Art night celebrates years of resilience in Gill Tract Farm community
January 24, 2015
Berkeley, CA: This Saturday, the Gill Tract Farm community will be coming together to celebrate resilience and hope in the local, grassroots struggle for food sovereignty and justice. This intergenerational community has been stewarding and defending this historic farmland land against UC Berkeley’s proposed commercial development for close to two decades. This land is now the site of the new UC Gill Tract Community Farm that was won through Occupy the Farm’s acts of civil disobedience in 2012. The community continues to tend this farm, while looking forward to another year pursuing the struggle to permanently protect all twenty acres. “Join the Gill Tract family to share the art, community, and inspiration that has been sown, grown, and tended over the twenty year struggle for the piece of land that occupies our hearts.”
What: “Resist Monoculture” Arts and Performances Inspired by the Gill Tract. This local arts and performances night will feature photography, paintings, prints, puppetry, videos, songs, oral histories, dance, stories, and poetry inspired by the land, its history, and the people it has brought together.
Who: Local community members and UC Berkeley students from Occupy the Farm, Students for Engaged and Active Learning, the Gill Tract Farm Coalition, and more.
Where: Subterranean Arthouse, 2179 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
When: Saturday, Jan 24, 2015. 6:45 – Doors Open; 7:00 – Music & Food & Art; 7:30 – Welcome & Performances; 9:00 – Closing & Setting Intentions
Background: The Gill Tract Farm is the last remaining 20 acre piece of historic farm land left in the bay area. It is located in Albany, CA, at the corner of San Pablo Ave and Marin Ave. The University of California has owned it since the 1920s. For over two decades, community members have been organizing collectively to steward the land, prevent UC Berkeley’s planned commercial development, and advocate instead for the creation of a Center for Urban Agriculture. In 2012, Occupy the Farm led a three week land action of disobedient farming that brought together thousands of people from across the East Bay in defense of this public resource. Thanks to this action, 10 acres of the land has been transferred to UCB’s College of Natural Resources, and 1.5 acres has been dedicated to a community farming project, the Gill Tract Community Farm. However, the southern half of the land is under threat of development this year, and none of the land is permanently protected, and so the struggle continues. Get in contact with Occupy the Farm or Students for Engaged and Active Learning to get involved.