[TruckFarm, and its founders Curt Ellis and Ian Cheney, are the 2010 recipients of our $10,000 Grant For Change. They sent us this update from the road, where they're growing and educating on the go. Learn more about the farm, and their upcoming film, at their website, truck-farm.com - Ed.]
It’s been a busy month for TRUCK FARM!
On October 19th , we participated in a small fundraiser for our friends at New Amsterdam Market, a new outdoors market near the Old Fulton Fish Market in Manhattan. For the fundraiser, Truck Farm produce was part of a festive autumn meal held in a small restaurant in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Ian Cheney gave a short presentation about the film & food project to a dozen invited guests.
A week later, Ian brought the truck to an after-school program at a local public school in Brooklyn, where kids tasted the truck?s sage, basil, tomatoes, arugula and other treats, before heading off to begin planting their own vegetables in an indoor greenhouse.
On Friday, November 5th, we were invited to share a sneak preview of the film TRUCK FARM at the Smithsonian in Washington DC, as part of their Food for Tomorrow symposium. The event was an enormous success; Truck Farm musician-in-residence Simon Beins played a set of music before the show, and several hundred people joined for the screening itself, which was followed by a cocktail reception in one of the museum’s Halls of Invention.
Returning back to New York City, we are now putting the final touches on TRUCK FARM the film, and we’re pleased to find our first saffron crocus emerging from the chilly November soil!