Inspired by a similar project in Brooklyn, the Denver Urban Truck Farm was started in 2010 by two Landscape Architecture graduate students and highlights the growing trend of urban agriculture in a unique and mobile form. In its inaugural year, the Farm was incredibly well-received. The project successfully demonstrates to the public that food can be grown in the smallest of urban spaces and that vegetable plants and herbs are incredibly productive, even in containers. The Truck Farm also raises awareness of the connection between food and fuel, while it’s construction highlights the design of green roof systems, a growing trend in the field of sustainable design and architecture.
The Farm is constructed in the bed of a 1966 Ford F-250 pickup truck and provides approximately 40 square feet of growing space. Food crops for 2011 will include tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, lettuces, radishes, leafy greens, and a variety of herbs. The Farm will include two crops, a spring cool season crop of lettuces, greens, radishes, and broccoli, and a summer warm season crop of tomatoes, peppers, and other hardy vegetables and herbs. All crops will be grown organically from seed.
The Denver Urban Truck Farm will be participating in several local events in 2011, including the Old South Pearl Street farmer’s market on Sunday, and the Civic Center Eats Lunchtime Market on Tuesday and Thursday throughout the summer. Additionally, the Farm will be making appearances at various elementary schools throughout the Denver area to provide children with a unique look at growing food in an unlikely place.
Ashleigh Quillen and Ryan Sotirakis are Masters’ candidates in Landscape Architecture at the University of Colorado Denver.