Way back in 2012, we brought the surprisingly comedic film Truck Farm to Louisville, for what we believe was it’s Kentucky premiere. A packed room joined us at Eiderdown for the screening and a discussion of urban agriculture.
The film, on the surface about two Brooklynites who planted a farm in the back of a pickup truck because they couldn’t find any land in New York City, is really “the story of a new generation of quirky urban farmers.” The truck was more than a place to grow fresh vegetables, it was a way to spread the word about urban agriculture and healthy food with a mobile garden that could move through the community.
Following the film’s release in 2011, truck farms began popping up across the country, and now Louisville might have a truck farm of its very own—with your support.
Louisville’s nonprofit Food Literacy Project has launched a crowdfunded Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for the truck farm and the community has already chipped in over $10,000 with ten days to go. According to the organizers:
Can you picture it? A traveling, edible, tactile learning garden planted right in the back of a pickup truck. A mobile farm bringing seasonal produce at different levels of growth directly to neighborhood schools. Students eagerly engaging in hands-on learning—touching, smelling, and tasting fresh fruits and vegetables.
Our vision is to reach more schools and communities, especially those who don’t have their own gardens. You can help bring the Field-to-Fork experience to more local schools.
As of this publishing, there are only ten days left to support the Louisville Truck Farm, and there some great rewards to go along with your pledge. Head on over to the project’s Indiegogo page for more information and to make a donation. If all goes according to plan, the Louisville Truck Farm could hit the streets as soon as June 17, 2015.