Harvest Festival on Sunday, October 27th

Hey friends,

Your community farm’s annual Harvest Festival is right around the corner! Do you enjoy gardening, eating organic fruits and vegetables, learning about sustainable urban farming, and helping to make your community a better place? Us too!! That’s why we want you to join us at the UC Gill Tract Community Farm (1050 San Pablo Ave. Albany CA) on Sunday October 27, 2019 from 10AM-5PM for our 6th annual Harvest Festival. Feel free to just stop by for the activities that interest you most, or hang out with us all day! So far our schedule looks like this:

  • 10AM - 12PM
    • Kids activities in the Ladybug Patch
    • Team farming: Get your hands dirty with other friendly farmers, harvesting for lunch and tending the land, with music by #DJMattHaze of MoreSF
    • Ancestral Altar building in the Ladybug Patch: bring photos, momentos, art and/or offerings to add to the community altar, seeded by the  POC Homeschoolers of Oakland . The community altar is a multi-faith, multi-tradition space aiming to build unity and celebrate diversity.  It was inspired by Gill Tract farmers honoring their various traditions, including Día de los Muertos, centuries-old, pre-colonial, indigenous commemorations of departed ancestors, and the Catholic observance of All Saints and All Souls Day, just to name a few.

  • 10:30AM-12PM
    • Burdock Root harvest, processing, and tea brewing with Delia Carroll

  • 12PM - 1PM
    • Ancestor's procession, lead by ieumsae and Lekeisha Simpson   
    • Celebrating Korean drumming and New Orleans-style second line traditions. Join the parade to carry our ancestors with us to the dance circle, where Aztec Dance Calpulli Huey Papalotl will honor the four directions and call in blessings for the land, our community, and our meal.

  • 1PM - 2:30PM
    • Lunch! Soup and salad made with farm fresh vegetables, harvested and cooked in community that morning.  
    • Live music by  Hannah Gladstone   of the Black Banjo Reclamation Project

  • 2:30PM - 4PM
    • Storyteller's Circle - A harvest of inspiring and reflective stories that celebrate all that's been accomplished and give us nourishment to digest as we enter the cooler, dreamier wintertime. Storytellers include:
      • Loa Niumeitolu   of Sogorea Te Land Trust, an urban Indigenous women-led community organization that facilitates the return of Chochenyo and Karkin Ohlone lands in the San Francisco Bay Area to Indigenous stewardship 
      • Ron Reed, Karuk Tribal member and traditional dip-net fisherman
      • ELF Theater Troupe - Farm kids share highlights from the Gill Tract struggle of 2012
      • ...and more special guests!

  • 4PM - 5PM
    • Community Jam! Bring an instrument or grab one of ours and join the jam, lead by the Onelove band.

Mark your calendar and share this year’s beautiful Harvest Festival with us, as well as your friends, siblings, grandparents, parents, partner, or whoever else you would like to bring! Everyone is welcome here. The farm is ADA accessible and there is no entry fee.

Help us spread the word! Students, forward this to your professors, or the clubs/organizations you hang with! Professors, forward this to your colleagues & students! 

Can’t make it to the Harvest Festival? Come learn about how we’re helping to improve our communities’ access to healthy food, as well as how you can get involved during our open hours:

Sunday: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm 
Monday: 11:00 am – 6:00pm
Tuesday: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm       
Thursday: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Pay What You Can Farm Stand @ San Pablo Gate: Sunday: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Green House @ Oxford Tract Farm: Tuesday: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Want to know more about what we do? Check us out:

Warmly,

Your friends at the UC Gill Tract