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A GROWING PASSION: The Story Of Seeds: From Breeding To Eating

Airs Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 8:30 p.m. on KPBS TV + Monday, March 30 at 8:30 p.m. on KPBS 2 + PBS Video App

Host Nan Sterman and Patti Buskirk, owner/breeder of Seeds by Design, compare...

Credit: Courtesy of Michael Gerdes / AGP Productions

Above: Host Nan Sterman and Patti Buskirk, owner/breeder of Seeds by Design, compare tomatoes.

Walk into the produce section of the grocery store and you'll see big, beautiful heads of broccoli. Grow it at home, and the plants make small stems that taste as good or better but are a fraction of the size.

Bite into a homegrown tomato and you'll experience flavor and juiciness far superior to what you find in the store.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Michael Gerdes / AGP Productions

Host Nan Sterman and Doug Heath, senior tomato breeder at Bejo Zaden in San Luis Obispo, Calif., taste a seedless tomato.

What's going on here? Why are store bought and home grown fruits and vegetable so different? It starts with the seed.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Michael Gerdes / AGP Productions

Host Nan Sterman and Renee Shepherd of Renee's Garden Seeds, compare cucumbers.

In this episode, we discover the world of vegetables seeds, starting with breeding. We learn about the four different target markets for vegetable breeders: commercial farmers, home growers, farmer's market farmers, and the growers who grow the seedlings that we buy in the nursery.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Michael Gerdes / AGP Productions

Host Nan Sterman shops seeds at Peaceful Valley Farm and Garden Supply, Grass Valley, Calif.

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Episodes of A GROWING PASSION will be available for online viewing following the broadcast. All past seasons are available on demand now.

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A GROWING PASSION is on Facebook, and you can follow @GrowingPassion on Twitter. Share photos and follow the series on Instagram.

About The Series:

Host Nan Sterman returns for Season 5 of A GROWING PASSION, a television show that celebrates all the ways that San Diego “grows,” from farms and nurseries to backyards and schoolyards, to native habitats and more.

A GROWING PASSION: Season 5 Preview

See a preview of Season 5 of A GROWING PASSION which starts on April 20, 2017. We visit hops growers, the San Diego Zoo, seed farms, hydroponic growers, and learn about native bees and urban forests. Host Nan Sterman offers gardening information, tips, and advice to grow a better garden and better understand the growing world.

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