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Beyond Organic Gardening: The Principles of Permaculture (Raleigh, NC and Americus, GA) (#706H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG

It's been said "necessity is the mother of invention." And when resources are limited, you quickly learn to make the most of them, while protecting what you have. Such is the case for one tiny Caribbean Island, commonly known as the Nature Island. Dominica has earned it. Over two thirds of the island is protected rainforests. On the remaining third, sustainable agriculture and eco-tourism help the country thrive, while serving as a role model for others. In this episode, Joe travels to the beautiful Nature Island of Dominica to see what we can all learn from this small country that appreciates what they have and takes nothing for granted.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Tue, Apr 24, 2018 -- 4:00pm Remind me

Know Your Farmer: Supporting Community Agriculture (Pennington, NJ; Bedford Hills, NY; and Ranger, GA) (#707H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG

If you've ever grown a vegetable garden, chances are you had more of something than you could use. That was the basis for how AmpleHarvest. org was formed. Founder Gary Oppenheimer noted his community garden was producing far more than the gardeners could consume, or even give to their friends and neighbors. So he decided to find a way to get that fresh produce in the hands of neighbors in need. That idea grew into a national non-profit network he founded. The premise was to make it possible for anyone to donate, or have access to fresh produce, wherever they lived-all from the surplus from our own garden's bounty. Today, has been recognized by the White House and major companies and organizations for the important work they do. In this episode, Joe meets founder Gary Oppenheimer and learns how we can all share some of our "ample harvest" with our own neighbors in need.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Tue, May 1, 2018 -- 4:00pm Remind me

Beyond Veggies: Adding Fruit to Your Food Garden (St. Louis, MO) (#708H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG

We've all heard the term "sustainably grown". But have you ever stopped to consider that can apply to a lot more than just food? In fact, the flowers you put on your dinner table (unless you grew them yourself) are likely loaded with pesticides applied when they were growing in foreign countries thousands of miles away. While this multi-billion-dollar industry creates a beautiful product, the growing practices to bring it to market are anything but. Fortunately, a new, local industry for organic and sustainably grown cut flowers is springing up and gaining momentum all across America. These farmers care deeply about their product and the methods used to grow them. In this episode, Joe visits Jello Mold Farm in the beautiful Skagit Valley, WA to learn how this small farm operation has created a successful business while caring for the environment.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Tue, May 8, 2018 -- 4:00pm Remind me

The Edible Schoolyard: A Class Without Walls and a Love to Learn (Berkeley, CA) (#709H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG

The natural first step to growing food is usually a small vegetable plot or garden. For many, the desire to expand their pallet often finds them considering fruit trees or shrubs. Yet all too often, they stop short of taking that next step for various reasons, including the belief that it will take too much room, or require more work or extra care to battle pests and diseases. Yet with the right information and plant choices, growing fruit in your own backyard of any size, can be a successful and enjoyable experience, without all the work or chemicals you thought you might need. In this episode, Joe visits Stark Brothers Nurseries (the oldest fruit nursery in America) to learn from the experts on tips that can be used to successfully grow fruit in your own backyard orchard.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Tue, May 15, 2018 -- 4:00pm Remind me

Saving Seeds for Future Generations: Seed Savers Exchange (Decorah, IA) (#710H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG

In all the years of producing episodes for Growing a Greener World, there's one theme we've observed that always holds true. Place a student in a learning environment that includes growing plants or gardening, and you can't pull them away. They love everything about it (but don't tell them they're getting every aspect of the core curriculum including math, science, language arts, social studies, nutrition, and more). In this episode, Joe and his team showcase the original and world-renowned Edible Schoolyard in Berkeley, CA. Co-founded by famous chef and neighbor to the school, Alice Waters, the Edible Schoolyard is a world-class outdoor classroom where teachers from around the world come to learn and study these successful methods by combining gardening and learning.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Tue, May 22, 2018 -- 4:00pm Remind me

Community Gardens: Growing So Much More Than Plants (#711H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG

Few people realize that less than 10% of all seed varieties grown in 1900 are still with us today. They're extinct-gone forever, because no one took the time to preserve them for future generations. Today, that risk is even greater, with genetic manipulation of the relatively few remaining seed varieties, combined with the massive buying up of smaller seed companies by overseas giants. The mission of protecting, preserving, and sharing today's precious seed and heirloom varieties has never been more important. Thankfully, one company established in 1975 to do just that, is alive and well and thriving in their efforts to preserve our horticultural diversity. Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, IA has an active international membership of over 13,000 who are helping with the cause. In this episode, we make a trip to their scenic 890-acre Heritage Farm to learn more about their process, as well as the risks and challenges of protecting today's precious seed varieties for future generations.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Tue, May 29, 2018 -- 4:00pm Remind me
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