Truck Farm Write-Up in College News!

June 26, 2010 § Leave a comment

This is pretty cool! Here is a brief mention in the College of Architecture & Planning’s most recent newsletter. It doesn’t say much that we haven’t already said, but we really like getting the shout-out! Thanks CAP!

MLA STUDENTS BUILD DENVER URBAN TRUCK FARM

Sunday, June 27, 9:00am-1:00pm – Old South Pearl Street Farmer’s Market, 1500 block of South Pearl Street between Florida Avenue and Iowa Avenue, Denver


Ashleigh Quillen and Ryan Sotirakis, Master of Landscape Architecture students, have started the Denver Urban Truck Farm. This is urban agriculture presented in a whole new way. They used components of a green roofing system to build the farm in an empty 1966 Ford truckbed. They want to show Denver (and beyond) that growing your own food can happen in even the most unlikely of places. Remnants of the past can literally become new vehicles for growing food – like the tomatoes, peppers, cabbages, shallots, onions, cilantro and Boxwood basil they have planted here. Visit Ashleigh and Ryan at Denver’s Old South Pearl Street Farmer’s Market every Sunday and buy one of their t-shirts!”

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Things Are A-Growin’

June 24, 2010 § 2 Comments

Sure enough, all those veggies we planted in the truck are doing wonderful! Well, except our basil – which I have never been able to keep alive for the life of me. Finicky little herb, basil is. Everything else looks great though! The cabbages are getting huge, there are several very large peppers, and we even have a few tomatoes starting to ripen! It should be an exciting day at the market this Sunday – come by and see the farm!

Additionally, the Denver Urban Gardens event was great and their documentary “Green Shoots” is fantastic! They did a great job showing the connection between community gardening and public health. I urge you to check out the film, it should be on their website soon. The DUG folks really liked the truck farm as well…

Denver Urban Gardens Film Screening

June 22, 2010 § 1 Comment

Hey Truck Fans! We will be at the Denver Urban Gardens “Green Shoots” film screening at Fuel Cafe tomorrow night, June 23rd @ 7:00 pm. Come support Denver Urban Gardens and network with other urban agriculture folks – including the Truck Farm! It’s will be a great night to get out and support a good cause for our community.

Poster designed by Patrick Kiernan (prkiernan@gmail.com).

Get Your T-Shirt!

June 22, 2010 § Leave a comment

The Denver urban truck farm t-shirts turned out great! InkArt did a fantastic job with them. Help us spread the word about the truck farm – come get your shirt at the South Pearl Street Farmer’s Market this Sunday, June 27th from 9:00 – 1:00! We’re at the corner of South Pearl & East Florida. Children’s shirts are $12, Adults are $15, and proceeds go to recoup the costs of construction.

Our First Shout-Out

June 9, 2010 § Leave a comment

Thanks to Nate Abbott at Live Urban Real Estate for the great little write-up about the truck farm!

The Farm Is Born

June 7, 2010 § 1 Comment

It took a long time, but the truck farm is finally here! After finishing spring semester, and Ryan’s “Maymester” trip to Chicago, we finally had time to dedicate solely to the truck. Ashleigh had the bed waterproofed a week ago, and over the past few days we went from an empty 1966 Ford to a fully functioning urban farm on wheels. We used components of a green roofing system to build the farm and it was a great learning experience in the process.

On the very bottom of the bed we cut and installed a layer of specially designed drainage tiles. These tiles collect water and channel it out of the bed, and allow for air to circulate underneath. We topped the drainage tiles with a root barrier fabric, and a dense filter fiber layer which will hold moisture and prevent roots from damaging the drainage tiles below. Once these were installed it was time to get soil. We headed to Renewable Fiber and loaded the bed with a cubic yard of expanded shale. This material is much, much lighter than soil but still provides the depth needed for roots to grow. On top of the shale we used a combination of potting soil and bio-organic soil supplement mixed with a dash of compost. This gave the truck bed an additional 4 – 5 inches of soil depth and will be nutrient-rich for the plants. Against the cab we used a piece of cedar to create a deeper bed for tomatoes to ensure that they have at least 12 – 14 inches of growing room.


Once all of this was in place it was time to plant! With a little help from some friends the planting event went pretty quickly. Soon we were able to admire our work – 4 tomatoes (Early Girl and First Lady), 8 various peppers (Anaheim, Big Jim, Jalapeno and Sweet Banana), 4 cabbages (Emerald and Chinese), 4 shallots, 1 Spanish yellow onion (an experiment), 2 cilantro and 2 Boxwood basil.

On Sunday we made our way to the Old South Pearl Street Farmer’s Market and pulled the truck right up to one end. We were a hit! Overall, people loved the idea and thought it was incredibly fun and creative. It was very popular with the kids too! Despite the blazing heat, we were all thrilled with the response and enjoyed our first Sunday at the market. Many more to come! And soon we hope to have some better marketing materials and maybe even t-shirts!

Special thanks to Andy Creath of Green Roofs of Colorado for his generous support and donation of materials!

Happy growing!

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