Gill Tract Community Farm Student Coalition

Project Lead: Helia Bidad

Sponsor: ​Dr. Jennifer Sowerwine, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management

TGIF Grant: $34,922
Project Theme: Agriculture and Food Justice
Project Location: Gill Tract Community Farm
Status: In Progress
Project Description: GTCFSC will expand upon the efforts made from Phase I of this project, the Agroecological Fellows Program. It will also develop new initiatives and gain permanent funding for the program. GTCFSC has two main components: 1) Student fellowships and 2) student-initiated projects. The fellowship positions include two coordinators and nine student fellowships: Farm Management, Volunteer Management, Data Management, Food Distribution, Research, Food Justice, Communications & Outreach, and two Fundraising Fellows. The student-initiated projects are intended to provide financial and institutional support for students seeking to create new projects, programs, and research at the farm. We will also have one core project, the indigenous foodways project. The indigenous foodways project seeks to implement traditional systems of agriculture, education, and ceremony at the Farm in ways that strengthen the resilience and sustainability of the land and farm practices while also empowering urban indigenous peoples. These projects will empower students' leadership, community engagement, and intellectual pursuits. They will also contribute to the success of the farm and by extension to the farm's benefits to the campus, such as improved student food security and a lower carbon footprint.

  1. Train students in the skills needed to be successful change-agents for food system transformation
  2. Expand and improve upon the accomplishments of Agroecological Fellows Program in Phase I, increasing the number of students directly involved in experiential learning at the farm
  3. Improve the farm's produce distribution services in an effort to increase access to healthy, sustainably-produced food for students who are food insecure
  4. Establish long-term financial support for this project

Mission Statement

The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) provides funding for projects that reduce UC Berkeley's negative impact on the environment and make UC Berkeley more sustainable. TGIF will allocate funds to projects that promote sustainable modes of transportation, increase energy and water efficiency, restore habitat, promote environmental and food justice, and reduce the amount of waste created by UC Berkeley. Portions of the fund also support education and behavior change initiatives, student aid (via return to aid), and internships. TGIF is supported by student fees and administered through a student-majority committee and a program coordinator.