A truck filled with dirt and vegetable plants is touring the Tampa area to inform residents about the importance of growing healthy food.
Truck Farm Tampa’s garden is a “mobile education unit,” visiting schools, festivals and outdoor markets, said its owner, Marisa Langford.
She created her version after seeing a truck farm documentary and seeing such a project in Chicago.
“I want to teach kids and the community how easy it is to grow the food and to think outside the box where they can grow a garden,” she said. “All it takes is sun, soil, water and air.”
The garden contains lettuce, peppers, squash and other plants – all grown organically.
At the visits, children can sample applesauce packages and then plant seeds in the empty packages.
“The idea is they can upcycle something,” Langford said.
Appearances scheduled include:
—May 12 and Nov. 10: Seminole Heights Sunday Morning Market.
—June 1: Wiregrass Fresh Market in Pasco.
—July 13 and Dec. 14: North Tampa Market in Carrollwood Village.
—Aug. 4 and Oct. 6: Hyde Park Village.
For information, see truckfarmtampa.com/ or www.facebook.com/pages/Truck-Farm-Tampa/303425593018571