Growing Hope, Feeding Lives
In Detroit/Highland Park, Michigan and beyond
Buckets of Rain was formed in 2006 and began by providing and teaching about a unique type of gravity fed drip irrigation to help impoverished communities feed themselves in the dry, mountainous African country of Lesotho, as well as areas of Kenya, Guatemala, Honduras, and Belize. Since 2012, we’ve turned our main attention to the destroyed neighborhoods of Detroit and Highland Park. In short, we teach people how to feed themselves under conditions deemed impossible: be it drought, lack of land... or indifference.
Why Detroit/Highland Park?
The old neighborhoods of Detroit/Highland Park (once the Paris of the Midwest) are still home to thousands with little access to basic services and virtually no access to healthy fresh produce. Urban blight has long infected these neighborhoods, opening the door for criminal activity and destroying community cohesion. There are 50,000 abandoned and crumbling houses and at least that many that will be uninhabitable in the next few years.They are collapsing faster than our society will remove them.
Through the construction of urban gardens on abandoned city lots, Buckets of Rain diminishes urban blight, rekindles hope in struggling neighborhoods, brings fresh vegetables into the neighborhoods, and feeds the homeless through partners like the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries and others. We have re-purposed 30 blighted lots into food production since 2013, and grown or provided hundreds of thousands of servings of vegetables, free of charge, to our partners and neighbors.
In 2016: Volunteer time 3052 hours... and.....
....2102 Bushels -- 84,685 servings--of our Detroit grown vegetables and Leelanau county fruit distributed to homeless shelters, food pantries, and those trapped in the food deserts of Detroit/ Highland Park. We also donate fresh food to the less fortunate in our own community in Northern Michigan and- thru our partners Educacion Y Desarollo- to Safe Passage and remote hospitals and villages in Guatemala . We're all in this together.
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The Fourth Annual "Song For Hope" survived a little rain and is in the books!
The documentary "Farming Detroit" by FYI and A&E and featuring a segment on Buckets of Rain, was world premiered at the Detroit Institute of Arts on Saturday, April 2. It is now available in the USA on YouTube- Click here
"Nobody squeezes a nickle harder than Buckets of Rain"- -Wayne Workman, former Assistant Treasurer, State of Michigan
DRONE FLYOVER- CHECK OUT THE MP4'S! A bird's eye view of our Big Glen Garden on Glendale in Highland Park. We intentionally left out pictures of the neighborhood and focused on the Gardens. This is a feel good thing!
- Here's a 3 minute video, summing up how your support in 2014 made the lives of others better