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Visions

for a Food Ini-a-ve on the Gill Tract Farm


There have been many visions for the Gill Tract Farm over the past 20 years. This is just one of them.

In 1997, a coali>on of 30 Bay area community organiza>ons and Professors from the University, known as
BACUA, presented a proposal to the University of California asking them to use the Gill Tract Farm for
a university/community partnership to promote research, educa>on, extension and outreach on the various
social, environmental, economic and ecological dimensions of urban farming and sustainable food systems. [1]

Over 15 years later, the vision for a center lives on. Students for Engaged and Ac>ve Learning has teamed
up with Albany community members to ask our university for this same request: to develop an innova-ve
Center for Urban Agricultural Research on all remaining 20 acres of the historic Gill Tract Farm. From food
security, to nutri>on, to the impact of gardens on climate adapta>on, a Food Ini>a>ve on the Gill Tract
would be an opportunity for the university to study pressing ques>ons facing urban farms emerging all over
the world. It would provide students with hands-on learning opportuni>es in implemen>ng solu>ons.

What would this mean for the local community?



The Gill Tract Farm could.
Produce local organic food that could be free for volunteers or sold sliding-scale
through a regional weekly farmers market that supports other local farms.
Oer employment and learning opportuni>es for students, family members, and
youth, including school garden programs and appren>ceships.
Provide a green community gathering space for the residents of the UC Village
and Albany, while maintaining cri>cal habitat for wildlife.
Oer a central loca>on for talks and cultural events related to urban studies,
food jus>ce, and sustainable food systems.
Improve the air quality of the neighborhood and regional climate adapta>on
with ini>a>ves to plant addi>onal trees and vegeta>on.

We invite you to become


part of the visioning
process: What would you
like to see at the Gill Tract?

We need your help in
asking Capital Projects to
halt the proposed
commercial development
so that these visions can
nally become reality.
Pictures from a brochure, circa 2004-2007, showcasing the community vision for the land

[1] h`p://www.cnr.berkeley.edu/srr/BACUA/bacua_proposal.htm
Almost a decade before Omnivores Dilemma, this would have been the rst urban agriculture research sta>on in the world. Instead of recognizing the
innova>on and opportunity in this community vision, Capital Projects has steamrolled forward a commercial development plan that has already demolished
the greenhouses and the historic Gill family house, and would imminently cut down 70 trees, including the historic and rare trees in farmer Gills arboretum.