to Nov 15

ECHO International Agriculture Conference

Buckets of Rain’s Detroit Project Manager, Tony Johnson, and our Executive Director, Chris Skellenger, will be visiting the ECHO Global Research Farm in Ft. Myers, Florida to study, learn, and take part in the 25th annual worldwide conference. They will also be giving a presentation to attendees on ‘Growing vegetables in the inner city of Detroit”. ECHO is the world’s clearing house and connection point for those engaging in global food security and culturally appropriate 3rd World agricultural technologies.

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to Aug 18

6th Annual Song For Hope

A Traverse City street side tradition!  Come and sing and play "This Land is Your Land" with us, over and over, and raise money for our projects in Detroit/Highland Park and Northern Michigan.  All skill levels welcome in this song circle in front of Horizon Books on Front Street. Rain or Shine!

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to Aug 31

Quicken Loans Community Challenge Detroit 2018

  We're really excited to let you know that we've been selected to participate in the Quicken Loans Community Challenge 2018.  It's a friendly fundraising campaign launched by Quicken where “Detroit’s most impactful” community organizations compete to raise the most money with the top teams winning cash donations.   It’s a top tier list of charities that Quicken has identified as doing the most good for the people of Detroit- and Buckets of Rain is on it!

It runs the entire month of August and over $100,000 will be given away.  We're combining the Challenge with our 6th Annual Song For Hope (Aug 16-18) to raise as much money as we can and  win the $25,000 grand prize donation.  

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to Aug 20

Song for Hope

The 2017 Song for Hope Fundraiser is scheduled for August 17-20 – once again, we take over Downtown Traverse City in front of Horizon Books to play music and raise money and awareness for Buckets of Rain. This year we will feature local artists performing their music, their way. Come on down and bring your friends!

The 5th Annual fundraiser is going to be a lot different and even more fun this year!  Instead of setting another world record (75 hours of “This Land is Your Land…”), we are inviting you to come on down for an hour and perform YOUR favorite music at our venue in downtown Traverse City. Please reserve your one-hour time slot here: ON-LINE SIGNUP 


SONG FOR HOPE is the official website to find out more about the event, like who else is performing, what cool prizes are available for the performers, and the place to find some simple promo stuff to help you promote your involvement in the event.

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6:00 PM18:00

Fundraiser at MotorCity Wine in Detroit

Tuesday, August 15 show at Motorcity Wine at 1949 Michigan Avenue, Detroit 48216

Nina Simone’s Music Director and guitar player Al Schackman and friends team up to play a benefit for Highland Park’s Buckets of Rain Urban Farm in Detroit! Doors open at 6:00pm. Show starts at 7pm and goes until 9pm. Tickets are $20.00 each and are available at and at the door while supplies last.

Media: For interviews with Al Schackman and members of the band, contact

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