200 urban farmers walk onto the last, best farmland in Northern California's East Bay, in order to to save it from becoming a real-estate development. They carried with them tools, tents, and 15,000 seedlings. By nightfall they had planted nearly an acre of crops, set up a tent village to protect their work, and hoisted a banner that read: "Occupy The Farm".
Over the coming days and weeks, a tense stand off developed on this publicly owned land between the farmers and the University of California, Berkeley. This land, known as the Gill Tract, has been a University agricultural research station for the past 80 years. Now the University wanted to build a Whole Foods shopping mall, condos and ball fields. But, such development plans on this last piece of farmland contradicts their original "Land Grant" charter that requires the University to teach agriculture.
After three weeks, riot police evict the farmers. But, the crops survive and the occupation alters the fate of the land.
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