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Oct 1, 2010
What a season!
Joe Lamp’l  Executive Producer and Host | Growing a Greener World

Wow, what a ride! Just last week, we officially wrapped the first season of our national public television series, Growing a Greener World. We traveled the country, covering 18 states and 38 cities to tell stories of people, places and organizations doing great things for the planet with an emphasis on gardening. In less than nine months we went from an idea to a hit national series that can now be viewed on-air and online any time.

To say we worked hard would be a major understatement. Our superstar crew maintained a herculean pace to stay on top of our hectic schedule. As I reflect back on all the places we’ve been, the many people we’ve met and the stories we’ve been able to share, I feel very, very blessed. The year was a blur and I often contemplate which episodes of all 26 were amongst my favorite. Considering the great lineup we put together, it’s a struggle narrowing them down. Even as I attempt to list the standouts now, I cannot. They all carry special memories and each story is important to me.

Although we get many words of praise from our family, friends and fans, I still wonder about the random person out there. Are they being touched by our stories and vision; and if so, how? The demands and challenges of producing a fast-paced national show, keep us running so hard, we rarely get the chance to enjoy the fruits of our labor. But thankfully, we do get confirmation every so often and we’re reminded that our efforts really are touching lives and communities in a meaningful way! A recent email affirming that came at just the right time:

Dear Joe,
I am writing on behalf of our new organization. Friends of matter park gardens. We are a grass roots group with enthusiasm but no monies. We live in a poor town that lost almost all our industry. But again we are fighting back as a community. Your show brings tears to my eyes. It brings the best of America out. Through your show we are planning many projects because of what you do. Making our city, county a better safer place. You guys are the best. As a master gardener it gives me hope and great pleasure to watch our volunteers growing.
Thank you again.

Wow! Just the shot in the arm we all need sometimes. We’re so excited for season two. With such a great debut season, our biggest challenge will be to raise the bar even higher. Experience is the best teacher and with a team like ours in place, all I can say is look out world! Team GGW is coming to make it greener!

p.s. Although I can’t share with you my favorite show, I can bring you along for my most memorable moment of the season. From the link below, it’s the small video screen in the right column of the page. You’ll know it when you see it! Watch it now.

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