Occupy the Farm: Community Strategy Meeting.


March 9, 2014 @ 9:00 pm – March 10, 2014 @ 12:00 am
Albany Senior Center
846 Masonic Avenue
Albany, CA 94706

On March 5th, we are sorry to report that Albany City Council chose to ignore the overwhelming crowd of farm supporters, and instead approved the UC’s development plan for the southern half of the Gill Tract.  This public farmland is an invaluable and rare resource, but if the UC Administration has its way, it will be developed it for purely commercial uses that have nothing to do with Berkeley’s mission and responsibilities as a public land grant university.

After the meeting, many of the people who had come to speak to City Council had an impromptu meeting and announced several followup events:

  • 1) A brainstorming and power-mapping forum for the community to propose and deliberate actions that might prevent the development.
  • 2) A kickoff event for campus organizing.  Let’s bring some pressure to bear on the UC Administration!
12 Noon, Wednesday March 12th
“Lunch with the Chancellor”
Meet in front of California Hall, on the UC campus
3) The Soils and Production Working Group is a part of the Gill Tract Stewardship Council, a body composed of UC representatives and community stakeholders charged with governing a UC-Community partnership on “Area A” on the north side of the Gill Tract. This partnership is open to any participants and will be made official through a Memorandum of Understanding with the Dean of the College of Natural Resources.  Monday’s meeting will discuss recent soil testing and launch a student/community centered Spring project.
Soils and Production Working 10:00-11:00 AM, Monday, March 10th
Soil sGroup Meeting
112 Hilgard Hall on UC campus


Can’t come out?  Keep making calls!  

Please continue to email or call UCB Vice-chancellor of Real Estate Rob Lalanne (415-908-1500) and Chancellor Nicholas Dirks (510-642-7464).  Tell them we want preserve ALL of this land as a center for agroecological research and local, sustainable urban farming, and demand that they stop commercial development of public farmlands!


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