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gill tract update

oct 13 improved flyer

A Family Field Day & Community Forum on The Gill Tract Farm: Laboratory for a Resilient Future
Dig in the soil, learn how it was formed, what it meant to those who stewarded it before us, and what it could mean for our future.

Sunday, October 13th
10am-Noon  Open Field! Play on the farm, harvest, and check out an educational workshop, from kimchee to anti-oppression, to plant disease
Noon-1pm  Lunch & Bake-Off – Meal prepared with farm fresh produce.  Try for the ribbon with your favorite dessert!
1-2pm  Storytelling circle – Where we’ve been, visions for what’s ahead
2-4pm  Community Forum – “Open Space” facilitated discussion to share ideas for next season’s projects at the Gill Tract

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open letter from occupy the farm


On Friday November 16, 2012, the University of California (UC) razed all of the publicly planted crops on the Gill Tract.

Occupy the Farm is disappointed that the UC has unneccessarily destroyed the hard work of the community and food that could have fed it. Over the course of the last month, members of the public sowed edible winter greens together with fava beans, a popular and effective cover crop. Had the UC left these in place, the Gill Tract would have benefited from the necessary nutrient building over the course of the winter, and would have produced food for the community. The weekly distribution and harvest events could have continued that, over the course of the summer and early fall, have yielded over one ton of food from the crops planted during the occupation last Spring. This free food was distributed locally in Albany, Berkeley, Richmond and Oakland at pop-up farm stands organized by Occupy the Farm. Continue reading

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gill tract news

Check out Occupy the Farm’s website for updates and read on for some news!

University of California Berkeley Professor Miguel Altieri is planting Gill Tract research crops this morning!
When: Wednesday, May 9th – 8:30 AM
Where: The Gill Tract; Albany, CA
Dr. Miguel Altieri, UC Berkeley researcher, to proceed with research at Gill Tract in solidarity with Occupy the Farm. Altieri, who has been a researcher on the Gill Tract for 31 years, will plant his crops tomorrow, demonstrating that research can exist alongside the Farm. He announced his plan at a university community forum, organized by the Gill Tract Farmers Collective, on the UC Berkeley campus Tuesday evening. Continue reading