campus farm

anonymous asked:

Oh! Mattie you're so handsome! So we know your brother Alfred likes american football, do you like it aswell? Or do you do something else?

“[laughs] Thank you! I like American football like my brother but I love hockey. I used to play in grade school. But since I work part time here on the campus farm, I don’t have time to play anymore. Although I love to watch a good game!”
Family resists Google's campus sprawl despite offer to buy farm for millions
The Martinellis try to preserve their family history and the agricultural spirit of the valley that is now surrounded on all sides by the tech company.

“A Bay Area family is holding on to its ramshackle farmstead in the heart of Google’s sprawling headquarters despite reason to believe it has been offered $5m to $7m by the tech giant for the tiny patch of land.

The land – which is home to battered pickups, a crumbling ice house, and a handful of renters – is now surrounded on all sides by the tech company’s more than 25-acre campus in Mountain View, California.

Measuring less than an acre, the property is also home to fig, tangerine, avocado and ancient pepper trees, many of which were planted and harvested by the late patriarch of the family, Victor Molinari, who died five years ago.

His surviving relatives appear disinclined to sell.

“Right now we’re living,” said Leonard Martinelli, 49. “We don’t need the money. Right now it’s not for sale.” His sister, Sandra Martinelli Bilyeu, 43, added: “If we keep it, we keep our history.”

But it is not only the family’s history that is being preserved.

A Google employee bikes in front of the Martinellis’ property at 1851 Charleston Road, in the middle of the Google campus. 

“Silicon Valley may now be synonymous with tech behemoths such as Google, Apple and Facebook, but not so long ago it was miles of lush farm fields where plums, cherries and tomatoes grew in abundance.”

The fabric of a community comes from what happened here. Newcomers have no connection to why we came here except for more jobs. That’s it for them.”
—Brian Grayson of the valley’s preservation action council. 

read more: guardian, 15.12.16.

Fields of Learning: The Student Farm Movement in North America

by Laura SayreSean ClarkFrederick L. Kirschenmann

Where will the next generation of farmers come from? What will their farms look like? Fields of Learning: The Student Farm Movement in North America provides a concrete set of answers to these urgent questions, describing how, at a wide range of colleges and universities across the United States and Canada, students, faculty, and staff have joined together to establish on-campus farms as outdoor laboratories for agricultural and cultural education. From one-acre gardens to five-hundred-acre crop and livestock farms, student farms foster hands-on food-system literacy in a world where the shortcomings of input-intensive conventional agriculture have become increasingly apparent. They provide a context in which disciplinary boundaries are bridged, intellectual and manual skills are cultivated together, and abstract ideas about sustainability are put to the test. Editors Laura Sayre and Sean Clark have assembled a volume of essays written by pioneering educators directly involved in the founding and management of fifteen of the most influential student farms in North America. Arranged chronologically, Fields of Learning illustrates how the student farm movement originated in the nineteenth century, gained ground in the 1970s, and is flourishing today-from the University of California-Davis to Yale University, from Hampshire College to Central Carolina Community College, from the University of Montana to the University of Maine.