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.
Sometimes when gardening, you have an opportunity to start completely from scratch. That's Joe's circumstances as he builds a brand new garden of raised beds at his new home. Learn how to design, build, and plant raised beds for the best yield with the least amount of work on this special encore presentation from season 4, episode 6.
An encore presentation of season 4, episode 13. How and when to harvest a garden to get the highest quality fruits and vegetables. Guest Mary Beth Shaddix, who supplies the food photographed by Cooking Light magazine shares her secrets. GGW's canning expert, Theresa Loe, explains why and how to use freezing to preserve an abundant harvest. From seed to pantry, learn how to capture a harvest in a jar for year round flavor. [26 minutes]
Margaret Roach, former senior executive for Martha Stewart, talks about how to grow more sustainably in the garden and in life.
Joe travels us to Sonoma Valley, California where he meets Jack Chambers the owner of the Sonoma Valley Worm Farm Amazed at the difference that worms made to his compost pile, Jack became a worm farmer -- selling worm castings, vermicompost tea and sharing the power of worms with others.
The best way to have a great garden in the spring, is to start in the fall. Joe will explain some fall projects that will have you garden ready to be ready to grow next year.
Urban gardeners have a special connection to urban green markets. Growing a Greener World looks back at some of the best markets we've visited over the last four years including the very historic Roanoke City Market, which was established over 130 years ago.
Independent garden centers often offer excellent personalized advice and a wide selection of plants compared to a general home center. Joe visits two excellent independent garden centers that work with GGW -- The Natural Gardener and The Great Outdoors, both located in Austin, Texas.
Joe visits Polyface Farms run by farmer Joel Salatin. The farm raises grass-fed beef, forage based rabbits, and pastured chickens and turkeys, eggs, and forest floor pigs. While Polyface is known for their high quality products, it is most famous for its innovative techniques that produce lots of high quality produce while improving the soil each year – instead of depleting soil nutrients that later require synthetic fertilizer use.
How do you get fresh produce if you live in the urban jungle of NYC? Brooklyn Grange uses rooftop gardens to grow high-quality, local produce right in the heart of New York City. GGW visits two of the largest commercial rooftop farms in America. The farm produces 20,000 pounds of food from 2 rooftop acres.
Started in 2009, the Veteran’s Farm trains vets in sustainable farming practices, organic methods of production, and how to start a farm of their own.
Joe visits The Manhattan School for Children which teaches students about the natural world with a greenhouse located on the roof of the school.
Ben Holms and a group of like-minded friends founded The Farm School. Today, the school enrolls 12 students a year where they help run the sustainable farm, market and sell the produce, meat, and eggs to the community, and learn what it takes to maintain this lifestyle.
Joe visits the home of the U.S.'s third president during the local Heritage Harvest Festival. The yearly festival is an educational event held on the grounds of Monticello that celebrates gardening, sustainability, local foods, and the preservation of heritage plants.