Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Movable feast

By Tony Cella

When Ian Cheney takes his truck for a spin, he keeps more than spades and fertilizer in the back — he brings his whole garden with him.

On May 3, The Red Hook filmmaker, who grows crops out of the back of his 1968 Dodge pickup truck, will talk about his adventures in urban farming through video as part of the Open City Dialogue lecture series at Pete’s Candy Store.

“Urban gardens are essential for the future of city dwellers,” said Jamie Hook, who organizes the Williamsburg lecture series. “Growing food is necessary for a sustainable future for the city.”

The truck farm — which supports a 20-person produce buyers club called a CSA — will also be in tow that night, as Cheney shows other interested urban farmers how to build a trough when open land is few and far between.

Be ready to get your hands dirty.

Ian Cheney at Pete’s Candy Store [709 Lorimer St. near Richardson Street in Williamsburg, (718) 302-3770], May 3, 7:30 pm. For info, visit


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