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Truck Farm Tampa

Fit Kids Playground is excited to announce that we will be bringing Truck Farm Tampa to life during the Spring and Summer of 2012!

If you don’t know exactly what “Truck Farm” is, please visit the Wicked Delicate Film and Food Project, in which we are now an official fleet member! And we will be using Facebook to keep everyone updated on this new project. Click here to follow us!

Truck Farm is a simple concept with a big impact.

Truck Farm tells the story of a new generation of American farmers. Using green roof technology and heirloom seeds, filmmaker Ian Cheney plants a vegetable garden on the only land he’s got: his Granddad’s old pickup. Once the mobile garden begins to sprout, viewers are trucked across New York to see the city’s funkiest urban farms, and to find out if America’s largest city can learn to feed itself. Blending serious exposition with serious silliness, Truck Farm entreats viewers to ponder the future of urban farming, and to consider whether sustainability needs a dose of whimsy to be truly sustainable. Run time: 48 minutes.

Truck Farm Tampa has to thank Chipotle for being it’s a Founding Partner for 2012! We are looking forward to educating the Tampa community about urban gardening and so much more!

Called “the coolest urban agriculture project around” by The Huffington Post, it engages young people in thinking about where food comes from, gets them excited about growing food themselves, and teaches them that healthy food can be fun.

Truck Farm was born in Brooklyn, NY in the spring of 2009, when Ian Cheney planted a 1/1000-acre vegetable garden in the bed of his grandfather’s 1986 Dodge pick-up truck. The mobile garden project soon grew: Ian and collaborator Curt Ellis (both Peabody-winning co-creators of the documentary film “King Corn”) turned Truck Farm into a 20-member CSA and took the public art project on the road, exhibiting at 40 schools and on the National Mall in DC. Ian and Curt’s talks and advocacy efforts, profiled on NPR, MSNBC in The Atlantic and The Washington Post, promoted equitable access to healthy food and encouraged kids to grow their own vegetables.

The Truck Farm Film

The capstone of the project is the 50-minute Truck Farm documentary about urban farming, which premiered at the 2011 Wild & Scenic Film Festival. The film, with musical narration, whimsical animation, and the spirit of a kids’ movie even grown-ups can love, follows Ian, Curt, and the Brooklyn Truck Farm on a journey to meet New York’s urban farmer pioneers.

In 2010, Wicked Delicate Films began fielding requests from individuals who saw the film and wanted to start their own Truck Farms to spread the word about urban agriculture in their communities. In winter 2010, Wicked Delicate Films and its fiscal sponsor–the Sustainable Markets Foundation– started to formalize what would become the Truck Farm Fleet.

The Truck Farm Fleet

Launched on Earth Day 2011, 25 Truck Farms took to the road for appearances at schools, summer camps, farmers’ markets, concerts, fairs, and Truck Farm film screenings to educate kids and young adults about their urban agriculture, ecology, nutrition, and where their food comes from. With generous support from our partners, we were able to provide micro-grants to many Truck Farmers to help them get started. Truck Farmers from food co-ops, student groups, gardening groups, urban food activists, educators, and environmental non-profits have become a friendly face mobilizing (literally) the urban agriculture movement.

Truck farmers teach not only nutrition and food education, but also soil ecology, plant systems, and the benefits of organic growing. Bringing their micro-farms to communities across the country, Truck Farms educates the community about healthy and nutrition and raises awareness about community building and about access to healthy foods in underserved communities.

Since the Truck Farm kickoff on Earth Day 2011, Truck Farmers across the nation have reached upwards of 13,000 children ages 3-18, as well as countless adults. Truck Farm Tampa will launch in early spring of 2012 and will specifically target their engagement activities to low-income schools, community organizations, and public venues, to help bring hands-on nutrition and science education under-resourced groups.

Local Visits & School Classes

The long-term goal of the national Truck Farm Project is to have a traveling, tactile edible farming demonstration bringing nutrition education, environmental science, and urban gardening education to every urban center in the country. Through hands-on learning, kids learn how fun farming and healthy food can be, are engaged in thinking about where their food comes from, and are excited about growing healthy food themselves.

Truck Farm will impact our community by bringing hands-on educational activities about nutrition, health, farming and environmental science to under-resourced schools. By bringing the activity directly to schools, we can provide engaging learning opportunities to schools and programs that may lack the funding for field trips and activities. The Truck Farm visits help to supplement teachers’ curriculum and engage students in plant biology, nutrition, soil ecology, and more!

Visiting farmers markets, festivals, and parks, Truck Farm also helps build awareness about local food, urban agriculture, and agricultural systems. Drawing attention to the lack of growing space in urban centers, the Truck Farm encourages people to use space effectively and to plan creatively in order to feed a hungry city.

We are excited to bring this to the Tampa Bay area! We hope that it will generate a conversation in our community! We look forward to seeing everyone on the road!

If you are interested in being a part of this project please contact us for sponsorship information!

See you on the road!

Marisa Langford, Tampa Truck Farmer

To purchase the DVD, click here.

All images are courtesy of Wicked Delicate. Please inquire about usage.