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Occupy the Farm - Take Back the Gill Tract, Day One, Earth Day 2012: photos
by Dave Id
Tuesday Apr 24th, 2012 1:54 AM
On April 22nd, Earth Day 2012, hundreds of environmental and food sovereignty activists marched from the Earth Day rally at Ohlone Park in Berkeley to the Gill Tract at the intersection of San Pablo and Marin Avenues in Albany. These 10 acres contain the last best farmland in the urbanized East Bay, but the University of California intends to sell much of it to private developers so that a shopping center with a Whole Foods grocery store and a parking lot can be built. Immediately upon arrival, people began to clear and till the land. Within a few hours thousands of seedlings had been planted on about an acre of the tract. Dozens of tents went up overnight and the encampment continues to grow. Organizers are asking supporters to tell friends, bring supplies, and learn what urban farming is all about.
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[Pictured above: Pancho urges those gathered at Ohlone Park to "disobey with great love" for the earth and social justice]


UC police arrived within an hour of the march reaching the Gill Tract and announced that those present were trespassing and enforcement might come after 10pm. When informed of the presence of families with children, the two UC officers said plenty of notice would be given before any possible police action. The officers also said that journalists covering the farming would not be arrested. About two hours later, one of the two officers returned and notified people present that they were subject to arrest and fines. Another UC officer was with him videorecording ever person they passed, as well as recording license plates of cars on the property and in the vicinity.

While no arrests have been made, UC shut off the water to the farm on Day Two, threatening the life of the new seedlings. Those gathered at the tract remain committed to realizing a large community farm on the tract.


Occupy the Farm
http://www.takebackthetract.com


For more information:
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Melvin Dixon's talk includes a reading of the tenth point in the Black Panther's Ten-Point Program, which concludes with the first two paragraphs of the U.S. Declaration of Independence:

10. WE WANT LAND, BREAD, HOUSING, EDUCATION, CLOTHING, JUSTICE, PEACE AND PEOPLE'S COMMUNITY CONTROL OF MODERN TECHNOLOGY.

http://www.blackpanther.org/TenPoint.htm

http://www.itsabouttimebpp.com/home/home.html

§Rally MCs Boomer and Anna
by Dave Id Tuesday Apr 24th, 2012 1:54 AM
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§March is lining up to head out of Ohlone Park
by Dave Id Tuesday Apr 24th, 2012 1:54 AM
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§Young plants on a bike cart
by Dave Id Tuesday Apr 24th, 2012 1:54 AM
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§Free the Land - Resistance Is Fertile - Compost Capitalism!
by Dave Id Tuesday Apr 24th, 2012 1:54 AM
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§Marching through North Berkeley with seedlings ready to go
by Dave Id Tuesday Apr 24th, 2012 1:54 AM
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§Marchers flood San Pablo Avenue
by Dave Id Tuesday Apr 24th, 2012 1:54 AM
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§University of California - University Village - Albany
by Dave Id Tuesday Apr 24th, 2012 1:54 AM
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§Arriving at the Gill Tract farmland
by Dave Id Tuesday Apr 24th, 2012 1:54 AM
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§Pitchfork, bandana, and denim overalls
by Dave Id Tuesday Apr 24th, 2012 1:54 AM
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Many creeks in the East Bay have been channeled into man-made underground pipes -- as has this one in other sections. Codornices Creek runs along the southern border of the entire property.
§Unloading hay and other farming supplies
by Dave Id Tuesday Apr 24th, 2012 1:54 AM
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§Once unhitched, chickens in bike cart coops free to graze
by Dave Id Tuesday Apr 24th, 2012 1:54 AM
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§Shovel in hand, ready to get to work creating a community farm
by Dave Id Tuesday Apr 24th, 2012 1:54 AM
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§Smiles abounded as the work proceeded
by Dave Id Tuesday Apr 24th, 2012 2:08 AM
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§Occupy Cal
by Dave Id Tuesday Apr 24th, 2012 2:08 AM
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§Everyone joined in to do their part
by Dave Id Tuesday Apr 24th, 2012 2:08 AM
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§UC police arrive to inspect activities and to give warnings
by Dave Id Tuesday Apr 24th, 2012 2:08 AM
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Seedlings are shown to the two UC police with assurances that no marijuana will be grown.
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§Let the planting begin
by Dave Id Tuesday Apr 24th, 2012 2:08 AM
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§Second hot meal of the afternoon offered to hungry farmers
by Dave Id Tuesday Apr 24th, 2012 2:08 AM
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§Singing and strumming with joy for the new farm
by Dave Id Tuesday Apr 24th, 2012 2:08 AM
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Banner reads: Occupy the Farm - Take Back the Tract
§Experienced and novice urban farmers made this happen
by Dave Id Tuesday Apr 24th, 2012 2:08 AM
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§Earth flag waves high in a tree near the San Pablo entrance
by Dave Id Tuesday Apr 24th, 2012 2:08 AM
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§Event Flier
by Dave Id Sunday Apr 29th, 2012 10:10 PM

Event Flier

Comments  (Hide Comments)

by Micah Bazant
Monday Apr 30th, 2012 11:44 AM
Hi - amazing photos! Thank you for posting this.

I work with Movement Generation (and Gopal and Carla, shown in pics above). We'd like to use some of these photos to let people know about OTF. Is there any way to get high resolution versions of some of these?

Thank you!