When I think of community supported agriculture, I get visions of farmer’s markets and little family farms out in the country. What I don’t usually think of is garden plots in abandoned lots or tucked behind apartment buildings, and deliveries made my bicycle. However, that’s the vision of Sean Conroe, the founder of Alleycat Acres, a start-up urban CSA.
Conroe says his inspiration is his childhood experiences in the gardens and farms of the New York countryside: “I want to provide that garden experience to the city, mainly to youth…I want to provide access to fresh, healthy food to people who are traditionally under-served.” Alleycat’s initial area of operation will be Capitol Hill and the Central District, though Conroe says he’s interested in expanding to other agriculturally-deprived neighborhoods once he’s built up business.
Conroe says he’s still working to define what an urban CSA will look like: “It’s a learning experience as I go through this figuring out which particular models will work out or not.” If you’re interested in sharing the agricultural learning experience or scouting for garden spots, get ahold of the Alleycat Acres team at info(at)alleycatacres.com.
Jen loves gardening almost as much as she loves Capitol Hill. You can see her write about both at Life on the Hill and Other Stories.