A Pickup Truck Grows an Educational Mini-Farm A Pickup Truck Grows an Educational Mini-Farm
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A Pickup Truck Grows an Educational Mini-Farm

by Julie Ma

May 30, 2012

The community has been instrumental to the organization’s success, Brown says, donating compost, plants, and other supplies. The truck garden was designed and engineered by Chicago Specialty Gardens, which provides Petunia with a raised bed divided into a few sections to ensure the soil stays in place on the road and a drainage system with a permeable layer of landscape fabric. The crew plants seedlings that will sprout quickly, including lettuce, radish, kale, chard, broccoli, kohlrabi, beans, and a variety of herbs. As the weather warms up, cherry tomatoes, basil, rosemary, and eggplants will be added to the mix.

"One of my favorite quotes is, ‘If you don't take care of your body, where will you live?" Brown says. "Every child has the right to know how to care for themselves and to ultimately enjoy a higher quality of life."

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Photos courtesy of Truck Farm Chicago
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A Pickup Truck Grows an Educational Mini-Farm