Fifty-seven monarchs were counted overwintering at Gill Tract Farm last year. A group of farmers pushed back to get protective measures added to UC Berkeley’s development plans, and won.
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UC Gill Tract Farm blooms amidst controversy
Volunteers at the UC Berkeley Gill Tract Community farm in Albany have harvested 17,000 pounds of produce in the last year alone.
University Village, Sprouts get (final) green light
The new development at UC Berkeley’s University Village has been given final legal approval, after an appeal by Occupy the Farm was rejected last week.
53 trees come down on UC Berkeley land as grocery store, senior living project kicks off
Activists said they planned to meet in Albany on Thursday night to discuss next steps, after UC Berkeley cut down trees at University Village to prepare for a development project. Photo: Ed Fields UC Berkeley has begun the process of removing dozens of trees from its University Village property in Albany as work begins on a […]
‘Occupy The Farm’ tells tale of local food activism
The newly released ‘Occupy The Farm,’ directed by Todd Darling, tells the story of the occupation by activists of the Gill Tract in Albany.
Judge denies lawsuit to halt grocery plans
Earlier this week, a Superior Court judge in Oakland rejected a lawsuit related to a proposed mixed-use development project in Albany.
Cal plows again, after weekend occupation
For the third time in less than a week, Cal staff plowed up crops planted in Albany by a group of activists working to turn a lot slated for development into a farm.
Lawsuit to stop grocery store tentatively denied
A Superior Court judge in Oakland has tentatively denied a lawsuit to block a mixed-use project including a grocery store in Albany, but his final decision remains pending.
Occupy the Farm: ‘We’ll keep coming back’
Despite arrests Monday and the destruction by UC Berkeley of seedlings they had planted in rows over the weekend, Occupy the Farm activists returned to Albany.
4 arrests, as Cal ends brief Albany occupation
Police arrested several people Monday in Albany after activists marched onto a plot of land with the goal to turn it into an urban farm.
Urban farmers plan ‘short-form’ Gill Tract occupation
Occupy the Farm protestors on the Gill Tract in 2012. Photo: Tracey Taylor Following a recent announcement by urban farming activists about plans to “occupy” an empty lot in Albany that’s slated for development, UC Berkeley officials have issued a statement urging local residents to prepare for “potential traffic obstructions” should “illegal activities proceed” this coming […]
Op-Ed: Disappointed but still inspired at the Gill Tract
[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 […]