Watch the trailer for “Truck Farm”, and see if you can keep the silly grin off your face as you follow a tiny farm from dream to harvest, all in the back of an old Dodge pickup in Brooklyn.
A lot of you will already be familiar with Ian Cheney from his movie, King Corn. That documentary took on the highly subsidized crop behind so many of the troubles of our industrialized food system (and its health impacts).
When Cheney moved to New York City, he wanted to plant a garden. Community gardens had no room for him so he decided to try truck farming, using the 1986 Dodge his grandfather gave him when he graduated from college.
On his Truck Farm Web site, Cheney tells the story of the design, installation, maintenance and ultimate harvest of his urban micro-farm. He doesn’t stop there. He drives the farm around the city and beyond, introducing hundreds of children to farm-fresh food, from a quirky source.
This site - and the vision behind it - is so much fun. There’s even a tool kit for starting a truck farm of your own, as well as a competition for creative truck farms. (The winners of the 2012 contest should be posted soon.)
No need to stop with just the teaser below. Check out all the other Truck Farm videos on Wicked Delicate’s YouTube channel. Buy the award-winning movie (which will be available online soon). Check out the other truck farms scattered across the U.S. Then go find a friend with a truck (or donate your own), and start farming.
Thanks, Michael Dahl, for the tip about this quirky and life-affirming urban farm.