Truck Farm Chicago
Truck Farm Chicago, a rolling garden on wheels, marks its debut in Chicago on Earth Day, April 22nd. Truck Farm is the brainchild of Tim Magner, following a similar model begun in Brooklyn NY. CSG is helping Tim work through the mechanics of creating a rolling vegetable garden capable of withstanding Chicago’s heat, cold, heavy winds and rains – and potholes. Once completed, Tim will take the truck throughout Chicagoland – to schools, farmer’s markets and “food deserts” where fresh vegetables and fruits are in short supply, allowing kids to discover the fun and joy of growing their own foods.
From GOOD Magazine (©GOOD Worldwide, LLC):
A literal “food truck,” Truck Farm Chicago is a nonprofit organization that uses a 1994 Ford F-250 named Petunia to chauffeur a miniature farm. The project, which revved into gear on Earth Day, is a collaboration between sustainable development nonprofit Seven Generations Ahead and eco-friendly book-printer Green Sugar Press, a recent GOOD Maker finalist whose co-founders Shari Brown and Tim Magner were inspired by King Corn director Ian Cheney’s first truck farm in Brooklyn, NY.
The community has been instrumental to the organization’s success, Brown says, donating compost, plants, and other supplies. The truck garden was designed and engineered by Chicago Specialty Gardens, which provides Petunia with a raised bed divided into a few sections to ensure the soil stays in place on the road and a drainage system with a permeable layer of landscape fabric. The crew plants seedlings that will sprout quickly, including lettuce, radish, kale, chard, broccoli, kohlrabi, beans, and a variety of herbs. As the weather warms up, cherry tomatoes, basil, rosemary, and eggplants will be added to the mix.