In the spirit of Meatless Mondays we thought you would enjoy this bit of creativity: The Truck Farm.
When Jimmy and I first heard about the Truck Farm project we just couldn’t believe that someone could, or even would, grow a garden in the bed of a truck. It just didn’t make sense. Well, the proof is in the pudding, or the bed of the truck, so to speak.
The Truck Farm is the trial experiment/project of Curt Ellis and Ian Cheney who, among other things:
…wanted address the fact that many American neighborhoods are food deserts—places where people don’t have access to fresh foods—whether they’re urban neighborhoods that only have liquor stores or rural places with acres of corn, soybeans and livestock, but no other fresh food is being grown. Creative agriculture is our response to that. (Eating Well: Truck Farm: Unusual Urban Garden Project).
Ellis and Cheney planted rows of arugula, tomatoes, lettuce, and hot peppers in the bed of their 1986 Dodge Ram. It was their only vehicle, so wherever they went, so too did their garden. As you can imagine, driving a garden around Brooklyn comes with special considerations, for example, “…we can’t really go over 40 or soil starts flying out of the back.” (Ellis, Eating Well). Ellis and Cheney’s project, “part political statement and part urban agricultural experiment” is also the focus of their award winning documentary. You can watch excerpt’s here http://truck-farm.com/#/Film. The Truck Farm project is sheer genius and I believe it’s just the kind of thinking we need.
Have a wonderful start to your week and a great Meatless Monday,