AAG Field Trip: Cultivating an Ongoing Community of Practice

An exciting field trip is coming up at AAG this year. The trip will visit two East Bay urban farms, the Gill Tract Community Farm and Urban Tilth. At each farm, the group will meet with activist farmers, tour the farm, and discuss scholarly activism and activist scholarship underway. The cost is $49 and includes transportation and honorarium. The group will stop for lunch on the way back to the conference hotel. Lunch should cost $10 or less.

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#2-2 Scholar-Activists/Activist-Scholars: Cultivating an Ongoing Community of Practice
Tuesday, March 29, 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Organizers: Katharine Bradley (University of California, Davis) & Hank Herrera (C-PREP)
Trip Capacity: 29
Cost/person: $49.00
Sponsored by: AAG Specialty Group, Food and Agriculture

As a complement to the two sessions, Scholar-Activists/Activist-Scholars: Cultivating an Ongoing Community of Practice, this field trip will take participants to two sites where the line between scholarship and activism is deliberately being blurred by food justice activists. The two sites, Urban Tilth in Richmond and the Gill Tract Farm in Albany, are sites of learning, experimentation, and food production. Urban Tilth develops local knowledge about agroecological practices and food systems, provides technical knowledge to local urban farmers and gardeners, and is active in local and state food policy councils. The Gill Tract Farm was cultivated by community members who occupied University of California-owned land and is a hub for activists holding the university accountable to its public, land grant mission. Through discussions with farmers and activists at these two sites, participants will understand how the tension between academy-based and community-based scholarship and activism is being negotiated at two important food justice sites in the East Bay.