Garden-to-Table TV Show Goes On Air

In his newest public television program, Hobby Farm Home columnist P. Allen Smith teaches viewers how to cook what they grow.

by Dani Yokhna
P. Allen Smith
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P. Allen Smith will host a new show about turning your garden produce into a meal that can be savored.

This weekend, on April 2, 2011, garden designer and Hobby Farm Home Garden Home Solutions columnist P. Allen Smith will debut his new 13-episode public television program. P. Allen Smith’s Garden to Table follows in the footsteps of the popular P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home. Inspired by his new book, P. Allen Smith’s Seasonal Recipes from the Garden, Smith will focus on teaching viewers how to grow their own produce and prepare fresh, garden-inspired meals. Each episode features growing tips, recipes and decorating ideas. 

“There is a natural connection between the garden and the table, and that’s what this show is all about,” Smith says. “The culture of food in America is changing—there is an emerging part of the population that is asking about their food—‘Where did it come from?’ and ‘How was it raised or grown?’—and many of them are taking that task into their own hands. I want to see these people succeed, and this show is a great way to teach them.” 

Highlights of the show’s first season include a tour of Smith’s orchard and delectable fruit recipes, an episode dedicated to the wonderful world of eggs, everything you wanted to know about salad greens, and how to turn even the smallest space into a mini-farm—beehive included. Smith will welcome guest chefs who are stars in the local-food movement to demonstrate recipes with ingredients straight from Smith’s garden. And a few of his own family members will stop by to share some of the delicious recipes he enjoyed growing up.

Smith has garnered a loyal following in the 10 seasons of P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home, and the producers of his new show guarantee the same level of satisfaction. As a trusted authority on all things garden, Smith’s next natural step is taking what he grows to the kitchen and to the table.

Smith’s work is inspired by a childhood spent on the farm raising and showing livestock and poultry, and he promotes good stewardship of the Earth. In 2009, he founded the Heritage Poultry Conservancy, an organization dedicated to the preservation and support of all threatened breeds of domestic poultry. He’s also the author of several books, including the Garden Home series (Clarkson Potter/Random House).

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