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#SDF2015 DESIGN FOR EQUITY  |  SEPTEMBER 12-25

Block Party
Saturday, September 12 - Sunday September 13, 10am - 6pm
Occidental Park, 300 Occidental Ave S. 98104

PARK(ing) Day
Friday, September 18, 10am - 7pm
Citywide

Conference
Saturday, September 19, 930am - 6pm
Seattle Central Public Library, 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

Partner Programs
Daily
Citywide 

Closing Party
Friday, September 25
Surface Theory, 536 1st Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98104 

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Alleycat Acres

Alleycat Acres
Alleycat Acres c/o Sustainable Seattle, 220 2nd Ave S, Seattle, WA 9810
Alleycat Acres exisits to (re)connect people, place + produce through transforming underutilized urban space and creating a network of neighborhood run farms. In other words, we make farms happen.How we do it:
  • We work with private landowners to who are interested in donating a plot of land to be used for greater community involvement to negotiate agreements for use of the space as a community run farm.
  • We facilitate community meetings in an effort to engage and empower neighbors to be active in the development of the farm.
  • We seek farm managers that live within the neighborhood of the farms to oversee and manage the needs of each space.
  • We organize and facilitate community events that are hosted by each farm, and farm managers organize a set schedule of work parties throughout the summer on each space where they are present to answer questions and introduce how the farms are run.
  • We hit the streets once a year to raise funds for all farm related costs in our annual event, Streets + Beets. Money raised during this event covers costs associated with all areas of keeping the farm running.
How the farms run:
  • There are no “individual plots.” Our farms operate as a whole; that is to say that anyone who is involved is responsible for as much – or as little – of the space as they wish.
  • Each space has one farm manager – the point person who will plan out the season and is knowledgeable with all things veggies.
  • From May – September, each site has a weekly work night. During these nights, the farm manager will generally be present.
  • Volunteers, once familiar with the space and the needs of each farm, can work onsite at any time throughout the week.
  • Harvesting is generally done on the same day as the weekly work night for the farm.
  • 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.
  • We don’t require minimum service hours to get a share of food. Nor, for that matter, do we decide what a share consists of. That is all decided by anyone present the day of harvesting.
  • During off season, work parties generally shift to the weekends and aren’t as frequent.

If you’re a neighbor in the Central District or Beacon Hill, check out our farms pages. You can find information on how to get involved with each of them. If you’re interested in having us help build a farm in your neighborhood, get in touch with us.