hit & run
The event Hit and Run took place on the 12:th of july. The whole farmer’s racer garden were moved from the safe haven of the garage, to the town square of Nybro. Not a big distance but the point is to show that a vegetable garden can be mobile and temporary.
Though a short distance, this shows that vegetables don´t need to be planted permanently into the ground. With classic urban farming boxes and carts the garden can follow you anywhere. This means that the garden can make a tour from one gardener to another, from one back yard to another. A beachparty or a long stay at a festival can be a new goal for growing fresh sallad or carrots.
No police escort, but I must say that the guys from the city garden made a great looking cortege to the city:)
The garden was set up during the city famer’s market, held three times every week, all year around. The residents of Nybro are used to by locally produced vegetables. Farmer’s racer had nothing to sell, but alot to show the visitors. New planting techiques, and the ability to grow plants in back yards and paved parking lots. All of the vegetables sold on the market could very well has been grown on the town square…
The idea of the Hit and Run concept was also to show the impact of a garden in the city. Almost instantly an oasis were created in contrast to the fast city life. People were stopping, talking and sat down with strangers they have been passing by for several years without saying a word. The garden is an icebreaker in the city. Often working better than an ordinary trotoar cafe. The combination of cafe and an urban farm has shown to be a perfect combination – we need more urban farms to complement the city cafes.
The potatoes and radishes were harvested. Each box of potatoe land gave a full week of food for a small family. This was a short event, only 6 hours long. By 3 o’clock the garden was loded up on the carriage – back to the garage. Leaving a suddenly very empty space in the city. The only trace, one day afterwords is 5 full pages in local newspapers and a radio report.
Hit & Run…