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    (i) since its purchase in 1928 (or, perhaps, its bequest to UC by the Gill family farm with the condition that it should be used forever as an agricultural research station), UC has parceled, sold off, and developed about 90 percent of the 104 acre plot. Can a land grant University divert agricultural land to commercial or recreational uses? Does such diversion contradict the land grant mission of a public University?

    (ii) UC has transferred the land from the College of Natural Resources to UCB Capital Projects, its commercial arm which specializes in “development projects”; and

    (iii) the 2004 Master Plan, jointly worked out with the Albany City Council and Planning Commission, clearly states that the land has been re-designated from "academic reserve" to "recreation and open space" which may mean baseball and soccer fields, parks or any number of recreational designations.

    Does such redesignation guarantee the preservation of the land for an urban agriculture center? This is an idea that several professors, students, 45 non-profit organizations and community members, organized under the Bay Area Coalition for Urban Agriculture (BACUA), presented in the form of a proposal to the University in February 2000. The proposal was for the creation of the world's first university center on sustainable urban agriculture and food systems. The purposes of the Center were to promote research, education, extension and outreach in the various environmental and socioeconomic dimensions of urban farming and sustainable food systems.  

    This proposal was ignored by the University, and so was a later one, ...


    Resistance Is Fertile - Occupy

    by Sean X on Sun May 06, 2012 at 04:38:15 AM PDT

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