Urban gardening has taken off in Detroit in recent years, and programs and volunteers are sprouting up all over the city’s vacant parking lots and fields. If you’re going by some of the abandoned parking lots throughout Detroit don’t be surprised if you see community residents picking vegetables from huge steel crates. Those crates came from General Motors, which has donated 100 steel crates to the parking lot gardens. The program transformed once-desolate urban spaces into 1.25 ac. of plantings housed in recycled pallets and shipping crates. The harvest provides food for thousands of underprivileged community members. Community residents pick the produce free of charge and are encouraged to help water and maintain the gardens. Together with volunteers, they nearly doubled the plantings over last year, yielding 2,400 vegetable and herb plants last summer.