[In July, we named TruckFarm, and its founders Curt Ellis and Ian Cheney, the recipients of our 2010 Grant For Change. Recently they've been on the road, swinging through Portland for our upcoming Portraits photo series (see Eugénie's blog post from last week for more) and seeking out a West Coast Truck Farm cousin. Readers of The Thought Kitchen with an old truck and an interest in getting involved with this great crew should get in touch with us—we'll put you in contact with Ian and Curt. Once you have the truck, setting up the farm costs a mere $300.) - Ed.]
Truck farmer Ian Cheney traveled to Denver, CO with cinematographer Taylor Gentry to visit Truck Farm’s first sibling: Denver Urban Truck Farm. The owners of this beautiful ’66 Ford, Ashleigh and Ryan, provided a quick tour of the bed (which featured tomatoes, parsley, hot peppers, and a va- riety of herbs), and then a joyride through downtown complete with a visit to a suburban farmer’s market. Ian noted that the Denver Truck Farm was much more organized than his Brooklyn farm, which at the onset of fall was beginning to get jungly.
Editing continued on the documentary film, with songwriting and animation galore. Although only at a rough cut stage, the film is being sent off to festivals in the hopes of landing a strong premiere early in 2011. We are exploring ways of heating the greenhouse in case the old Dodge needs to make a winter appearance at a film festival somewhere…
Cooler weather on the Brooklyn streets allowed Ian to plan another round of lettuces, kale, and swiss chard, in addition to this year’s experiment: saffron! Saffron crocus bulbs will allegedly bloom in October, yielding, if all works out, our tiniest crop yet…stay tuned!