Here at Inhabitat we love finding urban gardens flourishing in the most unlikely places, like this brilliant school bus turned mobile greenhouse! The Green Urban Lunch Box is a 35-foot bus in Salt Lake City no longer making the rounds on the schoolbus circuit. Now, it has the much more exciting task of teaching kids and adults about the amazing scientific, agricultural and social aspects of growing food in urban environments. The bus keeps busy touring local community events and farmers’ markets, boasting a team that dishes all the dirt on gardening while handing out seeds as they go!
Faced with the usual challenge of finding a small plot to plant veggies, the founders of the project stumbled on the idea of creating a “bus field”. Since then the bus has evolved into a budding transportable garden and education center packed full of cool growing techniques. They’ve included a drip irrigation and a solar-powered aquaponics system, and have plans ahead to install a mushroom bed and on-board worm composting.
The team’s secondary focus is their ‘Back-Farm Program’ which links senior citizens and people with disabilities with their neighborhoods via the the shared space of the community garden. With the aim of making locally-grown vegetables more accessible to communities, the team has already developed six gardens in the Salt Lake City area.
Currently the Green Urban Lunch Box is pushing it’s Kickstarter campaign to raise funds, so take a look for more information about their green schemes and lend a helping hand.
Images courtesy of The Green Urban Lunch Box