Host & Executive Producer
Joe’s infatuation with gardening and nature began as a child after a run-in with his parents’ favorite shrub, he panicked and jammed the broken branch into the ground. A few weeks later, it had taken root. Joe was not only relieved; he was also hooked on horticulture.
That passion is evident to a nationwide audience who has watched Joe as host of the popular series, Fresh from the Garden on DIY Network and GardenSMART on PBS. As one of the country’s most recognized and trusted personalities in gardening and sustainability, today, he combines his national television experience and expertise of gardening, environmental stewardship and passion for living a more eco-friendly life, as host and producer of Growing a Greener World on public television. Joe also shares his know-how on NBC’s TODAY SHOW, ABC’s Good Morning America, The Weather Channel and more.
Off-camera, he is founder & CEO of The joe gardener® Company, devoted to environmentally responsible gardening and sustainable outdoor living. Joe is deeply committed to “growing a greener world” through his popular books, blog and podcast series, nationally syndicated newspaper column, and regular contributions to popular magazines and social media networks.
With an infectious personality and incredible culinary talent, Chef Nathan Lyon is known to viewers across the country for his simple, innovative cuisine featuring fresh, seasonal local ingredients. Host of Good Food America (Veria Living), and host of A Lyon in the Kitchen (Discovery Health and Fit TV), among the final four on the second season of The Next Food Network Star and appears as a guest chef / expert on Home Made Simple (TLC) and Real Simple Real Life (TLC).
Nathan’s first cookbook, Great Food Starts Fresh, is a seasonal exploration with recipes broken down into the five seasons: spring, summer, autumn, winter, and…chocolate! Nathan holds a BS in Health Science from James Madison University as well as a Culinary Arts Degree from Le Cordon Bleu. He has cooked for the Inspector General, numerous non-profit organizations, and has worked with local growers in California farmers markets for almost a decade. Blending grassroots and gourmet, Nathan believes that great meals make great neighbors.
Canning/Homesteading Expert & Co-Executive Producer
A life-long canner, city homesteader and graduate of the Master Food Preserver Program, Theresa Loe is passionate about taking the garden full circle (from seed, to table, to pantry) and capturing that seasonal, fresh-picked flavor with style. She is an award-winning garden writer for television, print media and video and one of the founding producers of Growing A Greener World. Specializing in city homesteading, edible landscapes, educational gardens for schools and preserving the harvest, Theresa is all about gardening sustainably.
Prior to coming to our team, Theresa was the host/producer of a video series on entertaining from the garden, a syndicated garden & food columnist, a radio garden correspondent on Talk Radio and appeared on various HGTV programs as a small-space garden expert. She holds a BS degree in engineering and studied both horticulture and professional culinary arts at UCLA. Theresa currently homesteads and feeds her family of four on only 1/10th of an acre in the heart of Los Angeles and she manages her family’s 1892 farmstead where they are currently working to restore an heirloom orchard. You can read more about her crazy homesteading and preserving adventures at LivingHomegrown.com.
Director of Photography
With a strong creative and technical background, Carl brings many years of expertise from various facets of the film and broadcast video industry. Trained in Mass Communications at the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale, he has produced episodic series as well as commercials for national television networks. Since 2003, his work includes directing, shooting and editing hundreds of episodes for GardenSMART, a national series on public television. Previously, Carl has worked for Dick Clark Productions and been a freelance video editor for other companies, including various broadcast TV stations. Carl is one of the founders of Day Three Media and now is the president of 212 Pictures.
Todd is a 20-year television production veteran whose work as a writer, producer, and director has been seen on HGTV, DIY Network, PBS, and Gospel Music Channel. After graduating from the University of Iowa, Todd produced over 800 hours of a live morning magazine-style show in a Top 10 market. A freelancer since 2001, Todd’s more recent work includes HGTV’s classic docuseries Ground Breakers and the current DIY Network smash hit Mega Dens. Todd has been a professional food writer since 2009 and is a regular contributor to the New York-based website Serious Eats. In addition to projects that have ranged from product copywriting to sports trivia to true crime memoirs to the history of Pac-Man, he also authored the how-to book Building Chicken Coops for Dummies. He currently lives in the suburbs of Atlanta, where he dreams of becoming either the starting quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys or the drummer for The Gaslight Anthem. Or both.
Lighting Director and Camera Operator
Creativity comes naturally for Leonard but his training and experience doesn’t hurt either. His technical expertise necessary to capture each moment perfectly, comes from the School of Visual Arts in NYC and work at Dino De Laurentis Film Studios (currently Screen Gems) in Wilmington, NC. As a Director of Photography and cameraman, Leonard’s gift of creativity gives him a feel for the artistic aspect of each image. His strength comes from his solid understanding of lighting and motion and how they translate emotionally to the viewer.
With over 25 years of experience and national awards acknowledging his talent along the way, Leonard continues to sharpen every aspect of cinematic storytelling.
Assistant (Coordinator of Chaos)
Our newest member to the team, Sarah is Joe’s right hand man, well woman. We know holding down World Headquarters is a difficult job, but if anyone can do it Sarah can. She comes complete with the full knowledge of coordinating busy lives and keeping it all together. Having just recently graduated from Kennesaw State University, Sarah comes to us with years of diverse professional experience. This year, Sarah and her family started their first vegetable garden. With high hopes of an abundant harvest, she is excited about the adventure it is taking her on.
“Breaking Ground” Podcaster Extraordinaire
Andrew Keys is journalist, radio producer, and lifelong gardener and he is producing a brand new podcast for Growing a Greener World called Breaking Ground. Andrew is the author of Why Grow That When You Can Grow This? 255 Extraordinary Alternatives to Everyday Problem Plants (Timber Press, 2012), and he’s also the brains behind Garden Confidential, a podcast from Fine Gardening magazine. Descended from Mississippi cotton farmers, Andrew was raised with a reverence for the land passed down generations, and he’s accredited as an organic land care professional by the Northeast Organic Farming Association.
Robin is not only the Founder and President of Garden Mentors®, she is also an important member of our GGW writing team. Robin is a pioneering garden coach and award-winning garden designer with a passion for cultivating beautiful, functional, sustainable outdoor spaces. She has appeared on HGTV’s Landscaper’s Challenge and was featured in our season one episode on Urban Beekeeping. In addition to holding a certificate in Environmental Horticulture from Lake Washington Technical College and a BA in English from UCSB, Robin is a Certified Professional Horticulturist (CPH) as defined by the Washington State Nursery and Landscape Association. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including Organic Gardening Magazine, The New York Times, Sunset Magazine and many, many others.
Camera Operator and Post-Production Assistant
Sara studied Film and Italian at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. She has worked in many forums, from the newsroom at Fox 5 in Atlanta to behind the scenes at the Travel Channel, but likes the atmosphere of being part of a production team the best! She brings a fresh perspective and an eye for detail to the set, and joviality to the editing studio. In her free time she enjoys photography, traveling, and short films. She would love to explore Russia, and appreciates a quick wit.
This Award-winning Producer and Director of Photography for Mixed Bag Media has been part of the joe gardener family for years, beginning with Joe’s first television series on the DIY Network, “Fresh from the Garden”. Always easy-going and enthusiastic, Jon has that wonderful ability to bring out the best of you in front of the camera. According to Jon, “to work with Joe Lamp’l often requires getting dirty, hot, wet, sun-baked and bug-bitten…which is all part of the fun!” Jon loves his work and enjoys being around people who are working hard to change the planet.