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Airs Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018 at 8:30 p.m. on KPBS TV + Monday, Dec. 31 at 8:30 p.m. on KPBS 2

Host Nan Sterman (left) talks with Coral (right), owner of the restaurant Gar...

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Above: Host Nan Sterman (left) talks with Coral (right), owner of the restaurant Garden Kitchen San Diego.

Trace the Journey from Farm to Fork

If you've eaten in a sit-down restaurant, no doubt you've heard of farm-to-table or farm-to-fork, the movement that directly connects farmers with chefs and restaurants.

It means that your meal is made from fruits, herbs, and vegetables — even fish and meats — that were locally grown and produced.

It all sounds so romantic, but how does farm to fork really happen? Who are the people making it all happen? How do the farmers and the restaurants find each other and how do you know that what you are eating really did start its life on a local farm?

In this episode, we meet a self-described "foodie" and former restaurateur who is dedicated to facilitating San Diego County's farm-to-fork movement.

She recently founded a voluntary registry for farmers, producers, and restaurants, so the dining public gets confirmation of authentic farm-to-fork experiences.

Next, we follow the chef and chef/owner of a San Diego restaurant to a local farmers market where they visit their regular vendors.

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Fresh tomatoes from the North Park Thursday Market.

They scout the market, looking for the freshest ingredients, buying some produce, ordering more, and planning the weeks' special dishes based on what they discover.

We watch them prepare what came from the farm that morning. It is delicious.

We visit a tiny restaurant where the inventive chef/owner buys most of her produce from an urban microfarm located just a few miles away.

The farm is run by a military veteran whose encounter with a life-threatening health problem set her on a quest for the best quality, organically grown produce. When she couldn't find it, she decided to grow it.

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Stepheni shows host Nan Sterman around Dickinson Farm, National City, Calif.

Now, she supplies several restaurants, offers a subscription vegetable service, including a subscription for others with significant dietary requirements.

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Fresh produce and flowers from Cyclops Farms.

In San Diego's north county, we meet two men — one a chef, and the other a farmer — who have collaborated for years. We visit the farm, in a residential neighborhood overlooking the ocean. The sun, the sea, the produce are dazzling.

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Farmer Luke Girling from Cyclops Farms with and Davin Waite, chef/owner of the Wrench & Rodent Seabasstropub, pick strawberries.

In the restaurant, we watch as that gorgeous produce gets transformed into unimaginably delicious dishes. The farmer and the chef are innovators — together their synergy is palpable. And the food they each contribute to, is legendary.

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Host Nan Sterman samples food with Davin Waite, chef/owner of the Wrench & Rodent Seabasstropub.


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More and more San Diegans strive to make socially, environmentally and economically-responsible choices.

From earth-friendly and water-wise gardens to organic foods and habitat restoration, we demand options that protect our health, feed our communities and protect our natural resources.

A GROWING PASSION is an Emmy-winning lifestyle program that explores San Diego County's agriculture and horticulture activities as an expression of this growing earth-friendly movement.

From backyard food production to major horticultural growers, from low-water landscapes to sustainable practices around the home and in the garden, we tell stories about the natural and manmade landscapes that shape the social, cultural, environmental and economic interests of our community.

We celebrate how San Diego grows.


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