Sign Petition for Food Initiative on the Gill Tract Farm !

A Food Initiative on the Gill Tract Farm

We urge UC Berkeley administration, the UC Regents, and President Napolitano to halt the current development plan for the Gill Tract Farm and enter into a collaborative design process with students and community for the entire Gill Tract Farm.

PLEASE go to the WEB SITE and SIGN THE PETITION put forward by Students for Engaged and Active Learning @ UCBerkeley

http://sealstudents.wordpress.com/petition/

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April 26-Community Farm Day@Gill Tract Farm

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UCB Rally & Gill Tract Info

Here are some details about what’s happening on campus tomorrow (Wednesday).

Occupy the Farm is holding a rally at noon at California Hall to discuss the UC’s decision to develop the Gill Tract. Come on down to enjoy the beautiful weather and stay to learn about your own and UCB’s role in the Food Sovereignty Movement. There will be special guest speakers and many like-minded peers. For more details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1477689555787622/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

Afterward at 1pm, join Grow the Revolution organizers and friends at Mulford Hall for gardening, picnic-ing, visioning, and action! Bring blankets to spread out, your lunch, snacks to share, and musical instruments to play!
Let’s eat, laugh, be merry, and start the process of actualizing the visions that we have for what our education could look like at UC Berkeley. For more details: https://www.facebook.com/events/223545784512914/223994967801329/?notif_t=like

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AFA 2013 Initiatives/What’s Up?

Join Fall 2013 Albany Farm Alliance Activities
1) Build The Gill Tract Farm Coalition
Help us continue building the coalition of active Bay Area food justice groups in support of utilizing the Gill Tract as a regional resource to increase access to fresh, healthy food for all.
2) Stewardship of the Gill Tract Agricultural Land
Join us in researching methods for ensuring that the Tract remains agricultural and educational in perpetuity—explore land trusts, sympathetic purchases, agricultural easements & other ways to make the vision a reality. Help us preserve this precious and rare fertile space.
3) Field Day at the Gill Tract, with a Community Forum & Other Activities (Family Friendly) Participate in the field day and join the work toward a productive urban farm and agroecological education and research center. To help out on the day of the forum, contact us at the address below.
www.albanyfarmalliance.com    •    Facebook: Albany Farm Alliance
info@albanyfarmalliance.com

1) COMMUNITY FORUMS:

Join the coordination team to plan and facilitate community forums to inform inspire and continue work toward vibrant and productive urban farming in Albany, California.

2) BUILD THE GILL TRACT FARM COALITION:   

Help us build a coalition of active San Francisco Bay Area food justice groups in support of our mission to establish an agroecological education center and urban farm on the Gill Tract as a regional resource to increase access to fresh healthy food for all.  First gathering on April 2.

3) UC~GILL TRACT AGRICULTURAL LAND IN ALBANY,  CA.

Donate time and help us research methods for ensuring that this pristine agricultural land remains agricultural in perpetuity alongside an agroecological center (like the one at UC Santa Cruz). We are exploring land trusts, sympathetic purchases, agricultural easements & other ways to make the vision possible.     

                       

3/16/13  “Food Security~Make It Local” Community Forum

This was very successful! Thank you to the Albany community and beyond for the great turn out and fruitful discussions. We will have a recap and pictures here soon!

(This participatory forum will continue community dialog and people-powered research around the future of urban agriculture and education on the Gill Tract Farm. It provides an opportunity for the next step in a collaboration betueen the Albany Farm Alliance, the City of Albany, UC and the broader community around the use of  this precious regional resource in our town.

Community education and engagement are strategies we are employing as we work to ensure the establishment of an agroecological education center and demonstration urban farm on the Gill Tract in perpetuity. Areas of exploration at the forum will include farming, education, research, access and management, & race, class and privilege. Participants will be able to identify other areas for exploration, as well.

2/17/13: “Valentine for The Gill Tract Farm” Dance Party

This was fabulous! Thanks so much to everyone! We love ya.

BENEFIT DANCE PARTY! “A Valentine for the Gill Tract/Love the Land and Feed the People” at The Ashkenaz in Berkeley on San Pablo Ave. at Gilman. Sunday, February 17, 2013  6:30-10:30. There will be a Native American Blessing at the beginning and the bands Sauce Piquante, The Starlings and The Funky Nixons will play dance music during the evening.
Help distribute fliers and attend a fun-filled musical event with interactive visioning valentine table for kids and adults, activists booths and more to raise funds so that AFA can begin to fulfill its mission. Contact Jackie at: info@albanyfarmalliance.com

 


More information at www.albanyfarmalliance.com *Facebook:Albany Farm Alliance . Questions? Write to info@albanyfarmalliance.com

 

 

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AFA GENERAL MEETING: Wednesday, March 13, 2013

AFA GENERAL MEETING: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 @ 7:30

  THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT MEETING. HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE! Contact <info@albanyfarmalliance.com> for the LOCATION.

MOVIE: ‘SYMPHONY OF THE SOIL’

Documentary by Debra Koons Garcia. This will be shown as a benefit for AFA.

MONDAY, APRIL 15, 7:30 pm @ EL CERRITO RIALTO CINEMA 10070 San Pablo Ave. Donation $10.00.

Learn about the importance of healthy soil and its little critters.

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AFA Winter Initiatives

WINTER 2012-13 INITIATIVES and a BENEFIT DANCE PARTY! Dig it.
More information at www.albanyfarmalliance.com *Facebook:Albany Farm Alliance . Questions? Write to info@albanyfarmalliance.com


1) UC Village Mixed-Use Project
Donate money to help pay expenses of the lawsuit that challenges the certification of the Environmental Impact Report by the Albany City Council. Info at www.keepalbanylocal.com
Send checks to “Albany Farm Alliance Legal Fund” at PO Box 6033, Albany CA 94706

2) BENEFIT DANCE PARTY! “A Valentine for the Gill Tract/Love the Land and Feed the People” at The Ashkenaz in Berkeley on San Pablo Ave. at Gilman. Sunday, February 17, 2013  6:30-10:30. There will be a Native American Blessing at the beginning and the bands Sauce Piquante, The Starlings and The Funky Nixons will play dance music during the evening.
Help distribute fliers and attend a fun-filled musical event with interactive visioning valentine table for kids and adults, activists booths and more to raise funds so that AFA can begin to fulfill its mission. Contact Jackie at: info@albanyfarmalliance.com

3) Community Forums (February, March or April 2013)
Join the coordination team to plan and facilitate a community forum to inform, inspire, and continue work toward vibrant and productive urban farming in Albany. More later!
Contact Alexa at info@albanyfarmalliance.com

Ongoing: UC-Gill Tract Agricultural Land: Help us research methods for ensuring that the agricultural land remains agricultural in perpetuity alongside an agroecological center: i.e. land trust, sympathetic purchase, agricultural easement. Contact < info@albanyfarmalliance.com>

 

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FUNDRAISER: “EDIBLE CITY” 12/2 Cerrrito Cinema

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Whole Foods is Out!

Whole Foods oped out of the University Village Mixed Use Project because of the hard work done by the many activists in and around Albany by advocating for an urban farm and a small local coop grocery. Now we need to envision the people’s urban farm and agroecological center on the Gill Tract. Here are the statements by UC and Whole Foods.

The main thing people need to understand is we’re gonna be moving ahead,” said UC spokesman Dan Mogulof. He added that the university continues to have an “undiminished commitment” to the development. “We feel very optimistic about the extent to which other partners will be interested.”

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To The Members of the Albany Community,  1:00 pm Friday, 9/21/12

Today Whole Foods announced its decision to terminate their lease agreement with the University and withdraw from the planned Market Place and Senior Housing project in Albany. The decision comes in the wake of new lawsuits filed against the city that seek to further delay or cancel the project, as well as the likelihood of a ballot referendum on the development plan that might not be voted on for up to a year.

While we regret the loss of the project’s anchor retail tenant, we understand the firm’s frustration over further delays that come on the heels of five, long years of extensive community meetings related to development of the vacant parcel on the corner of San Pablo Avenue and Monroe Street. The end result of that engagement process was a carefully considered plan and development agreement that reflected and supported the expressed interests of the community.

Over the course of the five-year process, we consistently heard loud and clear the desire for a grocery store in what is currently an underserved area. We also heard broad support for a project that will generate jobs, economic activity and revenue for the City of Albany. To serve the needs of the Albany Village residents and the broader community, we are beginning the process to find a new retail grocery store partner for that location. From the University’s perspective the opportunity for a win-win was and remains apparent: in addition to providing a much needed grocery store, the project will offer increased tax dollars for the city, and revenue for the campus to offer rent subsidies for low-income UC Berkeley students and their families living in Albany Village.

While it is too soon to know how, or if the project’s parameters may change with the entry of a new partner, we will continue to keep you informed and welcome your input on how we achieve our shared goals and interests.

Sincerely,
Robert Hatheway
Assistant Vice Chancellor – Real Estate

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A spokeswoman for Whole Foods sent the following notice around noon on Friday.

Whole Foods Market has terminated its lease agreement with UC Berkeley’s University Village and Senior Living project location in Albany, CA because terms of the lease have not been met and the project has been delayed for several years.

Whole Foods Market is very interested in serving this community and will continue to actively pursue location opportunities and when a site has been secured we will announce it on a quarterly earnings call, when all new store locations are publicly announced.

Best,
Jennifer Marples
Whole Foods Market Public Relations

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