Retreat

Retreat – UC Gill Tract Community Farm
February 19th, 2016; 
11am- 6pm
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Community members and students interested in joining a working group and getting more deeply involved in the planning and decision making at the UC Gill Tract Community Farm are invited and encouraged to attend our 2016 Planning Retreat!

The principle objective of this retreat will be to reground us in our mission and to create clear goals for 2016 that step towards that mission. Through interactive and fun activities, the agenda will allow us to address some of the barriers to achieving our mission that have been mentioned by stewardship assembly members, which include: creating a long-term cohesive funding strategy; increasing and diversifying participation in farm leadership; evaluating our structure and generating suggestions for increasing cohesion and communication among working groups.

We request that all those who attend the retreat plan to commit to a particular working group in order to get involved in decision-making at the farm. Current working groups include: Farm Management, Education & Events, Outreach, Communications, Research, Fundraising. If you are a student, we will also create a separate breakout group for students who are not yet sure which WG to join.

Background: The UC Gill Tract Community Farm is a collaborative community project between the University of California Berkeley and the local 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.

Mission: to conduct collaborative community-driven research, education, and extension focused on ecological farming and food justice, and to foster equitable economies, a healthy environment, and increased resilience in vulnerable communities, both urban and rural.

For more information, please see our website: gilltractfarm.wordpress.com

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Celebrate Earth Week at the Gill Tract!

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Join us at the UC Gill Tract Community Farm as we recognize the 45th Anniversary of Earth Day with a celebratory week of workshops, panels, and events in the spirit of the 45 year history of the Gill Tract.

Woven throughout the week is an intentional conversation on the past and future of the Gill Tract farm and what our place is in the local and international struggles for justice. What is the role of the Gill Tract in food system transformation? How can we center the voices and experiences of frontline workers in the food system? What is our space in struggles against racial and economic violence? Join us in reflecting and planting our intentions for the year ahead.

Sunday, April 19th, 12-5pm – Soil Not Oil!
Workshops and speakers on Pesticides & the Health of Soils, Climate & People
Sponsored by the Soil Not Oil Coalition,
www.soilnotoilcoalition.org

Wednesday, April 22nd, 10-2pm – Earth Day
Volunteer day in the children’s garden with local schools

Saturday, April 25th, 10-5pm – Permaculture Action Day
A fun workday of planting, music, and workshops for building a resilient food ecosystem.
Sponsored by the Permaculture Action Tour and The Polish Ambassador.http://www.permacultureaction.org/
See the blog post from their visit last fall: http://www.permacultureaction.org/san-fran/

Sunday, April 26th, 10-5pm – Community Farm Birthday Party!
Our community farm is turning 1 year old! We will be celebrating with food, music, and planting for the summer. Workshops will explore the role of the Gill Tract in local and international struggles for justice.

Save the date!
Check out the Facebook event for more details and updates.

New Spring Open Hours!

Sunnier days and blue skies mean springtime is upon us! Please note the new open hours below, effective Sunday, March 8, 2015.

Sunday 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm (Farm meeting at 11:00 am)

Monday 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Tuesday 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm (Greenhouse 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm)

Wednesday 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Thursday 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm (Greenhouse 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm)

FARMSTAND OPEN EVERY SUNDAY 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Hope to see you all there!

 

NEW WINTER SEASON OPEN HOURS!

Fall is quickly turning to Winter! That means shorter days and the coming of the rainy season!

To reflect these seasonal changes, the Farm Management Working Group has voted to change our open hours so we can safely continue work on the farm. We’ve also moved the weekly Farm Stand to Sunday. Visit this link to see the Facebook post on these changes.

Below are the updated open hours effective 10/31/14. Changes are in bold.

Sunday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm (Farmer’s Meeting at 12 pm) (Farm Stand from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm at the San Pablo Gate)

Monday: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Tuesday: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Wednesday: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Thursday: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Check-out our Summer 2014 Quarterly Review!

There have been a lot of busy bees flying through the farm and through meetings across the Bay Area to bring together the projects that are continuously growing out at the Gill Tract Community Farm. Find out what has been going on this summer in the different working groups. To get involved in a working group, fill out the google form on our Governance and Working Groups page.

Download the Summer 2014 Review: Quarterly Report – Draft 8.30

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Our new mural, created through a facilitated community process on August 10th.