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Occupy the Farm - Take Back the Gill Tract, Day One, Earth Day 2012: photos
Dave Id
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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