Who are we? That’s a great question. We’re you. We’re us. And we’re some of the people profiled below:

Alleycat is directed by a steering committee consisting of the following members: 

  • Allison is a long time Seattle urban farm advocate, horticulturalist, and community organizer who coordinated our Beacon Hill Farm for two years. In 2015 she became our very first Executive Director.     
  • Steve led our initial efforts to convert planting strips into community food space. He operates the 26th+Marion farm in his own front yard, and is a key member of our Steering Committee as Program Coordinator
  • Peter has been hanging around Alleycat farms since near the beginning. He is our compost master! A CD-resident, he can often be found with his bike trailer hauling loads of materials across town.  
  • Kyla swept us away using her diverse horticultural experience to update our efforts at the Beacon Hill Farm. She now oversees the Wetmore Community Garden and a little bit of everything else as Program Coordinator.
  • Scott is one of Alleycat's original co-founders. He does a little bit of everything from organizing logistics to negotiating the launch of new farms.       
  • Annalisa + Aaron are our newest community liaisons, leading the development of the Wetmore Community Garden.                                                                                                       
Alleycat Harvest Festival, 2013. Steering committee members: Peter Donahue, Scott MacGowan, Fisher Qua, Leah Adangfry, Allison Rinard, Asia Harrell, Paul Symington, Evan Boyd

Alleycat Harvest Festival, 2013. Steering committee members: Peter Donahue, Scott MacGowan, Fisher Qua, Leah Adangfry, Allison Rinard, Asia Harrell, Paul Symington, Evan Boyd

We’re also super thankful to the original crew of strangers who were the very foundation of Alleycat. They helped make us into who we are today:

  • Sean is the guy who started Alleycat Acres (AA) back in late 2009 and is a man of many hats to this day.
  • Amber was the first person Sean met. For cupcakes. It was love ever since. She was all things community and outreach, all things ideas, and was never afraid to roll up her sleeves and get dirty.
  • Kate is a co-founder and previous site manager, and our go to scientist.
  • Fisher joined us in 2011 and wore many hats – facilitation, collaboration, and coordinating our 22nd+Union site before its retirement.  
  • Bryan, aka Mr. Internet, knew everything there was to know about life and technology. And his Suburban totally took out the biggest laurel tree ever on Beacon Hill.
  • Tori was our first volunteer coordinator and rockstar. She was our original mom. And could bake a mean vegan cake.
  • Gia from the get go brought a valuable and unique perspective to the group while running our 22nd & Union space for the first year. And yeowzers! She can dance like none other. 
  • Sarah totally landed us front page of the Seattle Times. She’s legit in the field of all things communications.
  • Marty & Sommer often lent their house to us for meetings. And provided excellent ideas – and camera footage – during our early stages.
  • Wendy helped originally make Beacon Hill a buzz with bees. And helped with the layout. And growing schedules. And everything else in between.

 

PS. The name “Alleycat” refers to a bike race; “Acres” refers to land measurements. We paired the two words up & decided “Alleycat Acres” had a ring to it – and because it combined phrases that represented two things we’re passionate about: bikes & food.