Truck Farm is a non-profit putting its own spin on the term "food truck". The mobile garden education project uses truck beds filled with dirt to grow vegetables, literally bringing the farm to the kids.
Started by film-maker and activist Ian Cheney, co-creator and star of the hit documentary King Corn, Truck Farm has taken off, with over 20 mobile farms across the US. A truck farm is exactly what it says: an old truck with a farm in the truck bed. The aim is to get people thinking about how food is produced, and show how easy it is to grow food in the most unlikely places.
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Truck Farm's focus is on educating inner-city children and families about healthy eating and organic growing. Visits to the trucks normally include a tour of the farm, plant identification, taste tests, and sensory exploration. Children get to plant a seed in a newspaper pot to continue the learning at home.
Childhood obesity in the US is the highest in the world, so there's an enormous need for education about nutrition and sustainable food. Truck Farm does both.
Further reading: Learn about Truck Farms from the website.