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Occupy the Farm RePlants the Gill Tract!~
by Ryan Rising
Monday May 13th, 2013 8:18 PM
Occupy the Farm has gathered at the Gill Tract in Albany, CA, and walked back on to the land to replant uprooted seedlings and put some new plant starts into the ground. Over one hundred people and one bunny got together across Monroe Street from the piece of land that was planted Saturday and tilled under earlier this Monday morning and walked back on to the land arm in arm.
Occupy the Farm has gathered at the Gill Tract in Albany, CA, and walked back on to the land to replant uprooted seedlings and put some new plant starts into the ground. Over one hundred people and one bunny got together across Monroe Street from the piece of land that was planted Saturday and tilled under earlier this Monday morning and walked back on to the land arm in arm.

Upon entering the newly tractor-tilled Gill Tract, the group found many plants that had been uprooted by the plough, but had not been harmed. Folks went about replanting these seedling. Other folks took water bottles across the street to fill up at local spigots and brought them back to water the replanted seedlings. Then, large trash-can size buckets of water arrived to replenish to moisture in the soil. Folks then went about laying cardboard down between the plant rows to create pathways. Kale, tomatoes, squash, beans, and other greens went back in the ground.

Still, four people sat in jail from the earlier raids by the police and attempts to stop the destruction of the first planting. See more here: http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2013/05/13/18736734.php
For these folks, there will be court support at Wiley Manuel Courthouse in Oakland tomorrow at 2pm in Department 107.

A large, nutrient-rich dinner was shared with all, and an assembly took its place in a large grass circle to discuss future plans. The group split into working groups: media, outreach, farming, camp, and legal; to discuss next steps and how to proceed. Folks regrouped to check in with each other and began to go off to build energy throughout the week.

This Saturday, Occupy The Farms plans to go back to the Gill Tract at San Pablo and Monroe to plant the farm again and create a space to foster community, health, nutrition, organic gardening, and food justice. Liberating the land and growing food for people.

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