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Occupy the Farm reclaims UC Gill Tract in Albany: photos
Two to three hundred people 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. This is the last best farmland in the 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. Organizers are asking supporters to tell friends, come down, and learn what urban farming is all about.
UC police arrived within an hour 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.
Mustard cover pile
Tilling the land
First free meal
Planting in rows
Lots of progress already