Harvard design project seeks to cultivate cultural understanding through the growth of ethnically diverse food.

In the mash-up of mobility meets food, we’ve seem plenty of examples of restaurants on wheels, but as the trend continues to evolve, it appears to be moving beyond the acts of cooking and eating to encompass the idea of growing as well. To that end, Christina Cho, a graduate student in the Harvard School of Design, has developed a project called the “mobile ethnic garden,” a series of modular growing beds that function as a seating environment.

The idea is to bring people together around diverse fruits and vegetables, fostering conversations around not only around where our food comes from, but how it relates to distinctive cultures. By putting the whole enterprise on wheels, Cho not only enables the produce to easily follow the best growing conditions, but to serve as a congregation point as it moves around the Harvard Campus. Cho’s first crop focuses on her own Korean background and once harvested will form the centerpiece for a community BBQ.

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