Image: Rachel Cernansky
I saw the truck as we entered the Old South Pearl Street farmer's market on Sunday, but what I thought was an awesome old truck selling greens out of the back was even better—it was growing them. Lined with dirt, the bed of the truck literally sprouts all kinds of greens, from lettuce to tomato plants to a variety of herbs. Not the first of its kind, the Denver Urban Truck Farm was inspired by a similar project in Brooklyn and is part of a whole fleet of truck farms scattered around the country. The truck aims to demonstrate that food is "not only easy to grow, but can thrive in the most unlikely of containers."
The farm is built into a 1966 Ford F-250 pickup truck, and has about 40 square feet of growing space, which it maintains using organic practices. Water drains out through holes drilled into the bottom of the truck. The farm has two growing seasons: a spring season with lettuces, greens, radishes, and broccoli, and a summer season with tomatoes, peppers, and a few other hardy vegetables.
Started last year by two landscape architecture grad students, the Urban Truck Farm has been working this year on a restaurant sponsorship program—promoting urban agriculture and local food systems while giving restaurant guests the opportunity to interact with the farm.
Perhaps most excitingly, the truck has been visiting elementary schools throughout the Denver area to provide children with a closer look at food being grown in an unlikely place.
To find a similar project near you, visit the Truck Farm fleet website.
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