Alleycat Acres is an urban farming collective based in Seattle, Washington, that promotes the application of sewage sludge-derived products to its urban farms. 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. Kurtz is one of the co-founders of Alleycat Acres and actively involved in the farms' running operations.
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- alleycat acres || urban farming collective: Flush Forth! Alleycat Acres Website Accessed April 13, 2011.
- Harvest luncheon puts the “treat” in wastewater treatment, King County News, September 10, 2010 KingCountyNews.WordPress.com Website Accessed April 13, 2011.
- Emily Knudsen, "GroCo Brings Delectable Bounty to the Table," September 14, 2010, UrbanFarmHub.org Website, Accessed April 13, 2011.
- Kate Kurtz and Urban Farm Hub Team, "The Bounty of Biosolids," August 11, 2010, UrbanFarmHub.org Website, Accessed April 13, 2011.
- Kate Kurtz, "Why I Love Biosolids," May 6, 2010, UrbanFoodProducer.Blogspot.com Website, Accessed April 13, 2011.
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