Coca-Cola and Home Depot are joining forces with Urban Farming to feed Detroit neighborhoods desperate for fresh vegetables. The gardens will thrive thanks to a rain barrel system that provides irrigation.
"We're collecting rainwater from the top of the pergola and it goes down into rain barrels, and we can use that to water the gardens," said Taja Sevelle.
The founder of Urban Farming says nine of these gardens are going up around the city right now.
We even have one at FOX 2. The vegetables that come from our garden will go to the food bank. However, that is not the case at the rest of the locations.
"All of the food from these gardens is free for anybody that needs it. 24/7, you can come and pick this food," Sevelle said.
At the Urban Farming garden we visited at Linwood and Gladstone, the soon to be planted rows will yield a variety of produce.
"Fresh collard greens, fresh tomatoes, fresh peppers, fresh carrots -- anything you can think of at the grocery store you can get here," said Sevelle. "This is in the middle of a food desert, which means that there are no grocery stores in this area."
You could see a lot more gardens going up around town. Detroit has plenty of room.
"There (are) actually over 17,000 acres of unused land," Sevelle said.
"Whenever you see that Urban Farming logo, and this garden is a part of the Urban Farming Global Food Chain, then you know you can come and get some of that food if you need it," said Sevelle.
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