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Encyclopedia Pictura = Isaiah Saxon, Sean Hellfritsch and Daren Rabinovitch. They’re a directing team working in film, game design, art, architecture and agriculture. The trio grew up in Santa Cruz County and began collaborating on films in SF in 2003. Their unorthodox, hands-on working style often includes direct creation in all aspect of production – writing, designing, painting, sculpting, animating, photographing, directing, editing, compositing, and scoring. EP has won numerous awards for their music videos, including Video of the Year from DA&D, UK VMA, Antville, and Spin Magazine. For the last two years, EP has led an effort to build a unique hillside neighborhood in Aptos, California. They live and work there along with 15 others. They are co-founders of Trout Gulch Farm and Saxon serves on the board of Open Source Ecology. They are passionate about gardening, farming, construction, villages, social ecology, technological empowerment, adventure, and country living. Check this great interview by Esquire with the team here: esquire.com
Wicked Delicate is a production company that makes movies and Truck Farm is one of their projects. The basic idea is that truck farms are a great way to teach urban kids about food and farming and they can do that at school, as the trucks come to them. Using green-roof technology, lightweight soil and heirloom seeds, filmmakers Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis transformed granddad’s ’86 Dodge into a traveling 20-member CSA. They planted between the wheel wells with arugula and tomatoes, parked the truck on a Brooklyn street. Subscribers received deliveries of produce, arriving via the mobile farm itself. truck-farm.com
GMonkey Mobile travels the streets of Connecticut on bio-fuel. Created by Chef Mark Shadle and Ami Beach Shadle, The Shadles are all about sustainable, vegan/vegetarian fresh food-their moto being “GMonkey, Farm 2 Street.” Mark Shadle who is also part owner of It’s Only Natural (ION) Restaurant, is splitting his time between that eatery and the new one on wheels. Their menu changes on the daily, depending on whats in season and ready, but you can find items like Black bean+Chipolte burger on a homemade organic, gluten-free bun with pumpkin seed pesto and redpepper nayo (vegan mayo), Peanut whole-wheat soba noodles, Grilled Tempeh Rueben, Save the tuns raw wrap made with walnut pate, Lemon grass veggie curry, Grilled (Daiya) cheese with caramelized onions, Sweet potato fries and homemade kethchup, plus Raw fudge + goji berry truffels for dessert! gmonkeymobile.com
Food Farm is a food truck in San Diego, focused on local and organic, sustainable food. Menu items include grass fed sliders, ginger/chicken/orange salad, Soyrizo Chili Fries, and an Avocado Melt. foodfarmsd.com
The Farm Truck in NYC is the project of Holton Farms. They sell local goods like Vermont farm’s cucumbers, radishes and yellow squash, raw-milk maple walnut ice cream and Vermont Coffee Company’s fair-trade, organic beans. While the goal is to function as a mobile farm stand, obtaining a license for this has been a challenge for owners Jurrien Swarts, Seth Holton and George Hornig, so they can't actually sell the food to passers-by. Instead, it functions as a roaming pickup spot for their C.S.A. (community supported agriculture), in which customers subscribe for a share of produce and pick it up at 22 locations around NYC. Holton Farms allows subscribers to order whatever products are available, in whatever quantity desired, on the Web up to 36 hours ahead of pickup. holtonfarms.com