We aim to support the rebuilding of Detroit by transforming blighted areas into agricultural oases - growing hope, feeding lives one garden at a time.
Buckets of Rain planted its roots in 2006 by providing drip-irrigation to villages in the land-locked country of Lesotho in southern Africa, as well as countries in Latin America. In 2012 we refocused our efforts closer to home - the city of Detroit.
“Our greater purpose is to drive social change in communities in which we work.”
— CHRIS Skellenger, FOUNDER
Our primary efforts are focused on growing produce in our "Big Glen" garden in Highland Park, a neighborhood of metro Detroit. Since 2012, "Big Glen" has produced hundreds-of-thousands of servings of fresh produce for the rescue missions and residents within the local community.
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..
target annual servings
400 k +
servings provided thus far
servings provided in 2016
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.
If you live near one of our gardens, get involved to receive portions of each harvest. We accept volunteers regardless of skill level. There is a rotation in roles, but we’ll teach you all the skills you need to know. Teenagers 14 years and older can earn community service credits for school in addition to getting produce for their families. Donations are also vital to our growth, as we use them for seed, fertilizer, tools, and outreach.