Growing Hope, Feeding Lives 

In Detroit, Michigan and beyond


Our History

Buckets of Rain was formed in 2006 and began by pioneering a unique type of gravity fed drip irrigation to help impoverished communities feed themselves in Lesotho, as well as areas of Kenya, Guatemala, Honduras, and Belize.  Since 2012, we’ve turned our attention stateside, to struggling communities of Michigan, specifically in the Detroit inner city. 


Why Detroit?

Urban centers like Detroit are home to thousands of struggling community members with little access to food and services, and virtually no access to fresh produce. Moreover, urban blight has infected these neighborhoods, opening the door for criminal activity on abandoned properties and inhibiting redevelopment efforts. 

Our Work

Through the construction of urban gardens on abandoned city lots, Buckets of Rain diminishes urban blight, rekindles hope in struggling neighborhoods, and feeds the community through partners like the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries and Cass Community Social Services, two of the largest relief agencies in the United States.  


Current and upcoming events:

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A film crew from A&E visited the gardens on Oct. 10th and spent the day filming our process and interviewing volunteers from General Motors, The Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries, and BoR.  The episode on urban gardening in Detroit, on FYI, is due to air early next year.

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Next Empire Emergency Fund Concert is Dec 21, from 4 to 6 at the Empire Town Hall, featuring the music of E Minor and Lizzy Liberty.  There will be an awesome live auction hosted by Dave Taghon!