Thursday, January 10, 2013
York College’s Sustainability and Environmental Studies Program will show the film "Truck Farm," which takes a look at the quirky world of urban agriculture, at 7 p.m., Jan. 31, in Room 218 of the Humanities Center. The event is open to the public free of charge.
Using green roof technology and heirloom seeds, filmmaker Ian Cheney plants a garden on the only land he's got: the back of his Grandad's old pickup truck. Once the truck bed begins to sprout, he and the Truck Farm set out to explore the rooftops, barges and windows that represent New York City's newest edible oases. The film is a whimsical call-to-farms, featuring nutritionist Marion Nestle, chef Dan Barber and musical narration by Brooklyn's The Fishermen Three.
The Truck Farm project advances the notion that growing a bit of one's food can be fun, easy and rewarding. The Truck Farm itself has become an icon in New York's urban agriculture community, and has been featured on National Public Radio and in The Washington Post.
The film "Truck Farm" is an official selection of the Washington, D.C. Environmental and Mountainview Telluride, CO film festivals and winner of awards at California's Wild & Scenic, Seoul's Green, and Florida's Cinema Verde film festivals.