Truck Farm: Mobile Urban Gardening [video]


Curt Ellis and Ian Cheney, the filmmakers behind the documentary King Corn, are working on a new film / art project "Truck Farm," a living, mobile garden inside the bed of a 1986 Dodge half-ton pickup truck, parked on the streets of Brooklyn. It's a mobile CSA — with twelve paying subscribers — growing tomatoes, broccoli, arugula, and parsley.

Over at Civil Eats, Curt Ellis described the project: "I like to think that the project’s curb appeal goes beyond its novelty... our veggie truck wasn’t meant to be a model for any larger fleet of four-wheeled farmland (though a conversion craze might be Detroit’s last hope). We wanted it to be a showcase for urban agriculture of the low-carbon variety."

They're using a solar-powered time-lapse camera to document the project, and will be posting video excerpts throughout the summer, which will eventually be released as a short film on DVD. The truck, however, is turning out to be more popular than the filmmakers themselves. Ellis writes: "Truck Farm is getting invited to way more summer barbecues than its owners."

See the video excerpts below, featuring the musical stylings of The Fisherman Three, evoking hipster Brooklyn nostalgia. Marion Nestle makes an appearance in episode two:

Truck Farm Teaser

Truck Farm - Episode 1

Truck Farm - Episode 2

[via Civil Eats]

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  1. that's so cool the idea and how they done it...

  2. maxpickle

    love it. with parking in some neighborhoods you may have to drive your farm around the block a few times. I want a red wagon farm that I can take for long walks in the rain.

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