Six pepper plants inspired one USDA employee’s entrepreneurial spirit to take truck farming to a whole new level – the bed of his pickup truck.
David Matthews recently drove his unconventional garden to the USDA’s weekly farmers market to showcase his green thumb and promote farmers.gov, USDA’s new website for farmers, ranchers, and foresters.
USDA employee David Matthews recently shared his unconventional garden at the weekly USDA farmers market in Washington, D.C.
“I started vegetable gardening five years ago on a whim. I started with tomato plants. Once you eat that tomato you grew yourself, it is like something you never tasted before,” said David, confidential assistant to the administrator of the USDA Farm Service Agency.
The mobile garden proved to be a big hit with market visitors and tourists who stopped by on their way to the National Mall in downtown D.C. Vibrant, healthy vegetable plants and even a lemon tree were on display. For some visitors, this was the first time they had seen these varieties of produce being grown.
“It’s very therapeutic. I like creating things and watching things grow. Spending time outside - it’s relaxing,” David shared.
Drip by drip
David also took the opportunity during the day to share another one of his micro-innovative garden creations to visitors.
One of the challenges he faced from the beginning was providing consistent, adequate water to his plants. Initially, he watered his plants by hand. However, that method didn’t allow the water to slowly filter through the soil. It was more like flood irrigation.