An Urban Farming Collective
Alleycat Acres reconnects people, place, and produce by transforming underutilized urban spaces into neighborhood run farms. Food is more than what we eat; it’s a medium through which we can forge intimate, meaningful relationships. Our farms provide platforms for diverse communities to converge and build strong relationships with a coalition of people and partner organizations who are committed to social and environmental change.
We strive to find innovative ways to put culture back into agriculture. Our current projects include transforming an undeveloped street into a community garden, renovating the grounds of Cascade People’s Center, installing an edible walking trail on City Light’s Duwamish Valley transmission corridor, and a series of “farmlets” in parking strips across the Central District. Each farm site hosts events and work parties throughout the year tailored to suit its neighborhood.
Alleycat Acres was founded in 2009 by nine friends dedicated to growing food and community. Our first three farms were on privately held residential lots in Beacon Hill and the Central District, but in 2015 all three farms were sold to developers simultaneously. We took this challenge as an opportunity, and began working to activate public lands to continue our mission. We work closely with Seattle Department of Transportation, Parks and Recreation, and Department of Neighborhood P-patch, as well as numerous food banks and service providers to grow and distribute thousands of pounds of free organic produce every year.
After a long running partnership with The Common Acre centered around bees, Alleycat Acres was contracted to design the first planting at the Green Line, and in 2017 became a fiscally sponsored program of TCA.
During the growing season (March-October) each farm host weekly open hours for you to come meet your neighbors, pick some veggies, and get dirty! Check back for our updated 2019 hours, or join our mailing list.
We love to host volunteer groups! We can work with you to create a custom experience, just drop us a line to get started.