According to guest Rose Haden Smith, an expert on gardening and U.S. History, "The Victory Gardens of World War I and World War II helped Americans weather hard times. They helped the family budget; improved dietary practices; reduced the food mile and saved fuel; beautified communities; and empowered every citizen to contribute to a national effort." The current struggling economy has caused a resurgence of Victory Gardens across America. In this episode, we explore the concept of the Victory Garden and investigate the USDA's new initiative called "The People's Garden" to help communities create their own gardens across America. From Washington, DC to a small urban garden that replaces a front lawn, viewers learn how it is possible to grow a season's worth of vegetables for very little money. Using a common Victory Garden vegetable, Chef Nathan creates a sauteed Swiss chard frittata.
The Best People of Season One
During our first season, we met some of the rock stars of gardening, sustainability, urban farming and environmental stewardship. This episode recaps some of our most memorable visits and well worth a second look! From the Pied Piper of Urban Farming, Will Allen, the founding family of organic gardening, Maria & Maya Rodale and USDA's Secretary of State, Tom Vilsack, we brought our GGW viewers along for the conversations.
The Best Places of Season One
While taping 26 episodes for our first season, we traveled to 18 states and 28 cities. We were granted access to some of the hottest places in horticulture. All visits were special, but these stand out as a few of the best. From Fetzer's Earth Friendly Vineyard, to Berkeley's Edible Schoolyard, the urban farming wonderland - Greens Grow Farms and Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, these just scratched the surface on all the great places we took GGW viewers to in season one.
Greenhouses for Year-Round Growing
No matter how big or small, from commercial growing to the simplest homemade version, there's a greenhouse for any budget. They make year round growing a possibility no matter where you live. This episode covers the basics and shows off some great places as examples to inspire viewers that anyone can do it.
From Seed to Cellar; Living Homegrown Fresh
With shrinking yards and budgets, the move towards more self-sufficiency and urban homesteading is one of the hottest topics today. We visit one Los Angeles urban homesteader to see how she supplements many daily provisions for her family, right from her own backyard. From raising backyard chickens, growing herbs and vegetables to preserving the bounty, this urban homesteader does it all with approachable and transferrable tips and ideas.
The Northwest Flower & Garden Show; Behind the Scenes of Making it Great
As we visit one of the greatest flower and garden shows of our time, we go behind the scenes to see every part of how the show comes together. From bare indoor space, to awe inspiring, full-blown gardens, from award-winning designers, world-renowned speakers, every year gardeners from around the world just can't get enough of this great show.
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