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The rain barrel will capture rainwater from the roof of the pergolas, store and filter the water into the pump. The solar pump is connected to a drip irrigation system which when activated will water the plant life in the garden. (Photo by HB Meeks/Tell Us Detroit)

 


URBAN FARMING™ LAUNCHES RAINWATER HARVESTING PROJECT IN DETROIT DURING EARTH WEEK

DETROIT, MI (Tell Us Det) - Urban Farming™ - a global, non-profit headquartered in Detroit celebrates Earth Week by launching a rainwater harvesting project on Detroit's eastside. This project uses repurposed Coca-Cola syrup barrels to create a sustainable water supply for vegetation in the Urban Farming™ gardens; thus providing free, fresh produce to the community. Urban Farming™ and its “green partners” Coca Cola and Home Depot played host to a groundbreaking event at an Urban Farming™ garden site located at 11015 East Jefferson Avenue.

Urban Farming™ has identified nine garden locations throughout the city of Detroit. Garden structures or “pergolas” constructed within each garden are equipped with a rain barrel, solar panel and pump system. The rain barrel will capture rainwater from the roof of the pergolas, store and filter the water into the pump. The solar pump is connected to a drip irrigation system which when activated will water the plant life in the garden.


“This Earth Day project highlights the need to learn about the new green technologies that are necessary to preserve our planet and expose our community members to green businesses and green collar job opportunities in the emerging Green Economy,” said Taja Sevelle, founder and executive director of Urban Farming™. (Photo by HB Meeks/Tell Us Detroit)

Rick Mahorn, former Detroit Pistons player and sports announcer, accompanied by Detroit Pistons mascot “Hooper“and dance team, “Automotion,” will join the “green partners” to celebrate Earth Day. A highlight of the event includes remarks by Dr. Garth Graham, White House Fellow and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health at the Department of Health and Human Services. In addition, Jimmy Locust, a famed choreographer and dancer will perform.


(Photo by HB Meeks/Tell Us Detroit)

Percy Wells, region vice president, public affairs & communications, Coca-Cola Refreshments said, “Coca-Cola is committed water stewardship in communities where we operate.  Our goal is to safely return to nature and communities an amount of water equivalent to what we use in all of our beverages and their production.”

Home Depot is donating the labor and materials for the project. They will also construct the pergolas and provide decorative planting benches adjacent to the gardens.

 


 

 

 
   

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