Buckets of Rain
Buckets of Rain (BoR) is a nonprofit that assists communities where access to fresh food is limited. Their main goal is provide fresh food, but they also reduce urban blight through their gardens.
The Clinic to Farm to Table program at the S.A.Y. Detroit Family Health Clinic enables doctors to write free “prescriptions” for patients with diet-related health issues such as diabetes, obesity or hypertension. These patients can then visit BoR’s one-acre urban garden (rows of raised beds sitting upon pavement) across from the clinic for six weeks' worth of the recommended vegetables at no cost. Not only does BoR supply vegetables throughout the growing season, but they also provide patients with nutritious smoothies throughout the winter!
When the fresh food prescription is out of refills, the woman can return to the clinic for a visit and receive additional refills of the prescription for her vegetables. The doctors can then monitor the participants and look for positive changes in their health based on an improved diet.
Click here for a short news story on the program.