Despite the pandemic, Cadillac Urban Gardens managed to grow and donate more produce to the community in 2020 than the previous year.
In the heart of Southwest Detroit, a once abandoned parking lot has transformed into a vibrant garden filled with raised vegetable beds through the dedication and hard work of the local community and volunteers. With its brightly painted artwork from discarded tires lining the fence, Cadillac Urban Gardens offers local residents access to the garden and its fresh produce with the goal of providing control of the mechanism and policies of food production and distribution within the community.
On a typical day during the growing season, Cadillac Urban Gardens would be filled with young volunteers watering and tending a lush selection of vegetables, children laughing and digging small fingers in the dirt, and community members gathered beneath the pergola. In the pandemic, the local community still gathers at the garden, but in much smaller groups through scheduled walk-ups and pick-ups, chatting beneath masks and waving to neighbors from a distance. Regardless of the scenario, residents leave the garden with an overflowing bag of freshly harvested produce and herbs.
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