A month ago, we encouraged our readers to vote for the winner of Nau's annual Grant for Change. Out of 124 nominees who proposed projects that would use design for a humanitarian purpose, Curt Ellis and Ian Cheney were selected as the winners. Their project, Truck Farm, is exactly what it sounds like—a 1986 Dodge pickup truck converted to house a traveling farm that boasts heirloom seeds and green-roof technology.
So far, the farm has visited schools around the country to inspire students to create their own urban agriculture projects. The truck's travels are the subject of a documentary that Ellis and Cheney now plan to screen nationwide on a grassroots tour, using the truck as a mobile outdoor movie theater. The grant money will finance the tour, which plans to visit as many schools and urban communities as possible.
You can check out the other Grant for Change nominees here. Clearly, there was a lot of innovation to choose from.
Photo courtesy of Curt Ellis and Ian Cheney via Nau.