The Mobile Food Collective is a group of people who designed a mobile cultural center around food issues.
In pursuit of this traveling cultural center, they facilitate conversations about food—issues of access, education around how to grow your own, food story narratives, seed/recipe exchange, or simply sharing a meal together. They bring people to the table (or, literally, bring our table to the people).
The project was developed within Archeworks, an alternative design school where students work in multidisciplinary teams with nonprofit partners to create design solutions for social and environmental concerns. The Mobile Food Collective was a project devised as a public education campaign to inspire a rethinking of our relationship to food, emphasizing heritage, ownership, exchange, and connection.
The MFC is many things: an education/exchange platform for planting, growing and cooking; demonstrations and distribution of seeds, soil, compost, and produce; a space activator within a community event; or the centerpiece of a harvest dinner.
Physically, the MFC is a fleet of mobile structures. The larger mobile unit houses a harvest table and flexible storage cabinets that double as seats. At a smaller scale, there are bikes and trailers, equipped to carry the modular storage cabinets. The mobility of the project allows this dialogue to be constant and moveable—they can go where they are needed, bringing different things to different audiences, connecting different groups across a city, or around the world.