Earth Day at the Gill Tract

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Farming, music, and kid’s activities in the morning, followed by educational and creative workshops for all ages in the afternoon.  As always, our event is FREE and people powered.

If you or someone you know would like to help out as a volunteer, please see our sign up list.  You can also donate, which will help fuel the communal meal and make small honorariums to traveling artists and speakers.

2-3:15:  Educational Workshops

  • Agroecology, with Miguel Altieri.  Agroecology is the groundbreaking field that blends agricultural practice with ecological knowledge.

  • Indigenous Foodways and Traditional Ecological Knowledge, with Leke Hutchins, Corrina Gould, Hank Herrera, and guests from the Karuk Tribe. Panelists will discuss the importance of revitalizing traditional forms of knowledge, such as indigenous foodways, for a community, and the effort and collaboration that must take place in order for revitalization to occur The panel will also bring to light that there are different ways—indigenous ways—of perceiving the world, and that there is an undeniable and beautiful history below the layers of concrete, bureaucracy, and colonialism that we currently stand on.

  • Medicinal Herbs: Mugwort, with Christopher Hobbs and Brooke Porter.  Uses of mugwort range from traditional medicine to modern pharmaceuticals.

3:30-5:  Movement Building in a Time of Resistance:  Panel and Circle Discussion with guest speakers from Indivisible, People’s Climate March, and the Northern California Resilience Network.

Informational booths from organizations including the USDA, the UC Berkeley Student Environmental Research Center, Edible East Bay, and more will also be on hand.

If you’d like to help out as a volunteer, see our sign up list here.  Check back here for more details as the day of the event gets closer!

SCHEDULE OF KID’S ACTIVITIES

11:00-1:00  Wildflower seed balls and flower block print-making

11:00-2:00  Beautify and Build I – decorate the garden with natural ribbons and join in a cobb building project

1:00-3:00  All About Worms: Find worms in one of their favorite habitats (the compost pile) and put them to work in the children’s garden.

1:00-3:00 Trouts and Creeks:  Make a trout hat and learn about the creek that flows through the farm

3:00-5:00  Ladybug Party and Plant identification: release ladybugs and learn how they protect the garden.  Help make colorful signs to help all farmers know who’s who.

3:30-5:00  Beautify and Build II — decorate the garden with natural ribbons and join in a cobb building project

Live music during the farm work period and lunch will be provided by local musicians Lisa Graciano, Getaway Dogs, Wild Iris, and DJ Shahid Buttar. Informational booths from organizations including the USDA, the UC Berkeley Student Environmental Research Center, Edible East Bay, and more will also be on hand.

GENERAL SCHEDULE

10am-12:30: Arrive early to explore the farm or join a team of beginning-experienced farmers to help tend the land and harvest for lunch.  No prior farming experience necessary!  Farming will be accompanied by energizing beats from DJ Shahid Buttar.  Activities for children and adults will include art, building with cobb, planting, splashing in the creek (bring your boots!), and place-making with permaculture teacher, Delia Carroll.

12:45: Welcome Circle – a moment to connect with all in attendance

1pm: Free lunch made with food provided by the Gill Tract Farm’s harvest, along with donations from Moringa Snack Bars, Acme Bread Company, Trader Joe’s, Natural Grocery, and more.  Music by Lisa Graciano and Getaway Dogs.

2-3:15:  Educational Workshops