The Sol Food Mobile Farm, which will be hitting the road across the U.S. in June 2012 will be conducting square foot gardening workshops, composting workshops, and Zomppa’s Healthy Eating & Global Curriculum classes. This talented group of young people will be updating you on their adventures to get the bus to you.
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Over the past four months the Sol Food Mobile Farm team has been hard at work repairing the bus, building a mobile greenhouse, painting, fundraising and developing curriculum. Since their trip down from New Hampshire in October, the bus has been stationed on a farm outside of downtown Durham. As funds have started coming in and the community has grown in support, the Sol Food Mobile Farm dream is becoming a reality.
The first project for the crew upon return to the Durham area was to clean and gut the interior of the bus. A “welcome home” party was thrown in celebration of the bus’ new face lift and to mark the beginning of the Sol Food Mobile Farm program. Family and friends gathered to tour the bus, network with the crew and hear the famous story of the trip down from New Hampshire. Since the “Meet and Greet” in November the bus has stayed safely off the roads to receive some much needed engine repair. This week, the oil is being changed by the crew (seven gallons of new oil to be exact) and the plexi-glass greenhouse roof is being installed on the back half of the bus. In addition to a new logo:
the bus also received a new paint job in January. The faded green coat left over from Dartmouth was covered up with a crisp, barn red and bright white trim. The logo will be added to sides this week along with funky painted vegetables on the hood!
Upcoming projects include work on curriculum, fundraising and installing the various sustainable systems on the bus. The crew has decided to include a small wood burning stove, a composting station with worms and waste water collection tanks for their solar shower. This month the greenhouse will be completed with a water-proof floor, a plumbing system and spring seedlings. The bus will also undergo electrical repairs in March to hookup the “peel and stick solar panels” on the the roof. A living greenroof will be installed next to the panels so that seedums can begin taking root before the trip’s launch in June.
Beyond physical bus work, the crew has been meeting three times a week to develop curriculum and design fundraising goals. The team recently launched a online, crowd fundraising site at IndieGoGo.com where you can view their new promotional video and materials there through the end of April. Ellen Duda has also been working hard on their new website at SolFoodMobileFarm.org. There you can view crew bios, get a sneak peek at the bus and view their cross-country route! Of course, throughout all of this the crew has still found time to visit with one another on the farm, volunteer at gardens and nutrition classes around town through the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle and harvest some winter crops of their own. They are looking forward to warmer weather and lots of sunshine when they can begin their spring vegetable garden on the bus!
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