The Gill Tract Community Farm is a collaborative community project between the University of California Berkeley and the local community, focused on food justice and urban farming.
The community works 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. It is located in Albany, CA, at the corner of San Pablo Ave and Marin Ave. Here, Sogorea Te’ does field and garden care for both produce and Native plants. It is an urban farm where you can come and harvest food for yourself and your family in exchange for regular volunteering; it aims to supply fresh organic food to anyone who lacks access to it in our East Bay communities. Sogorea Te’ Land Trust collaborates with regular farm volunteers and the Black Earth Farmers collective to rematriate this space.
Here at the Gill Tract, we have hosted some of our largest work days open to volunteers of all ages!
In response to Covid-19, the farm is now closed to the public and in the process of planning for a safe reopening. Fortunately, the Sunday farm educators and safety champions reopened the farm stand on Sundays from 2 to 5 pm. The farm produce is safety harvested from the farm and is sold based on “take what you need and give what you can” resource. No one turned away and we welcome generous donations that can help provide food to food insecure families.
If you are interested in becoming a farm educator and being trained in the new safety protocols, visit the Gill Tract Farm facebook page or sign up to volunteer at the Albany site here.