Alleycat Acres to break ground on new farm March 10 + still room for fundraiser bike ride

Alleycat Acres will break ground on its new farm March 10 at noon. The groundbreaking will come a week after fundraising bicyclists storm the streets of the CD as part of the urban farming collective’s annual fundraiser.

There is still room in the organization’s March 3 fundraiser bike ride dubbed Streets and Beets (full disclosure: I am a supporting partner of the ride through Seattle Bike Blog). The 70-mile ride will begin and end at the MLK FAME Community Center in Madison Valley with a halfway lunch stop at Seattle Tilth Farm Works in Auburn.

The group hopes to raise thousands of dollars from the ride in order to support the year’s operations and the expansion to their new MLK space between Cherry and Columbia Streets (see our previous story). The new farm will be created in a long-vacant lot, and the group has been gathering a community to work the land.

If you are interested in the fundraiser bike ride, you need to register by March 1. You then need to raise money to benefit Alleycat. More ride details:


  • Date:
    March 3rd, 2012.
  • Time:
    – Meet at 8:30 AM;
    – Depart at 9 AM;
    – End by 6 PM.
  • Location: MLK FAME Center, 3201 E. Republican St., Seattle, WA.
  • Registration: $25. Closes at 125 cyclists or March 1st, whatever comes first.
  • Fundraising:
    – All riders agree to raise $100 in sponsorships/donations to participate;
    – Fundraising handled through Crowdrise.
  • The Route:
    – 70 miles;
    – Begins in Seattle;
    – Lunch + Halfway point at: Seattle Tilth Farm Works, 17601 Southeast Lake Moneysmith Road, Auburn, WA.
    – Riders will ride a slightly different route back to Seattle after lunch.
  • During The Ride:
    – Food: Breakfast, lunch + dinner provided, along with snacks along the route;
    – The entire route will be marked using the Dan Henry Marking System and cyclists will receive a printed copy of cue sheets (or download for use on a smart phone);
    – Rest stops: Every 10-15 miles; packed with water + nibbles to keep you energized.
    – Support: 2 sweet vehicles in case you get tired (or cold) + bike mechanics en route + tire pumps at each rest stop.

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