Detroit / Highland Park
Our rapidly expanding urban gardening efforts in Detroit / Highland Park have yielded hundreds of thousands of free servings of locally grown vegetables since 2012. The vast majority of our bounty is grown in raised beds. The beds themselves are made from recycled wooden pallets, as well as hundreds of auto parts bins donated by General Motors and Ford. To date we have converted 30 abandoned, severely blighted city lots into food production.
Harvesting occurs daily during the growing months and food is transported to soup kitchens and homeless shelters of the Detroit Rescue Mission and others. One day a week, at least, we make bags of fresh veggies available for direct pickup by neighborhood residents. No one who walks up for food is denied. By 2020, we aim to produce a million servings of fresh vegetables per season. This will require about 10 acres in continuous production and ten full time seasonal employees.
Volunteers, in 2015-2016, gave us 7,500 hours of their time. Contact us if you or your business wants to come and spend some time in one of our garden/farms. Also, because Buckets of Rain is blessed with equipment, seedling growing capability, and tons of experience, we are able to mentor and support other community gardens in Detroit. We have supplied material, equipment and/or training to the HUDA Clinic, Detroit Blightbusters, the Highland Park Renaissance Academy, the Drew Transition Center of the Detroit Public Schools, Grant Avenue Community Garden, and many more. No call for assistance or food goes unanswered!
In a non-gardening-related project, Buckets of Rain and the Empire Area Community Center have developed a local emergency fund, giving anonymous financial aid to local residents who have fallen on temporary hard times. Money is raised at free will concerts put on once a month by local musicians.
In 2006-9 Buckets of Rain inoculated over 30 villages, hospitals, and schools in Lesotho (Southern Africa) with drip irrigation technology. Also the St. Georges School in Eldoret, Kenya, and nearly 150 sites in Honduras via our partner 'Sustainable Harvest International'.
We financially support a food gleaning and redistribution program in and around Guatemala City, with our partners Educacion Y Desarollo. About 500 pounds of vegetables per week are taken to rural hospitals, schools, homes for the aged, women's groups, and Safe Passage. We also grow/purchase several thousand vegetable seedlings to give away to anyone who wants to start a garden.