In celebration of Earth Week, Coca-Cola teamed up with Detroit-based non-profit Urban Farming to launch a rainwater harvesting project at local community gardens.
The project uses repurposed Coca-Cola syrup barrels to conserve water and create a sustainable water supply for vegetation in the Urban Farming gardens; thus helping to provide free, fresh produce to the community.
The recycled rainwater harvesting systems will be placed in nine community gardens located throughout Detroit. With help and materials from Home Depot, garden structures called “pergolas” will be constructed within each garden and 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.
To date, Urban Farming and its partners have planted and facilitated over 24,000 community and residential gardens across the country and abroad; 1,200 of them in Detroit and surrounding areas.
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