Alleycat Acres connects people, place, and food by transforming underutilized space in the city of Seattle into an urban food farm. Each farm they manage is part of a unified network composed of smaller urban neighborhood farms. To find garden space, Alleycat Acres locates private landowners who are interested in donating a plot of land to be used for community involvement.
There are no “individual plots,” as there are with a Seattle p-patch. Alleycat Acre urban food farms operate as a whole. Each space has one farm manager – the point person who will plan out the season and is knowledgeable with all things veggies.
They are also always looking for new vegetable garden sites. If you know of a great location that could use a little plant love, be sure to contact these good folks.
Donate or Volunteer with Alleycat Acres
Alleycat Acres currently supports several urban food farms in Seattle. The project is entirely crowd funded and volunteer driven.
Your donation helps to cover costs such as seeds, soil, water, and tools.
If you want to get involved and take home delicious free produce while making new friends, then visit the Alleycat Acre volunteer page to learn about the variety of opportunities available. Located your nearest Alleycat Acre farm and reach out to them directly to volunteer. They’ll match your skills and interests to the on-going work. People of all skill levels and abilities are involved.
- For beginners, weekly work parties when the farm manager is on site to give advice and walk everyone through each activity.
- Once people are oriented with the site (or if they hit the ground running from previous experience), they are encouraged to be involved independently.
From May – September, each Alleycat farm site has a weekly work night. During these nights, the farm manager and volunteers to tend the plot and harvest the produce. Harvests are split between anyone who works on the farm and community partners. Volunteers opt to take some home with them, donate their share, or both. It’s all up to the individual and their immediate needs.
The growing season usually begins in March and lasts well into fall. However you can visit the Alleycat Acre website anytime to suggest a new site for an urban food farm, donate money, or volunteer your time.