When you build something that has never been built before, the most important part in the process is to find good fabricators. And when I say good fabricators, I mean people with open minds, who may think you’re crazy, but appreciate an original idea without overcharging for it.
New York is full of fabricators, and I am happy to say that we got lucky, and Brooklyn (I mean the old school Brooklyn), is exactly where we’re meant to be.
So as you know, we have this truck, this 1987 Chevrolet diesel box truck that has a shitty paint job and rusting floors. And with this truck we have a vision to create a greenhouse. A greenhouse on wheels.
So how do we know it will work? We don’t. It’s never been done before.
But good fabricators know. Good fabricators like Sharone, and his Atlantic Ave. shop, Master Chef Mobile Kitchens.
Sharone likes our idea. He is also an entrepreneur with one of those stories where one thing led to another and here he is now. He appreciates our ambition – and certainly the originality of the build and he’s not here to get us for all the money we have. We talk through what we really need – start slow and see how things go he says.
The build happens much faster than we expect. Partly because we know what we want and that Sharone and his team are simply, hard workers. Before we know it, its time to see how our Tulita looks now.
We’ve opened the roof and the passenger side panel as much as possible without jeopardizing the safety of the truck’s structure. Sharone and his crew have custom built everything – the rafters are the star of the show. Tested by one of the guys practicing pull-ups and it holds. The windows are all plexiglass.
The side panel is a service window, so when we park to set up shop, passerbys have the entire view of the jungle within. The back doors swing open, those windows also have a notch to be left ajar. We’re so pleased with all the careful handiwork that’s been put into these small details.
The walls with no window are covered with peg board, so plant display and shelving is modular. We want the option to move things around depending on the product we are selling for that day. We’re still waiting for the steps, and those will go directly outside the back doors for easy entry and exit for customers.
And from left to right; Sharone, Paco and Juan.
And now we’re off to get Tulita a new coat of paint. We are near to completion!