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A Growing Passion
Visits Gardens with a Greater Purpose

A Growing Passion, the gardening and lifestyle program on KPBS-TV explores the power of plants and nature to change lives.  In this week’s episode “Growing Dreams and Memories”, host Nan Sterman visits three San Diego area gardens that have a greater purpose like promoting health, speeding recovery, or encouraging well-being.

At Sunshine Care Assisted Living Facility in Poway, CA, gardens introduce children to the magic of planting, growing, and interacting with elders.  Local children garden with seniors residents of Sunshine Care’s memory care facility.  Children learn the joys of planting, growing and harvesting from elders with long memories of time spent on farms and in gardens.  The foods and flowers they grow together are used on site.  Extras are donated to the local food bank.  Learn more at www.sunshinecare.com

One resident at Sunshine Care Assisted Living shared his memory of picking and eating fried green tomatoes.  Here’s a recipe for this traditional southern dish.

Fried Green Tomatoes Recipe


  • 4 medium, firm green tomatoes
  • 2 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp Cajun seasoning (optional)
  • 1/2 cup milk or buttermilk
  • 2 egg
  • 1/3 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup fine dry bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup peanut oil or other vegetable oil

1 Cut unpeeled tomatoes into 1/2 inch slices. Sprinkle slices with salt. Let tomato slices stand for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, place in separate shallow bowls: the flour and Cajun seasoning (if using), buttermilk and egg, and bread crumbs and cornmeal.

2 Heat the peanut oil in a skillet on medium heat. Beat the egg and the buttermilk together. Dip tomato slices in the flour-seasoning mix, then buttermilk-egg mixture, then the cornmeal-bread crumb mix. In the skillet, fry half of the coated tomato slices at a time, for 3-5 minutes on each side or until brown. Set the cooked tomatoes on paper towels to drain.  (need to credit source)

Sterman also visits Archi’s Acres, a Valley Center hydroponics farm that “grows” military veterans into hydroponics entrepreneurs, and St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center in El Cajon where adults with developmental disabilities learn important life skills and build confidence in the facility’s 2-acre garden and retail nursery.

About “A Growing Passion”
“A Growing Passion” is about all the ways that San Diego and San Diegans grow. The program, hosted by California native Nan Sterman, celebrates the natural and manmade landscapes that characterize San Diego’s social, cultural, environmental, and economic sectors.  Sterman has dedicated her career to growing and to promoting a sustainable, waterwise approach to gardening.

“A Growing Passion” airs Thursdays at 8:30pm and Saturdays at 1:00pm on KPBS and is available anytime on www.KPBS.org. For more information on the series, please visit www.AGrowingPassion.com. For daily updates and news, become a fan www.Facebook.com/AGrowingPassion.

More information about Nan Sterman can be found on her website www.PlantSoup.com.