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Growing a Greener World is a groundbreaking television series that delivers the latest trends in eco-friendly living mixed with traditional gardening know-how to a modern audience. The series will inspire viewers of all ages with stunning HD video, a fresh and engaging style, and always a compelling story. Each episode will feature the people, organizations, and events that are making a difference in our world today by raising awareness and influencing others to better stewardship of the environment we all share.


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S01E01 ECHO: Helping Underdeveloped Countries Grow Their Own Food (Ft. Myers, FL) 06/05/2010 ECHO (Educational Concern for Hunger Organization) is an organization that uses the power of agriculture on a global scale to reduce hunger and improve lives in underdeveloped countries. ECHO provides students and overseas development workers with agricultural skills and resources to help those who are just one failed crop away from starvation.
S01E02 Creating an Eco-Friendly Landscape From the Ground Up (Orlando, FL) 20/05/2010 In this episode Joe and Patti touch on some of the ?most common mistakes we all make, most of the time without realizing it. They offer practical, simple tips for gardening? in a more earth?friendly way as they help one homeowner begin a sustainable landscaping project.
S01E03 More Ways to Create an Eco-Friendly Landscape at Home (Orlando, FL) 30/05/2010 Creating an eco-friendly garden at home is catching on all around the country as we strive to create more sustainable outdoor spaces. But for many of us, it’s still an ongoing process as we work with our existing landscape.
S01E04 Phipps Conservatory: The Greenest Conservatory in the World (Pittsburgh, PA) 01/06/2010 Today we visit Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh which has a special place in Joe’s heart because Garden Design Magazine asked him to write an article about the ‘Greenest Garden in America’. Patti gets a tour of the edible landscape and Nathan creates a special dish with one of Patti’s favorite finds in the garden.
S01E05 Growing Power - Will Allen's Story of Inspiration Through a Garden (Milwaukee, WI) 13/06/2010 Patti and Joe visit the organization’s headquarters in Milwaukee and Nathan cooks up a special dish with some popular greens.
S01E06 Composting 101 and Beyond (Seattle, WA) 18/06/2010 In this episode we find Patti and Joe crossing the country joining Nathan in Seattle, Washington to put you in touch with one of the greatest soil amendments nature has to offer: Compost.
S01E07 Urban Beekeeping: What's All the Buzz About? (Seattle, WA) 27/06/2010 In today’s episode, Joe and Patti discuss the importance of honeybees and their relevance to the foods we eat. According to the Agricultural Research Service of the USDA, about one in three mouthfuls of food we eat is directly or indirectly related in some part to the honey bees’ job.
S01E08 The Edible Schoolyard: Using the Garden as the Classroom (Berkeley, CA) 30/06/2010 Join us today as we visit the Edible Schoolyard in Berkeley, California. This nationally recognized organization was conceived in 1994 after a seemingly innocuous comment about the condition of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School by restaurateur Alice Waters who passed by the school daily. Principal Neil Smith then contacted Alice and, knowing of her reputation, invited her to plan a garden at the school. The rest, as they say, is history.
S01E09 Fetzer: The Most Earth-Friendly Winery in America (Mendocino, CA) 11/07/2010 In this episode we become acquainted with Fetzer, a vineyard so entrenched in stewardship of the planet it has been coined “The Earth-friendly Vineyard”. Founded in 1968 Fetzer has always been a pioneer in the field…literally! In 1978 they were the first California vintner to introduce a line of white wines at a time when whites were not so popular and in 1984 made the commitment to convert to utilizing only sustainable practices.
S01E10 Annie's Annuals: Preserving Heirlooms While Promoting the Environment (Richmond, CA) 18/07/2010 This week finds Joe, Patti and Nathan in Richmond, CA for a behind the scenes visit with Annie Hayes of world-renowned Annie’s Annuals and Perennials. From humble beginnings in her own back yard to two and a half acres of prime San Francisco real estate and a tremendous following, Annie now offers some 3,000 varieties of hard to find and rare heirloom annual and perennial plants preserving them for generations to come.
S01E11 Farmer D: A Young Man's Campaign to Lead by Example (Atlanta, GA) 25/07/2010 In this episode we meet Farmer D, the new face of farming today. But he is not at all what you might think. There is no stereotypical pair of overalls and straw hat; no image of Mr. Greenjeans comes to mind. For over 14 years Daron Joffe has been out to change how we think of agriculture in a world poisoned by fertilizers and chemicals, where the miles food has to travel leaves it lackluster in flavor and nutrients and where many children don’t even know how the foods they eat are grown.
S01E12 The Power of Worms: Vermicompost as an Organic Marvel (Sonoma, CA/Princeton, NJ) 01/08/2010 Today we meet Jack Chambers of Sonoma Valley Worm Farm fame. A pilot by trade and a gardener at heart, Jack’s life was changed forever by a bucket full of lowly creatures…worms. It was in 1992 that Jack first encountered the ‘Worm Farm’ after being directed there by a friend who suggested he purchase some worms for his compost bins. Depositing half of the 5 gallon bucket into an almost finished bin and the other half into a newer one, he flew out on a 5 day trip not thinking much about it.
S01E13 Recycling Horticulture Waste: Making Better Choices One Pot at a Time (St. Louis, MO) 08/08/2010 In this episode we learn about how MOBOT, as it is called, brings plastic pot recycling full circle from the waste that is created as we work to beautify the landscape. This brain-child of Dr. Steven Cline began about 12 years ago as he pondered what to do about the mountain of empty pots piling up in his garage.
S01E14 All About Pruning: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly (Columbus, OH/Mt. Airy, NC/Seattle, WA) 15/08/2010 Joe visits with Tracy DiSabato-Aust, author of “The Well-Tended Perennial Garden” considered by many to be the bible of perennial maintenance. Pruning is such a variable topic with many attributes to be taken into consideration such as climate, species, and goals of the gardener.
S01E15 Living Homegrown Fresh: Raising Food & Livestock in Urban Backyards (Los Angeles, CA) 22/08/2010 In this episode we visit with Joe’s then Associate Producer of Growing a Greener World, and homesteading expert, Theresa Loe. (Theresa is now the Co-Executive Producer of the show.) Joe, Nathan and Patti descend on Theresa’s small but productive urban garden in LA to see first-hand how this popular blogger and trained Master Canner incorporates enough produce aesthetically to feed her family of four. Annuals and perennials are intermingled with vegetables, herbs, fruit and chickens for a visually pleasing yet highly productive garden and outdoor learning environment for her two young boys.
S01E16 Native Plants and Invasives & Certified Wildlife Habitats 29/08/2010 This week’s episode focuses on native plants and their role in helping to sustain our environment. Joe and Patti first visit the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, TX.
S01E17 Seed Savers Exchange - Saving the Planet by Saving Seeds 05/09/2010 Joe and Patti travel to Decorah, Iowa where the Heritage Farm houses one of the world’s 1,400 seed banks and helps celebrate their 35th anniversary. Founded in 1975 by Kent Whealy and Diane Ott Whealy, the idea behind Seed Savers Exchange lay in two varieties of plants handed down by Diane’s grandfather, who’s parents brought the seeds with them from Bavaria.
S01E18 Urban Farming at Greensgrow Farm 11/09/2010 Joe and Patti journey to Philadelphia, home of Greensgrow Farms, fulfillment of the dream of visionary in urban farming, Mary Seton Corboy. More than ten years ago a city block in the Kensington area was the site of an abandoned galvanized steel plant and an EPA brownfields project (see below) that the neighborhood had given up on. But not Mary. Beginning the experimental transformation she was growing lettuce hydroponically (growing plants in a water and nutrient solution without soil) for her clients; high-end local restaurants in need of fresh, organic produce. But the one attribute she prides herself on is her ability to change.
S01E19 Waterwise Gardening - Simple Solutions to Reduce Water Usage & Manage Runoff 19/09/2010 Joe, Patti and Nathan reveal dramatic facts and offer suggestions for how we can reduce the amount of water wasted without a significant impact on our lifestyle. However, these seemingly small changes will make a significant impact on the planet.
S01E20 Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Programs 26/09/2010 Nestled in the Hopewell Valley area of central New Jersey, Honey Brook Organic Farm is one of the nation’s largest CSA farms. Jim Kinsel and Sherry Dudas, owners and husband and wife, run the Pennington farm. These two have combined their love of community and organic farming to grow over 60 types of crops and 350 varieties, including many unusual and heirloom vegetables.
S01E21 Community Gardens - Growing So Much More Than Plants 03/10/2010 Joe travels to Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus, Ohio to speak with Bobby Wilson, President of the American Community Gardening Association. ACGA was founded just over 30 years ago to provide technical assistance to individuals and groups that have a desire and the means to grow fresh vegetables. Their website is chock full of information for anyone seeking to find a community garden in their area or to begin the process of creating one.
S01E22 Green Roofs and Rooftop Gardens: The Sky's the Limit 10/10/2010 Today Joe and Patti visit Chicago’s famous City Hall rooftop garden. Although a welcome respite among concrete and steel, rooftop gardens offer so much more and it is one of the best ways to reduce our carbon footprint.
S01E23 Organic Gardening: Creating a Garden Ecosystem 17/10/2010 Joe and Patti travel to rural Pennsylvania to the Rodale Institute, the cradle of organic gardening in America. Founded in 1941, by visionary J. I. Rodale, and nurtured by four generations of the Rodale family, today the Institute resides on a 333-acre farm. Rodale Press has evolved into the largest multi-media company dedicated to restoring a healthy planet and continues to pioneer the organic movement through research and it’s books and magazines. Rodale’s flagship publication “Organic Gardening” (1942) still enjoys a robust following today.
S01E24 Natural Pest Control: Discovering Eco-Friendly Solutions to an Old Problem 23/10/2010 Suzanne Wainwright-Evans blends her degrees in environmental horticulture and entomology, into a unique skill as an “ornamental entomologist” specializing in Integrated Pest Management establishing that there is a safer way to treat pest problems. Her company, Bug Lady Consulting, specializes in controlling pests within the green industry; specifically greenhouses and nurseries.
S01E25 Thomas Jefferson: Organic Gardener 30/10/2010 Joe and Patti visit Jefferson’s Charlottesville home, Monticello, to speak with the undisputed authority on Thomas Jefferson’s gardening practices, Peter Hatch. He is the Director of Gardens and Grounds for the Monticello estate.
S01E26 Victory Gardens 06/11/2010 Although widely popularized in WWII Victory Gardens had their roots in WWI. Dr. Rose Hayden-Smith, a historian and nationally recognized expert on Victory Gardens and wartime food policies discusses the subtle differences.
S03E01 Winter Gardening (Harborside, ME) 30/06/2012 In this episode, we learn the tricks and advantages of winter gardening from some world-renowned pioneers in the field, Eliot Coleman and Barbara Damrosh of Four Season Farm. On their property in Maine they are able to produce food commercially all year round, simply and naturally, and without heaters. They are passionate about sharing their knowledge for gardening and producing fresh, healthy food year-round, and we will be sharing many of their tips with you today. Finally, Chef Nathan Lyon really turns up the heat on a favorite cold-weather crop with his Pan-Roasted Broccolette with Garlic and Red Pepper Flakes. Yum!
S03E02 The Dirt on Creating a Healthy Garden (Raleigh, NC) 07/07/2012 Although the words “dirt” and “soil” are often used interchangeably, to a gardener, there’s a big difference! “Soil” (cue angelic music) is what gives life to a garden – full of organic matter, minerals and nutrients. But not all soil is created equal, which is why it’s a great idea to get to know your soil first, so that you can make additions and amendments if anything is lacking.
S03E03 Sow True Seed: (Ashville, NC) 14/07/2012 As heirloom seeds continue to lose ground to modern hybrids, habitat destruction and careless stewardship, many of these diverse and treasured varieties of the past are lost forever. Prior to the 1940?s, vegetables were grown closer to home and breeding focused on things like flavor, texture, and disease resistance. Seed and sharing seed was common, and favorite varieties were protected and passed down through generations. This Season Two episode was chosen for a special Encore Broadcast in Season Three.
S03E04 Farm School: Learning to be Organic Farmers 21/07/2012 In this fun episode, the whole crew enrolls for a week in a New England farm school to learn all they can while there. The cameras are rolling to show the reality side of organic farm living with our mostly city-slicker crew doing their best to keep up! This Season Two episode was chosen for a special Encore Broadcast in Season Three.
S03E05 Organic Lawn Care (Arlington, VA) 29/07/2012 In the home- and business owner’s quest for the perfect green lawn, we can do some pretty terrible things to the soil, water, and the environment. Today we’re going to visit the owners of 16 acres of perfect lawn managed organically. This is a private estate with an all-organic lawn converted just a few years ago.
S03E06 Polyface Farms 14/08/2012 From farm fields to dinner tables across America, more people want pesticide-free vegetables, humanely-raised meat and eggs all produced in a way that isn’t harmful to the environment. Unfortunately, that is not the way most of our food is produced. So how can we as consumers make the choices that are healthier for us and the earth at the same time? To help answer those questions, we visit a farm that is considered one of the most sustainable farms in America. We’ll look at their all-natural system that builds soil and heals the land while raising food and we’ll also explore the meanings behind some of the food labeling we see in the supermarket.
S03E07 Backyard Composting (Winston-Salem, NC) 12/08/2012 Compost: yes, it occurs naturally – but with a little knowledge we can speed up or enhance the process! This rich, beautiful, life-giving substance teeming with microbes and nutrients is amazingly borne from dead plants, discarded kitchen scraps and yard trimmings through the natural magic of decomposition. By managing and aiding the decomposition process we can have rich compost even faster, but truly – you don’t have to do a thing if you don’t have the time or inclination. Nature knows what she’s doing, all by herself. This Season Two episode (225) was chosen for a special Encore Broadcast in Season Three. Note: credits marked as episode 308 in error.
S03E08 Veteran Farmers 21/08/2012 Thousands of US military veterans return home to find it difficult re-integrating into civilian life and find meaningful work. In fact, veteran unemployment is higher than our national average – but there is a growing movement in agriculture to change that. On today’s episode, we meet veterans who are building successful careers as farmers and helping others do the same. Chef Nathan puts together a fresh, summer cantaloupe salad – the perfect lunch for cooling off and nourishing the body on these summer days!
S03E09 Schoolyard Wildlife Habitats (Atlanta, GA) 29/08/2012 As urban development is encroaching more and more on native landscapes, animal habitats shrink and birds and other animals in those areas are displaced. But we can help the situation by creating gardens that restore just a little piece of their habitat – even if we only have a small backyard or apartment balcony. In this episode, we visit an innovative school that uses natural habitat gardens as outdoor classrooms to reconnect children to nature and teach environmental science.
S03E10 Urban Gardening (Detroit, MI) 01/09/2012 This episode is about the renewal of Detroit, whose bleak landscape is slowing changing due to the efforts of urban farmers and community gardeners determined to grow their city’s revival. Once America’s most productive manufacturing city, Detroit was home to a thriving automotive and music industry, with almost 2 million residents and a robust economy. A dramatic decline began in the mid-1960s as factories began closing their doors for overseas opportunities. The City eventually suffered near-collapse as residents left in droves to find work elsewhere.
S03E11 Backyard Chickens (Raleigh, NC) 10/09/2012 These days, people are really getting closer to their food source – whether for fun, community, food safety, or environmental impact – and that means lots of homegrown veggies, herbs in the kitchen windowsill, CSA’s and farmer’s markets. The next step for many people right now is… raising chickens! Back yard chickens are a great fit for many gardens That’s right, chickens – from rural side lots to urban back yards, chickens take up little space and provide fresh eggs – that’s food so “local” that it doesn’t travel further than your back yard to your sauté pan. Droppings in wood shavings can be added to your compost bin, or if your chickens are free-range, can be left right in the yard where they fall! This Season Two episode was chosen for a special Encore Broadcast in Season Three.
S03E12 Young Farmers (Atlanta, GA) 16/09/2012 With the average age of farmers in our country around 55 to 60, there is a serious question of who will be growing our food in the future as our aging farmers retire or pass on. It seems large-scale, commercial farming holds little interest for upcoming generations, so even in “farming families” the children are not returning to the farm after education as they had in the past. Behold the new generation of young farmers. True enough, they are not interested in large-scale commercial “factory” farming. They are highly educated, interested in health and environment, and see not only the need – and the opportunity – for small-scale farming, but feel the pull to get personally involved and heed that call. Some are returning to farming or gardening roots, others come to it through health, science, or just feel the pull. By working on smaller, more local farms, they are able to focus on organics and natural methods while learning and growing themselves. This Season Two episode was chosen for a special Encore Broadcast in Season Three.
S03E13 Backyard Orchards (St. Louis, MO) 23/09/2012 Joe takes some of the mystery out of the selection and care of fruit trees, from picking your trees at the nursery, buying potted versus bareroot, to a little info on planting site, and how fruit trees are propagated through grafting. He also helps vegetable gardener Jamie select the right site and plant her very first fruit tree. Whether you have an acre or a balcony, you too can have your very own backyard orchard.
S03E14 Just Because It's Organic (St. Paul, MN) 30/09/2012 Even when trying to “go organic,” are we? “Natural” products may come to us after being harvested in habitat-destroying or non-sustainable methods. And natural doesn’t automatically mean safe. Natural pesticides, insecticides and poisons are still poisonous – at the very least they may kill indiscriminately, doing just as much damage as their synthetic counterparts in the home garden. At worst, we may become complacent about our poisons and accidentally expose our children and pets, thinking that it’s ok because it’s natural.
S03E15 All About Seeds (Mt. Airy, NC) 20/10/2012 There are a lot of reasons to sow your own seeds! Everyone has their own reasons, perhaps to save money, or just for fun, or for the variety available. While it may seem intimidating at first, in this episode Joe will share some of the joys and specific how-tos of growing your own plants from seed. For starters, seed packets cost far less than purchasing individual plants. Extra seed can be saved from year to year. Even with the additional expense of lighting, growing containers, and heating, these are largely one-time expenses and may already be things you have around or can find inexpensively.
S03E16 Heritage Breeds (Pittsboro, NC and Potomac, MD) 24/10/2012 According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 20 percent of the world’s breeds of cattle, goats, pigs, horses and poultry are currently at risk of extinction. The industrialized food movement forever changed the way livestock was used in agriculture. As certain breeds were favored for their rapid growth and production, other breeds (animals that we just took for granted) did not fit into that mold and for the last 50 years, their numbers have been dwindling at a rapid rate. Many of the old-fashioned breeds began to face extinction.
S03E17 Garden Coaching (Atlanta, GA) 03/11/2012 Whether you are a novice or experienced gardener – at some point you will find yourself in need of a little gardening advice. You might need direction on how to prune an overgrown tree or design guidance for an area of your yard or maybe complete lessons on growing your own food. Who wouldn’t like to have a personal consultant for their garden? A garden coach is an expert who comes to your home to provide customized garden information, and can even work right along side you with hands-on lessons.
S03E18 Organic Flowers (Skagit Valley, WA) 03/11/2012 We talk a lot about food miles, organics, and sustainable practices with food choices, our homes, and our gardens… what about the flowers we put on the table next to the meal? And the ones we send to loved ones in times of celebration, congratulations, or condolences? How were they grown, what were they sprayed with, and how far have they traveled? Generally speaking, the floral industry is notoriously UN-eco-friendly, often grown with chemical insecticides, bloom-boosting chemical fertilizers, then shipped from other continents to arrive in your local floral case for your bouquet. Nowhere do you find long-stemmed roses budding in Ohio in January, yet there they are in the florist’s case. While this is an amazing example of worldwide trade, it’s not a great way to live greener or reduce our commerce miles. This Season Two episode was chosen for a special Encore Broadcast in Season Three.
S03E19 Moss Gardens (Raleigh, NC) 03/11/2012 What if we told you that there is a plant that requires only a small amount of water, yet stays green all year long? It can be grown as a lawn, but requires no fertilizers, pesticides, clipping, mowing or mulching. This dream plant is also eco-friendly, low maintenance, and incredibly beautiful. Despite common misconceptions, moss is ALL of these things and more. Mosses are the oldest terrestrial plants on earth and even predate the dinosaurs. They have survived all this time without pollen, seeds, flowers or even roots… in fact that may be the key.
S03E20 Behind the Scenes of a Flower Show (Seattle, WA) 00/00/0000 How display gardens at flower shows are created.
S03E21 Permaculture (Raleigh, NC & Americus, GA) 00/00/0000 An explanation of permaculture, which incorporates organic farm practices, agroforestry, integrated farming and ecology.
S03E22 Rooftop Farm, Brooklyn, NY 00/00/0000 A one-acre rooftop farm in New York City is highlighted.
S03E23 Small Space & Vertical Gardening (San Francisco, CA) 00/00/0000 A look at small-space gardening, including vertical gardening.
S03E24 Independent Garden Centers: Atlanta, GA 00/00/0000 Independent garden centers are discussed.
S03E25 Sol Mobile Bus (Various Cities Across America) 00/00/0000 Gardeners who teach about sustainable edible gardening while traveling the country in a biodiesel bus.
S03E26 Behind the Scenes With GGW: Atlanta, GA 00/00/0000 The Season 3 finale shows how "Growing a Greener World" is put together, including how topics and locations are chosen.

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