Occupy The Farm uses a broad spectrum of tactics, including direct action, to reclaim and expand the commons for sustainable farming and community education. We are building a network of relationships with nature and each other that will sustain us, respect our common human heritage, and unite us in our struggles against oppression. Our goal is to heal our ecosystems, expand biodiversity, and embrace the wisdom of indigenous & traditional practices of stewardship and knowledge of the land, as we work to dismantle the systemic injustices which have separated people from these central relationships.
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We are reclaiming this land to grow healthy food and to serve as a public educational resource. We envision a future of food sovereignty, in which our East Bay communities make use of available land – occupying it where necessary – for sustainable agriculture to meet local needs.
The Gill Tract is very special:
- Students, professors, and local residents have fought for decades to save this amazing land from development and to use it for sustainable agriculture.
- Despite control of the northern half of the Gill Tract being transferred from UC’s Capital Projects—the university’s development arm—back to the College of Natural Resources, at least for 10 years, Capital Projects have slated the south side for rezoning and redevelopment. Planned developments include a Sprouts supermarket, expensive senior housing, and other commercial development.
- Although this land is a exceptional agricultural resource, sadly the 1/3 that is currently being used for agriculture focuses primarily on corn genetics, regrettably paying no tribute to the decades of research benefiting sustainable agriculture that came before it. Funding for this type of research has faced severe cuts over the last 20 years with the corporate capture of the academy.
For further reading:
Biological Control at UC Berkeley (practiced at the Gill Tract from the 1940’s-80’s)
Histories on the controversy
Previous Proposals (not a comprehensive list)
2005 – Urban Roots
Current UC Village Master Plan – detailing the proposed development