Favela residents, local NGOs and government officials approach us for help creating gardens in abandoned lots, on rooftops and in public spaces. We provide expertise, start-up materials and labor to grow fruits, vegetables, seasonings and medicinal herbs. We evaluate the limitations of the space and build planters out of repurposed trash. Because most residents work full time (up to 6 days a week, 10 hours a day), we often bring in outside volunteers to help clear the space of trash and prepare the soil. Residents then maintain the spaces and harvest the plants. We monitor progress and provide seeds, tools, and worm bins to produce soil. We plan to build rainwater capture systems and solar water heaters at each site to reduce shortages (water is rationed in the favela, and electricity often goes out) and lower costs.