Growing your own is a time-honored American tradition; growing food, that is. The current small-scale agricultural revival has birthed all sorts of innovations in microgardening, from stacked window boxes to hanging tomato plants to the deliciously subversive truck farm. Converting the bed of a gas-guzzling pick up truck into arable land is a brilliant use of space, as well as great advertising for the grow it yourself movement. Documentary filmmaker Ian Cheney, director of King Corn
and Big River
, chronicles the rise of the rolling farm in the simply titled Truck Farm
, which screens at 7:30 p.m. at Schlafly Bottleworks (7260 Southwest Avenue, Maplewood; 314-241-2337 or www.schlafly.com
). Maplewood Farmers' Market manager Brian DeSmet will drive his own truck farm to the screening and offer tips and tours of his converted 1987 Ford F-150, and Cheney will Skype in for a post-film talk. Admission is free.
Wed., Aug. 24, 2011