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A Growing Passion explores the ways that San Diego “grows,” from backyards to native habitats, community gardens to nurseries and more.
A Growing Passion explores the ways that San Diego “grows,” from backyards to native habitats, community gardens to nurseries and more.
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Your host, Nan Sterman
Your host, Nan Sterman

Our Mission

A Growing Passion is a television and on-line show that explores all the ways San Diego and San Diegans "grow.”  Gardening, horticulture, and agriculture are our entree for engaging with nature, with neighbors, and with the San Diego community as a whole. 

As we tour San Diego County, we visit people and projects that protect our health, feed our community, and preserve our natural resources. 

In our first season, we travel San Diego as we tell stories about:

A mushroom farm that recycles horse bedding from the county fairgrounds to make compost for growing mushrooms.  After its used to grow mushrooms, the compost is available for free to home gardeners. 

A native plant nursery whose plants beautify our gardens and restore  endangered habitats throughout Southern California.

Cut flower farmers whose exotic blooms decorate our homes, and homes across the country.

Home gardeners and garden designers who lead the way in creating beautiful, low water, gardens that are sustainable in our arid Mediterranean climate. 

In-home graywater systems that irrigate fruit trees with the water coming out of clothes washers.

Vegetable seedling growers whose tiny starts feed us with fantastic produce year-round.

And much, much more. 

Throughout every segment, A Growing Passion emphasizes sustainability, food justice, social equity, economic development, and the value and management of our natural habitats.

San Diego is an amazing place with amazing stories that touch each of us.  All of us at A Growing Passion invite YOU to be part of this story.  

Buckwheat in the back country.
Buckwheat in the back country.
Protea, an amazing low water flower!
Protea, an amazing low water flower!
Epiphyllum, orchid cactus, in it's magnificent spring bloom.
Epiphyllum, orchid cactus, in it's magnificent spring bloom.
Who We Are

A Growing Passion is a production of AGP, LLC, a garden media company whose mission is to inspire, guide, and inform individuals about gardening and outdoor living with an emphasis on physical, emotional, environmental, community, and spiritual benefits.  Our mission is accomplished with a mix of traditional media and new media including television and social media.

Our Expertise
Well-known San Diego garden expert and garden journalist Nan Sterman, who is also KPBS’s “Garden Guru,” hosts each episode of A Growing Passion. Nan’s passion for sustainable gardening in our dry, Mediterranean climate sets the tone as she leads us through the rich and varied ways that San Diegans grow. Nan’s insider status gains us access to people, places and activities that are seldom seen. She shares what’s trending, who’s tending, and how people across the county strive to improve the quality of life for all San Diegans, through growing.

Your Role
Your donation helps us bring you the stories we fall in love with.  Whether you watch us on TV in San Diego or on the web from anywhere else in the world, connecting to us keeps you up-to-date on our production,  Nan Sterman's public appearance schedule, and all the cool things happening in the growing world.  Its more than just your financial support...we invite you to become part of our "growing" family!

Risks and challenges

Our risk of failure has been greatly minimized thanks to the guarantee of a prime spot on KPBS television in San Diego where our episodes will air for up to four years, plus posted on line at www.kpbs.org, as well as on our website, www.AGrowingPassion.com and on the PBS national website. Our potential viewership is more than 1 million people per month! And we have a great concept...a lifestyle program that explores San Diego County’s agriculture, horticulture, gardens, health and wellness, food supply, economic security, and even the way we regard our natural habitats as expression of this growing earth-friendly movement.

Having said all this, no project is without risks. Lack of money is the biggest one. Without your support of this campaign, we run the risk of not having adequate resources to tell the stories and visit with the people who are located far and near and who make growing in San Diego so interesting.

Campaigns like this often succeed or fail based on how much viral sharing takes place in our community of followers. The challenge is to make sure our message is seen by enough people who like what they see and who pledge their hard earned money to help it succeed. You, our audience, are an integral part of our success.


Nan (the host and content expert), Marianne (the producer), and Michael (the cameraman) have been working together for a decade. Previous episodes of A Growing Passion created in 2006 and 2010 validated our ideas and our approach. These shows earned an Emmy Award for the quality of the presentation and a Garden Writer's Award for the quality of their content.

We know how to make great shows!

Explore San Diego on KPBS

Explore San Diego is an initiative of KPBS to expand local television programming with two series about San Diego County. KPBS’ intent is to provide their audience with local, engaging, and unique programming that embodies the ‘Explorer Spirit.”

A Growing Passion is delighted to fulfill the mission of Explore San Diego. A Growing Passion explores all the ways that San Diego “grows;” from San Diego’s native habitats to our community gardens, nurseries to food banks, upstart wineries to water-efficient gardens. Each episode incorporates underlying themes such as sustainability, food justice, social equity, and economic development. We visit every corner of the county, taking viewers places they may not even know exist.

Just as it takes a community to grow, it takes a community to fund the celebration of growing in San Diego with A Growing Passion.

A Growing Passion – Concept

San Diego is a grower’s paradise. The National Weather Service calls our Mediterranean climate “the most nearly perfect” climate in America, ideal for growing just about any kind of plant, native, edible, and exotic. We produce more types of plants, more crops, and have more farms than any other county in the country. Our home and community gardeners grow even more.

San Diegans increasingly strive to make socially, environmentally, and economically responsible life 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 connects to audiences who care about the quantity and quality of their food sources, and about the sustainability of our outdoor environment. We use gardening, horticulture, and agriculture as an entrée to encourage engagement with the nature, with neighbors, and with the community as a whole. We emphasize sustainability, food justice, social equity, economic development, and the value and management of our natural habitats.

Proposed Episodes of A Growing Passion

Grapes - Trace the history of grapes and winemaking in San Diego and visit backyard vineyards and wineries and grape growers throughout the county.

Healing In the Garden - Military veterans, the chronically ill, Children's Hospital, the developmentally challenged, senior citizens...they all benefit from garden interactions.

Learning to Grow Your Own - Food justice can take many forms, preserving culture, addressing the obesity epidemic, bringing fresh food to hungry neighborhoods and forging community relationships.

The Food Supply - You'd be amazed at the variety of places our food comes from. From community gardens to food coops, local farms, and restaurants who give their extra food to the hungry.

Water - We can't live without it, so how do you grow a garden in a desert? We'll focus on low water plants and landscapes, irrigation products, and how San Diego is leading the nation in sustainable and low water environments.

Growing and Recycling - Recycling is a vital activity for the gardener. But some recycling actually provides a great opportunity for growing! We'll see how mushrooms are grown, how mulch is made, and dig in to the secret life of worms.

The Business of Growing - Agriculture is the second largest economy in San Diego County. We'll visit the growing leaders, cut flowers, succulents, wholesalers of ornamental plants, and visit the innovators who keep up coming back to the nursery time and again.

Sharing Extras and Making Extra to Share - Food banks provide an important service. We'll look some not so well known suppliers, including harvesting after the harvest, planting a row for the hungry, and commercial growers who do their part.

New Farming - The urban farming movement has a stronghold in San Diego. We'll meet individuals, co-ops, and colleges who are feeding into the growing demand.

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    Your name goes on our mailing list so you hear about new episodes, Nan's personal appearances, garden tours, tips on gardening in your own space, and more.

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    Get a signed DVD of A Growing Passion’s spring 2013 episodes. Your name is added to the Founders Page of www.AGrowingPassion.com. You'll be added to our mailing list, too.

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    To help you find your own growing passion, we’ll send you three (3) packets of heirloom garden seeds and a signed DVD or A Growing Passion's spring 2013 season.

    You get bragging rights as a Founding Supporter of A Growing Passion and see your name listed on our Founders Page at www.AGrowingPassion.com (with your permission of course)

    We'll sign you up on our mailing list, too.

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    Ten lucky supporters receive a two (2) pound box of organically-grown passion fruit (the flower is on our logo) grown by our cameraman in his garden of tropical flowers and fruits.

    Camera guy will lovingly hand pick and pack the fruit and ship it to anywhere in the U.S. at peak ripeness. Can't you just taste that sweet tart deliciousness!

    PLUS you will be added to our website Founder's Page and our mailing list, too!

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    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    Nan Sterman’s first book, California Gardener's Guide vII is a must have for every western gardener. If you don't already have one, simply pledge $150 and we'll send you a signed and personalized copy plus a signed DVD of our Spring 2013 episodes! We’ll add you to our Founder's page and our mailing list so you never miss an opportunity to learn more about gardening.

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    We’ll send a cutting of a very beautiful, and fragrant pink-flowering plumeria (Hawaiian lei plant) to anywhere in the US. The plumeria comes from our camera guy’s tropical garden in Encinitas.

    Camera guy LOVES gardening, as you’ll see in the way our show is shot and in the quality of the plumeria cutting you receive.

    PLUS see your name listed on the Founder's Page of www.AGrowingPassion.com. And, you'll be on our mailing list, too.

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    Pledge $250 and the post office will deliver (in the US), one rooted cutting from the delicious fig tree that hybridized itself in Nan Sterman's garden. Only you, Nan and 25 other lucky individuals will have this unique fruit that exists nowhere else in the world!

    Figs grow really well in warm, dry climates, and this variety is especially delicious. But don't take our word for it. Pledge today so you can find out first hand.

    And of course, be added to our Founder's Page and mailing list.

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    A $500 pledge earns you a day with the crew of A Growing Passion in the field as we shoot segments for an upcoming show. Have your picture taken with Nan and the crew. You'll also get a signed and personalized copy of California Gardeners Guide vII, written by Nan Sterman. Your name goes onto the Founder's Page of www.AGrowingPassion.com and on our mailing list as well.

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    You and a friend will spend a day with Nan and the Growing Passion crew touring one of our favorite "growing" spots around San Diego County. It could be James Hubbell's home in Santa Ysabel, a mega nursery in Bonsall, Cuyamaca State Park, or another of San Diego’s natural or manmade landscapes (lunch included). Take home great memories, a signed and personalized coy of Nan Sterman’s California Gardeners Guide vII, PLUS a DVD of our Spring 2013 episodes. Your name is added to the Founder's Page of www.AGrowingPassion.com AND added to our mailing list. Now that's a deal!

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    Pledgeto see your name in lights as an on-air sponsor in the credits of A Growing Passion in Season two. Then, bring a friend to spend a day touring one of our favorite "growing" spots around San Diego County with Nan and the crew. Nan’s insider status gains us access to people, places and activities that are seldom seen. It may be a boutique vineyard, a labyrinth garden, an exotic aloe garden, a field of wild California poppies, who knows? We'll treat you to lunch and a signed and personalized copy of Nan’s California Gardeners Guide vII. You'll receive a signed DVD of our Spring 2013 episodes. PLUS your name and/or logo will be listed on our Sponsor page on www.AGrowingPassion.com. And of course you'll be added to our mailing list. But hurry! This offer is limited to just 3 backers!

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    Seed a Sponsorship! Give at the $5,000 level and your generosity will truly germinate into something to appreciate! Receive our undying gratitude AND enough heirloom seeds to keep you in vegetables for a year! And as if that wasn't enough, in May you'll also receive a variety of sprouted vegetable seedlings to plant in your summer garden! And just to make sure they get off to a great start, Nan will throw in a 2-hour in-home garden consultation plus a signed and personalized copy of California Gardeners Guide vII!. In June, 2013, you'll receive a signed DVD of all the episodes that air in spring, 2013. PLUS if you commit by April 10th, you'll see your name in lights as an on-air sponsor in the credits of our television show and on the Sponsor Page of www.AGrowingPassion.com. And, of course your name gets added to our mailing list! Supplies are limited! Act today!

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    Become an official program sponsor! Commit by April 10th and see your name (or your company’s name) featured prominently in all six episodes in our inaugural Spring 2013 season.

    Receive a selection of heirloom seeds and vegetable seedling to share with ten co-workers or friends!

    We'll throw in a ten personalized copies of Nan's California Guide vII, a dozen signed DVD's of our spring 2013 series.

    To inspire you to get your garden growing, ten of you will enjoy a lunch of fresh garden edibles served by the Growing Passion team!

    You'll be listed on the Sponsor's Page of www.AGrowingPassion.com, and added to our mailing list!

    Being a show sponsor is a big deal! Its also great exposure for your organization and for you!

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