Cadillac Urban Garden, in a vibrant Southwest Detroit, began as a vacant lot. It was once a GM executive parking lot that was filled with growing weeds and scrap metal. The concept of the garden began with GM shipping carts that came from Korea. A GM Environmental Engineer and his team looked at these shipping containers, made of plastic and metal and asked,
What else can we do with these?
Their first idea was to make carts, and they invited Ideal to take a look.
We saw an opportunity to instead re-purpose them into raised vegetable beds and the empty lot on McKinstry and Merritt into an urban vegetable garden. Rush Trucking aided in the effort and delivered 250 of these shipping containers to the Clark Street headquarters to be painted. Ideal Contracting, Ideal Shield, and Ideal Setech secured planting supplies, gardening tools, gloves, water supplies, etc. The Scarcyny Park community initiative cleared the rubbish and litter from adjacent streets.
Cadillac Urban Gardens on Merritt was launched on May 19, 2012 and has since collected up to 1500 hours of youth service (and counting)! Our partners include Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision, Congress of Communities, DHDC, LA SED, Latino Family Services, GM, Rush Trucking, Detroit Dirt, Detroit Cristo Rey High School, Gonzalez, Ideal employees, and Southwest Detroit neighborhood residents.