This Saturday will be a fund-raiser bike ride called Streets & Beets. They’re hoping to raise $25,000 for Alleycat Acres. Alleycat Acres is a grassroots urban farming collective founded in late 2009. The all volunteer team behind the organization work with land owners within Seattle and convert unused space into community run farms in an effort to connect people, produce and place.
In a short two years, more than 400 individuals have contributed over 2,000 hours to grow more than 2,000 pounds of food — that feeds everyone who had helped grow it and who live in the surrounding neighborhood. In addition, CAMP and the Beacon Avenue Food Bank are current partners where the farmers donate extra produce to via bicycle.
From Rev Jesse L. Card
“We strive to find innovative ways to put “culture” back into agriculture, connect urban + rural agriculture, and use bikes as often as possible because, quite frankly, vegetables love going for rides on them (and so do we). Our farms provide platforms for diverse communities to converge, building strong relationships with a coalition of people and partner organizations who are committed to social and environmental change.”
If you have the time, head on out. These are really great folks doing really neat stuff.