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Detroit gardens getting rain-collecting structures

Published on April 21, 2011 3:01AM

Last changed on April 21, 2011 4:38AM





DETROIT (AP) -- A nonprofit organization that works to establish community gardens on unused land is building structures in Detroit to collect rainwater to help grow food.






Detroit-based Urban Farming on Wednesday planned to celebrate the construction of the nine pergolas to mark Earth Day. The group is working with Coca-Cola Refreshments USA and home-improvement retailer Home Depot Inc. on the project.






Urban Farming founder Taja Sevelle says the project "highlights the need to learn about new green technologies" and business opportunities.






Each pergola collects water using the structure's roof and rain barrels. A solar panel and pump will be used to water plants with a drip irrigation system.






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