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GM Reuses Factory Crates To Build A Community Garden In Detroit

Containers which used to hold car parts have since generated hundreds of bags of fresh produce.

Dave Pinter
Dave Pinter on August 2, 2012. @DavePinter

Cadillac Urban Gardens is a community farming project created by General Motors that reused 250 auto parts shipping containers from their Orion Assembly plant. An abandoned parking lot on Detroit’s southwest side served as the site. The containers were diverted from being recycled and instead transformed into raised garden beds. GM collaborated with local composting company Detroit Dirt who supplied the compost in part created from waste material from GM’s world headquarters and GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant, which makes the Chevy Volt.

The garden is tended by volunteers and several area non-profit organizations have brought youth from the city to the site for education and hands on gardening experience. In the first four months, the project has already generated some impressive statistics.

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