A Produce Farm in a Pickup Truck
When Fayette Plumb gave his grandson the keys to a pickup that's more than 2 decades' old, he didn't think that his grandson would transform it into a mobile produce garden that would support a 20-member Community Supported Agriculture team that would drive all over to educated people about how to grow produce in every place imaginable.
Using green-roof technology and heirloom seeds, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis transformed an '86 Dodge into a traveling produce patch and educational tool.
The mobile garden project soon grew: Truck Farm visited 40 schools and the USDA on an Earth Week Tour. It inspired 65 student groups to start their own gardens in unexpected places. And now, as the star of a documentary film, Truck Farm is set to showcase innovative urban agriculture taking root around the country.
Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis are the makers of the docu-drama titled King Corn, which showcasses the dominance and ubiquity of corn in the American diet, livestock industries, consumer goods, and the American economy. As the filmakers demonstrate, even the box that contains the cereal made mainly from corn, is made from corn. What is the health and environmental cost of America's dependence on the monoculture of corn?
These guys bring the promotion of good stewardship of the earth, urban agriculture, slow food, diversity in the American diet, eating healthy, the principles of reduce, reuse, and recycle, to a whole new level; the truck farm gives meals on wheels a whole new meaning.
Their work proves that passion for all things good for humans and the earth goes a long way in creating a positive impact on peoples' lives.