Truck Farm was born in Brooklyn, NY in the spring of 2009, when Ian Cheney set out to plant a vegetable garden in the bed of his grandfather’s 1986 Dodge pick-up truck. The mobile garden project soon grew: Ian and collaborator Curt Ellis (co-creators of “King Corn”) took the public art project on the road, exhibiting Truck Farm at 40 schools and on the National Mall in DC. Their Truck Farm Garden Contest, judged by food celebrities Alice Waters, Michael Pollan and Marion Nestle, inspired 65 student groups to plant creative farms of their own. Now, the capstone of the Truck Farm project has been competed: the 45-minute documentary film “Truck Farm” was released telling the story of an old Dodge, a new kind of farming, and the future of food in the American city. In coordination with the release of the film, the Truck Farm has been upgraded to a fleet status of 25 Truck Farmers across the US.
Phoenix is proud to say that we are one of them. Truck Farm Phoenix will hit the road this fall 2011 reaching out to schools and youth organizations across the valley teaching kids how fun farming and healthy food can be, engaging them in thinking about where food comes from and getting them excited about growing food themselves.
Truck Farm Phoenix will debut Fall of 2011 in coordination with Phoenix’s fall and winter growing season and calendar school year.
Truck Farm Phoenix has a goal of reaching out to youth in at least 25 varied places by visiting underserved school districts, farmer’s markets, youth day camps, community centers and festivals and fairs as well as participating in World Food Day 2011.
With your help, we will be able to accomplish our goals. Donations go to covering the costs of the construction and planting of our previously-donated 1/2-size pick-up truck, gas, car insurance and education materials. All remaining funds after the season is over will be donated to our non-profit partner, Native Seeds/SEARCH. Thanks to our local fiscal sponsor, Slow Food Phoenix, donations meeting the minimum of $25 are tax-deductible.
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Email, for inquiries on visits: firstname.lastname@example.org
Facebook, to follow our adventures: Truck Farm Phoenix
Twitter, to get updates on our whereabouts: @TruckFarmPHX
National Website, for information on the national fleet and to book a screening: www.truck-farm.com
Thank you ahead of time for your support of Truck Farm Phoenix and, ultimately, the success of the project's mission!
Patty, Clea, Natalie and Mikey
Truck Farm Phoenix has made it this far with the help of and would therefore like to recognize Duncan Family Farms, Native Seeds/SEARCH, Slow Food Phoenix, Davis Graves Photography and Mikey Avila, our truck provider and farmer extraordinaire!
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