Community Gardens Sprout in Seattle

Activists in Seattle have created a community garden on empty land to help provide food for the city's needy.
March 2, 2010, 7am PST | Nate Berg
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"The Beacon Hill site is the first of what Alleycat Acres hopes will be many such volunteer-run gardens throughout Seattle, mostly in areas whose residents lack access to healthy produce. The effort is among a growing urban-farming movement nationwide, including Seattle, where city officials have named 2010 'the year of urban agriculture.'

Ultimately, Alleycat envisions running such gardens as community-supported agriculture outfits - known as CSAs - in which low-income residents would pay not on a traditional monthly basis but on a more affordable weekly, sliding-scale basis. The group hopes to take its green efforts one step further by using bicycles to deliver the fruits and vegetables of its labor to those residents - hence the name Alleycat, a term used by bike messengers."

New plots of land are already being offered by locals fro re-use as community gardens.

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Published on Sunday, February 28, 2010 in The Seattle Times
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