A crew in Tampa is taking urban farming to a whole new level. Technically, it could probably be considered a “container garden”, but rather than the traditional pots, it uses something new. This garden is planted in a truck bed! There is a similar truck farm in Chicago. The current Tampa owners saw the truck, and knew that they had to try it themselves. Not only does the truck make a cool container, but it also allows this garden to go mobile. The truck farm makes the rounds at various farmers markets and Chipotle residents. It also goes on field trips to elementary schools, and has been featured in various newspapers and TV spots around the Tampa area.
As mentioned above, there is a truck farm in Chicago, and there is also one in New York City. The New York truck farm was part of a documentary aptly called Truck Farm. The documentary took the truck on tour to meet other “urban farmer pioneers”. The documentary and the publicity surrounding it started getting others from around the US interested in truck farms. There are now truck farms in over a dozen states across the US. To see if there is a truck farm near you, click here.
The Tampa truck is owned by Fit Kids Playground, a group who works to combat childhood obesity. They teach about healthy eating in schools and hold events in area parks that encourages play and physical activity. The Tampa truck farm is also sponsored by Chipotle, which was originally started to revolutionize fast food into more healthy food.
Do these truck farms intrigue you? I don’t know about turning a nice new truck into a farm, but an old truck might be fun to use. Although, when you think about it, is soil and seeds any worse than some of the other stuff we cart around in our truck beds every day? I know if I ever did decide to start my own truck farm, I would definitely need a bedliner to protect my paint finish, and maybe even a truck toolbox to keep my gardening supplies in. After all, if you’re going to have a truck farm, you might as well have a truck farm in style!