Alleycat Acres

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Alleycat Acres is an urban farming collective based in Seattle, Washington, that promotes the application of sewage sludge-derived products to its urban farms.[1] According to its website, Alleycat Acres "creates community-run farms on under utilized urban spaces" and they want Seattleites to think of them "as food messengers, racing to build a more sustainable, highly localized food system, where we can all reconnect with food as well as with each other."

The collective runs 2 farms in the Seattle area and recently encouraged use of GroCo, a sewage sludge-based product misleadingly disguised as "organic," "biosolids compost." Sludge promoters and University of Washington employees Sally Brown, a research associate professor of soil science, and her research assistant Kate Kurtz recently partnered with Alleycat Acres to promote the use of GroCo.[2] Kurtz is one of the co-founders of Alleycat Acres and actively involved in the farms' running operations.

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  1. alleycat acres || urban farming collective: Flush Forth! Alleycat Acres Website Accessed April 13, 2011.
  2. Harvest luncheon puts the “treat” in wastewater treatment, King County News, September 10, 2010 Website Accessed April 13, 2011.

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