Truck Farm is a mobile garden education project founded in Brooklyn, NY. Director Ian Cheney's other projects include King Corn, The Greening of Southie, and The City Dark. Please join our e-mail list to help us make a difference!
We invite folks of all ages to get planting for our 4th Annual Truck Farm Garden Contest. It’s easy! Just plant a seed in the most creative place you can think of (a shoe? a football helmet? surprise us!), snap a photo once your seed sprouts, and submit your entry to our special guest judges using this online submission form.
The deadline for submissions is June 1, so plant those seeds soon! We can’t wait to see what you grow.
Photo courtesy of our fleet member Truck Farm Omaha - way to grow!
Thanks to everyone who entered and helped spread the word about our third annual Truck Farm Garden Contest! Special thanks to our judges, Michael Pollan and Marion Nestle.
First place, with a gift certificate for the Seed Savers Exchange, goes to Karlie Cole of Minnesota. Karlie wrote, “Inspired by Truck Farm – but with no truck and no sun except on the driveway – my Prius became a greenhouse!” Check it out:
Second place, with a Truck Farm DVD and trucker hat, goes to Steve Madewell of Maryland. Steve created a vertical LEGO garden:
Steve wrote, “I’ve been experimenting with ways to encourage children and families to invent their own methods of growing fresh food at home, regardless of where home may be… It turns out LEGOs drain fairly well, are easy to reconfigure for plant growth, and most plants don’t seem to mind being grown in and around toys.”
Thanks to our warm TRUCK FARM (and THE CITY DARK) audiences and hosts at the recent Port Townsend Film Festival! A true highlight of the festival weekend was a visit from Truck Farm Seattle. Kathy and Todd drove two hours to Port Townsend in their 1972 Ford truck farm, and, thanks to an ingenious piece of plywood that doubles as a mural, the veggies survived!
Check the TRUCK FARM Facebook page for more photos from this terrific visit. Kathy and Todd, so glad you came!
Check out Ian’s TRUCK FARM interview in a new podcast from An Organic Conversation.
The podcast, called “The Landscape of Hunger: Irrigating Food Deserts,” also features David Goodman, director of the Redwood Empire Food Bank in Santa Rosa, CA, and Rick Schneiders, founder of MoGro Mobile Grocery in Santo Domingo Pueblo, NM.
It’s market season! Truck Farms are visiting their local farmers markets and community gardens, in addition to schools, summer camps, and after-school programs, for outreach and education while gearing up for harvest.
Denver Urban Truck Farm
In Spring 2011, the Truck Farm fleet expanded to include 25 trucks across the country. Since then our Truck Farmers have reached thousands of students at school programs and other venues, and educators say the Truck Farm visits encourage many students to get involved in school and community gardening programs. Keep it up!
DC Central Kitchen Truck Farm
We’re hatching plans to add 20 new trucks to the Truck Farm fleet across the country in 2012, and we’re working to expand our Truck Farmer toolkit. Interested in setting up or sponsoring a Truck Farm in your community? Download an info sheet and email [email protected]
In Spring 2011, Truck Farm held its first ever Garden Contest, inviting kids across the nation to plant seeds in creative, quirky, and reclaimed spaces. Our fleet of truck farmers helped spread the word about the contest and held planting parties in their cities. Celebrity guests and food visionaries Michael Pollan, Alice Waters, and Marion Nestle selected the winner from among hundreds of young people who participated.
The Grand Prize went to Ivan Skrabalo of New York, NY, for his “Every Day Parsley Farm.” Ivan won a home-planting kit and signed DVD copies of KING CORN and TRUCK FARM.
2011 Truck Farm Garden Contest winner (with his parsley garden) rests after a hard day on the farm.
Stay tuned for news about our 2012 Garden Contest and School Garden Song Contest!