Well-planned cities can act as hubs of activity for entire regions. Syracuse is no different with its many concert venues, theaters, restaurants, museums, and the like. Regardless of this wealth of culture and vibrancy, urban living can disconnect us from the natural world. Because of active citizens, Syracuse is lucky to be home to a plethora of community gardens, green spaces and public parks. We’ve even got an urban food forest in the making. And we’re not alone, as urbanites across the country are sprouting new ideas for urban agriculture and education.
One example of this would be Ian Cheney, co-creator of the documentary King Corn, who has co-opted a truck for the basis of an all new urban food movement. After moving to Brooklyn and finding little space to grow fresh produce, Ian refurbished his truck into a 21st century urban farm that doubles as an educational tool for both kids and adults. Truck Farm spawned a movie and a movement, with a nationwide fleet of 25 trucks and counting.