Best Green Living Shows for A Rainy Summer Day

It’s a rainy summer day in the City, so grab your favorite bamboo blanket and catch up on two of the best sustainable living TV shows out there – “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution” and “The Beekman Boys.”


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Airing on ABC every Friday at 8pm PST, Jamie Oliver’s second season of battling bureaucracy to bring healthy lunches to schoolchildren finds him in Los Angeles, the capital of fast food.  Despite a series of setbacks – i.e. having filming permits revoked, working tirelessly with a local fast food owner stuck in his old ways, being attacked openly at a conference for school lunch cooks – Jamie forges ahead and continues his educational campaign.  His passion is inspiring, and even the most savvy organic cooks among us are sure to learn a thing or two.  Wait until you see what the coating on shiny candy is made from!

For a recap on the award-winning Season 1 and the recipe for Jamie’s delicious Asparagus & Pesto Risotto, check out my previous post.  Trust me, his show will make you want to run the kitchen immediately and start whipping up your own meals!


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Gentleman farmers Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Dr. Brent Ridge, on the other hand, are approaching sustainable eating in a different way on Discovery Channel’s “The Beekman Boys.”  Escaping New York City life to start their own “experiment in seasonal living,” the two purchase the stately and picturesque Beekman Mansion (built in 1802 near Sharon Springs), meet Farmer John and his goats, turn the mansion into a working farm, and begin a cheese and artisanal product line.  From goat milk soap to heirloom linens, their products have become so popular that I’ve been on the wait list for the Beekman 1802 Blaak cheese for over half a year!

Josh and Brent’s farm antics, lessons and adventures – from raising a barn to trekking baby sheep to Martha Stewart’s estate – are entertaining and will make you want their “simple” life.  I had the chance to meet them at this year’s Green Festival in San Francisco, and they are as friendly and fun in person as they are on camera. Watch reruns and new episodes of the second season on the Planet Green network.  Check local listings for times.

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