Operation Get Down

Operation Get Down

OGD Vegetable Garden

Operation Get Down's vegetable garden is in its sixth year of cultivation, providing food for OGD residents and for the community. Sheila Crawford, an OGD counselor, oversees the garden and the clients who tend it. Begun in 2009 with "seed" money from Detroit's Urban Farming, and sponsored by Coca-Cola, the Garden Resource Program, Greening of Detroit, and Home Depot's "Team Depot" division, the garden produces a variety of vegetables, including tomatoes, lettuce, cabbage, asparagus, broccoli, corn, various beans and watermelon.

A second garden was added this year, beginning as patch of grass before being transformed by OGD clients.

OGD residents tend the gardens from tilling to sowing to reaping.

Team Depot provided the garden's pergola and Coca-Cola furnished barrels to capture rainwater for irrigation. 

The 5th Annual "Taste of the Garden" celebrated the bounty harvested and was attended by clients, staff and donors.