Last summer a film crew from Sundance Channel came by the urban homestead for a couple days of filming and the episode will finally air this August.  We don’t have cable so we’ll not be able to see how the episode turns out.  Not sure if they will put it online so relying on a friend to tape the piece for us.

Sundance Channel’s award winning series is a fascinating look at “eco-pioneers” who are leading the way in making the planet a greener, cleaner, safer place for everyone.  Season three is one of the best seasons we’ve had yet, and  we have you and your environmental innovations to thank for that.

New York, NY – June 21, 2009 – Sundance Channel will premiere season three of the award-winning original eco-series “Big Ideas for a Small Planet” beginning August 4th, 2009 at 8:00pm e/p.    The 13-part series airs as part of THE GREEN, Sundance Channel’s weekly primetime destination devoted to environmental programming.  The series is produced by Scout Productions.

Big Ideas for a Small Planet, the seminal documentary series on Sundance Channel and one of the first programs developed for THE GREEN, continues to be on the forefront of the discovery and discussion of green design, innovation, and process. Each week, a different green theme comes into focus through the work of three specific forward-thinking innovators — from scientists to product and fashion designers; from entrepreneurs to first-time inventors — inspiring audiences to incorporate green thinking and practices into all facets of their daily lives.  It asks audiences to imagine a world in which we eat, build, and raise our children green, but this season it expands its scope to address communities, animals, and art, as well as sports, music, and greener ways to relax.

This season Jackson Browne, Thom Filicia, Cindy Crawford, Soleil Moon Frye, and the Philadelphia Eagles are among those that will be featured and profiled. The series also showcases a cast of recurring expert commentators including award-winning scientist, geneticist, and author, Dr. David Suzuki; author and host of The Lazy Environmentalist Josh Dorfman; Urban Revitalization Strategist and host of Eco-Heroes Majora Carter; and Sustainability Journalist Simran Sethi.

Tuesday, August 18 at 8:00pm e/p
Episode 3: Edibles.  Industrial food production has nearly eliminated small family farms and access to fresh food.  Can we imagine a healthy food revolution?  Ideas include urban farming, immigrant farmers and healthy school lunches.  Featuring urban homesteader Jules Dervaes, Simran Sethi, Katrina Heron from the Chez Panisse Foundation, chef and journalist Louisa Chu, Mandy Davis from New Farms for New Americans, and Kristin Richmond and Kirsten Tobey from Revolution Foods.


  1. mary says:

    WOW! NEAT!
    I’d sure love to see this piece – but we don’t have TV.

    If it is ever available online, please post that information.


  2. Laura @ Laura Williams' Musings says:

    Ditto to what Mary said.

    No TV here either so if it becomes available online, please let us know.

    Thanks and Congrats!

  3. katecontinued says:

    Since I don’t have a TV either, it occurs to me I have an opportunity. This might be a great chance for me to broach this subject of food production with a neighbor. I know she has Sundance on her cable as she recommended a wonderful program, Iconoclasts, which I watched with her. Now the only tough part is stepping up and doing this community building exercise. *sigh*

  4. Louisa Chu says:

    Congratulations! Can’t wait to see you in action! I appear as a commentator on your episode. I believe it will be available online eventually – full episodes of both Seasons 1 and 2 are currently available on iTunes at a small price – at Hulu Season 1 clips and so far Season 2, Episode 1 are free!

  5. Jed says:

    For once I’m glad I have a TV (though I honestly seldom watch) and I even have the Sundance Channel. Will put the date on the calendar immeadiately.

  6. Louisa Chu says:

    You can now see a clip of your segment online!

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