18 Images of The Sanctuary, A Sustainable Urban Garden in Detroit 

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At the intersection of Vernor and Newport, you will find the last of this seasons' sunflowers. They stand out in contrast to the urban surroundings of the neighborhood.
The mound of flowers with Vernor Rd in the background is an interesting juxtaposition of urban and rural life.
Sara has a natural talent for landscape design. The paths that twist through and around the garden lead through bushes of mint that add to the pleasing visual stimuli.
A giant pumpkin near the sidewalk is almost ready for the fall harvest.
Sara's trademark coffee cup waits next to some carrots as Sara pulls up food for lunch.
From trash to function: the materials Sara used to build up the garden beds were found on empty lots and burned down houses within a 2 block radius.
0: Sara Swor,Detroit, Michigan, proudly stands next to a towering tomato plant. She has been working the garden for two years now, and most of her meals come from the garden.
The gate to the Sanctuary.
Attached to the house is the Bio-Shelter, which includes a large pond full of native fish and turtle species, and of course, more tomatoes.
Lunch provided by The Sanctuary and prepared by Sara. Every single ingredient, including the hot sauce, was hand-picked from the garden.
The pride and joy of The Sanctuary. “The chickens are my hardest workers,” Sara says with a big smile. “They eat garden scraps and provide compost that is essentially the lifeblood of the garden.”
Fallen trees and found materials help form the border for this kugelkultur garden. A red shovel stands as a monument to Sara's dedication to the project.
The Sanctuary is located at 2526 Newport Street, Detroit, MI, 48215. Visitors and volunteers are always welcome, and yes- the produce is for sale.
Today's batch of eggs, courtesy of the hardest workers on the farm: the chickens!
After mentioning a need for soup ingredients, Sara bent down and dug in the earth. In less than a minute, she produced a handful of vegetables.
Not just tomatoes! Sara's garden has a giant diversity of edibles.
Sitting amongst the harvested sunflowers (“Me and a bunch of friends went out there with machetes”), Sara checks out the soil quality. She uses plant diversity to maintain a healthy pH balance for her crops.
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At the intersection of Vernor and Newport, you will find the last of this seasons' sunflowers. They stand out in contrast to the urban surroundings of the neighborhood.