Posted on Mon, April 18, 2011 by Jerusha Klemperer
6 Comments | Categories: Biodiversity, Farms and Farming, Film/TV/Radio, Food Justice, Take Action, Youth Food Movement,
by Hnin Hnin
Some farmers have thousands of acres of land. Some farmers have a few. Truck Farmers have a pile of dirt in the back of a pickup truck. Truck Farm is a simple concept with a big impact. It’s a mini-mobile farm, an edible exhibit, and the focus of a documentary coming out this winter. What exactly can you do with a 4x8 bed of soil and seeds on wheels? Add an ambitious farmer with the passion to teach kids about growing and eating healthy food, and you’ve got one of the coolest urban agriculture projects around. That’s why Slow Food USA has partnered up with Truck Farm to recruit some of the freshest new urban farmers in town.
After months of planning and planting, a fleet of 25 Truck Farmers across the country are about to take to the road, popping up at schools, camps, street fairs, outdoor concerts, and anywhere else large groups of youth congregate. They’re revved up and ready to go…
BUT there’s one snag—7 of the 25 farmers don’t have a truck! Meet Cate Brennan, a student and leader of Slow Food University of Rhode Island. With your help, she and her group can become some of the youngest Truck Farmers on the fleet.
Here’s what Cate has to say to you:
“We decided to become Truck Farmers because we wanted to build community. Rhode Island may be a small state, but it is very diverse. In the southern part of Rhode Island we see many rural farming communities, but in the more northern and urban parts, such as Providence of Pawtucket, we have elementary-schoolers who have never seen a real cow or eaten a vegetable straight out of a garden. We want to bridge this gap! By having a traveling truck farm, we could link people to agriculture and give real, fresh food to the people who need it most.
It would mean the world to us if we were to get a truck donated for our project. As a student-run volunteer organization, we don’t have much in terms of funds, but would so much love to be able to complete this project. We can’t do it without a truck. We ask any kindhearted individual with an old clunker to please consider us before scrapping or selling. We can change the way people eat one truck at a time!”