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 Detroit's long-crumbling neighborhoods.


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 homeless through partners like the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries and Cass Community, two of the largest relief agencies in the United States.  We have re-purposed 23 blighted lots into food production since 2013, and grown over 100,000 serving of vegetables, free of charge, for our partners and neighbors.


Volunteer Time YTD Nov 12, 2015    3310 hours THANK YOU!  

                                                      Current and upcoming events/ recent media: 

Traverse Magazine focuses on the work of Buckets of Rain      Rowan Niemisto's camera comes to Highland Park, Sept. 7th, 2015

 Podcast with Romy Gingras and Bonfires of Social Enterprise- BoR in depth    Interview on "Stateside with Cynthia Canty."     

      DRONE FLYOVER- CHECK OUT THE MP4'S!  A bird's eye view of our MotherShip location on Glendale in Highland Park.  We intentionally left out pictures of the neighborhood and focused on the Gardens.   This is a feel good thing!

  Thanks to Miracle Gro for making us a recipient of a Gro1000 Grassroots Grant! Thanks to Quicken Loans, Newpark Resources, and Christ Church of Grosse Pointe, the Shifman Family, and contributors to the Song Marathon for some major support in 2015.  We look forward to working again this summer with our friends and supporters at GM, Cherry Republic, Ford, The Homestead Resort, Horizon Books, Garden Goods, McGough's, Greystone Gardens, BayWear,  and more...   

Contact us for volunteer opportunities now! Harvesting and delivering are a daily task and we could sure use your help!

The food gleaning and growing operations in Guatemala are doing great!  See our pictures on FaceBook and Flickr.

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