Saturday, January 2, 2010

Truck Farming?

Brooklynites Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, are on the road to the future.
These environmental documentary-makers, have come up with an ingenious solution to that age-old question - " How do you grow your own food when you ain’t got no land?
Answer: Truck Farming!

Here's their YouTube teaser about how they got their agribusiness going...

Inspiring, eh?
The boys created their own version of a hybrid car by planting a mobile garden in the back of their Dodge pick-up. Growing arugula, lettuce, broccoli, herbs, tomatoes and habanero chilies, the “cardeners” have even started a CSA. As the soundtrack to this clip explains: “for only $20 bucks you can eat whatever grows in this truck''.
Transforming their Dodge was no walk in the parking lot. First, holes were drilled into the bed for drainage. Using the same technology as the latest rooftop gardens, NYC based Alive Structures helped to install a root barrier, erosion blanket and drainage mat into the flatbed. Then the soil, a special lightweight blend of Styrofoam, organics, and clay, was poured on top.
Us city-dwellers have to be creative, resourceful and experimental if we want to green our concrete jungle. Ideas like this one are going to put urban farming into overdrive, inspiring new ways of thinking about space. These two pioneers have found a vast new territory just by walking down to their parking spot, creating a concept that is sure to get some serious mileage.

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  1. I totally love this idea... never have to pack snacks again!

  2. Dear ATW,
    Glad you were similarly affected by their ingeniousness!cheers,Indira

    Dear Sally,
    My sentiments exactly. Can just see a road trip with my Holden Ute farm. Indira