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 community through partners like the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries and Cass Community Social Services, two of the largest relief agencies in the United States.  We re-purposed 23 abandoned properties into food production in 2014.


Volunteer Time YTD June 14, 2015     684 hours  THANK YOU!  

Current and upcoming events/ recent media:

***Traverse Magazine focuses on the work of Buckets of Rain***  Interview on "Stateside with Cynthia Canty." ****

*****Here's a 3 minute video, summing up how your support in 2014 made the lives of others better *****

  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 for some major support in 2015.  We look forward to working again this summer with our great friends and supporters at General Motors and Ford.    Contact us for volunteer opportunities this spring, we have 5,000 MORE plants to install and need hands at our Highland Park locations and also at the Gladstone Community Garden in the D. 

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

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