To build resilient, strong communities through urban agriculture, agroecological practices and policies, and democratized research.
[7/27/2014: This mission statement is a draft, and has not yet been ratified by the Proto-Stewardship Council]
The Gill Tract Community Farm is a collaborative community project between the UC and the community, focused on issues of food justice and urban farming. It is located in Albany, CA, at the corner of San Pablo Ave and Marin Ave.
It is an urban farm where you can come and harvest food for yourself and your family in exchange for help with weeding, planting, and watering; it aims to supply fresh organic food to anyone who lacks access to it in our East Bay communities.
The GT Community Farm is one of the increasing number of urban agriculture and alternative sustainable food systems worldwide that exist to develop innovative local solutions to social, environmental and economic injustices.
The 1.5-acre plot is part of a 20-acre area that represents the only remaining open land of the original 100-acre parcel of prime agricultural farmland that UC bought from Albany’s Gill Family Nursery in the 1920s.
Community members are working with representatives of UC Berkeley’s College of Natural Resources to create a stewardship council that will jointly govern the land as we learn about, research, and address food needs in the East Bay region and beyond (See "Working Groups" tab for more information).
You are welcome to get involved at any level, whether that is joining a working group or the governance council, or simply coming to join us during our open hours.
[7/27/2014: This description is a draft and has not yet been ratified by the Proto-Stewardship Council]