Berkeley Fundraiser Concert to Benefit Albany's Occupy the Farm

Five bands are expected to perform at The FarmSprung 4/20 show at 3090 King St. from 8 p.m. to midnight on Saturday — almost one year since Occupy the Farm entered the Gill Tract to advocate for a community farm.

A fundraising concert held this Saturday, April 20, aims to benefit Albany's urban agriculture activist group Occupy the Farm.

Since breaking into UC Berkeley's parcel of land known as the Gill Tract last year, the group has been trying to raise awareness on urban farming and issues on land use.

The FarmSprung 4/20 will be held at 3090 King St. in Berkeley from 8 p.m. to midnight, the Mercury News reports. A $10-15 sliding scale donation is requested and scheduled artists include Voyaj, Upside Drown, Shake Your Peace!, Future Twin and Michael Zeligs.

On Earth Day of last year, Occupy the Farm first broke into the Gill Tract to protest a proposed development neighboring land also owned by the university.

Though university officials denied that the land would be developed, protesters believed that if the nearby development was approved, the occupied land would follow, the Mercury News reports.

Protesters were removed on May 14 and the area was sealed off by university police. Currently, the land is being used by the university for agricultural research.

To read the full Mercury News article, click here


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