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Film: “Truck Farm” [2011]–Central

When: Back to Calendar August 14, 2013 @ 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Where: Arlington Central Library Auditorium
1015 North Quincy Street
Arlington,VA 22201
Cost: Free
Contact: 703-228-6321
Categories: Films Garden
Tags: @ Central

truck farmA Wednesday Expert Gardening Event

‘Truck Farm’ is a whimsical documentary film about urban agriculture.

Filmmaker Ian Cheney (“King Corn”) planted a 1/1000th-acre farm in the back of his 1986 Dodge pick-up-truck in the spring of 2009, after coming to New York City and lacking any other place of his own to grow food. Using green-roof materials, heirloom seeds, and a healthy dose of optimism and humor, Ian created a mobile community farm that yielded a wide range of vegetables and led to the discovery and exploration of other creative, quirky, community-based agriculture efforts all over the city.



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  1. Pam Juhl says:

    I show this awesome 48-minute film to my middle school and high school students. The filmmaker, Ian Cheney, also stars in the film, which centers on the ups and downs of his efforts at truck farming in Brooklyn, New York. It also highlights four other methods of urban farming/gardening, one of which has recently received local attention in the media. Ian includes lots of music and some cartoons and caricatures to add to the fun and the learning.

    Ian was very supportive a few years ago when Friends of Arlington’s David M. Brown Planetarium and thousands of local citizens worked successfully to save the local planetarium from being closed. The Friends showed another awesome film of his, award-winning “The City Dark” (about urban light pollution) as a fundraiser after Ian reached out to us to offer his help. I met him at the Washington D.C premiere viewing of that film. And I show that film to my students as well.

  2. Colin Jevens says:

    My family is very interested in organic agriculture and the return of urban gardening. We are very interested in seeing this documentary and plan to attend.
    Thank you to all responsible for creating this event.

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