You may have been walking, biking or driving down Arsenal this summer in Tower Grove East and seen something you couldn’t quite explain. Causing people to do double takes all summer long, Brian DeSmet (34XX Arsenal) has a farm in the back of his pickup truck. It’s all part of Truck Farm, a national educational art project with a fleet of activists planting vegetables in trucks to spread the joy of growing your own food.
DeSmet, St. Louis’ own Truck Farmer – as well as Tower Grove Farmers’ Market Manager – has been spending the summer taking the mobile farm on wheels to area summer camps, farmers market and street fairs. Of the project, DeSmet says “The best part is seeing kids’ faces light up when you talk to them about growing their own food, especially when you can pick something and let them taste it right there.”
DeSmet and Truck Farm –St. Louis present a screening of the whimsical film Truck Farmon Wednesday, August 24 at 7:30pm at the Schlafly Bottleworks’ Crown Room in Maplewood. You can take a quick tour of the St. Louis Truck Farm (a converted 1987 Ford F-150), then watch the film and stick around for a live Skype chat with the film’s director Ian Cheney (King Corn, Big River).
You can also help support the Truck Farm by eating at any St. Louis-area Chipotle on Thursday, August 25 from 11am-8pm. Mention “Truck Farm” and 50% of your bill (before tax) will go to support Truck Farm – St. Louis’ educational programs.
Submitted by Brian DeSmet.