Draft Proposal for Sunday 12/4 General Assembly: Occupy Farms
Move out of the parks and into the farms!
Occupy Farms is a new avenue in which the Occupy movement can literally grow in
a more profound and sustainable way. Many in the farming community, who have
been effected by Big Bank swindling, are about to lose land that they have owned
for generations. These local farmers are at the heart of the economic hit placed on
hardworking Americans. When Occupy Wall Street launched two months ago, local
farms were our first responders, with truck loads of donated produce. They fed and were
an integral part of our success. And now when OWS has been evicted from it's home
base camp, the farmers rally again, with a generous 56 acre donation of farmland in the
What does 56 Acres look like? Located in Binghamton and Woodstock 4 hrs drive north
of NYC, the land houses a 150 foot onsite well and a bordering stream. Is sitting on
the NYC watershed (a fault-line for global fracking activism), offers an outdoor ampi-
theater, plenty of farmable land, as well as, 3 structures: a 2 story house 36’x27’, post &
beam, a 3 story barn and a 3-sided small horse shed with 9 rescued horses on the property
that the owners would like to be cared for.
Our team/working group consists of farmers, naturalists, mycologists, bee keepers,
gardeners, herbologists, organic environmentalists, writers and green thumbs. We
encourage more to join us as we believe this will become a potentially vital part of the
OWS evolution and public image.
Sell the Dream:
Imagine if you will:
- An Occupy Farmer's market at Zuccotti and all over the city.
- Enough produce to feed the growing movement.
- A meeting ground for Pow Wows with other camps visiting from across the world.
- Yearly harvest festivals with bands, teach-ins, and crafts workshops.
- Connection with nature, mother earth and the inherent lessons on self-sustainability.
- Building a network with disenfranchised Native Americans and Farmer's throughout the
country to discuss how to reclaim and protect the land from the greed that threatens our
existence as a society and as a species.
The first step is taking a core team up to meet our benefactors, survey the grounds and
report back so we can prepare a detailed and informed plan of action. Required for the 2-
3 day expedition to be inclusive of transportation, tenting and food provisions is $1,000.
The next step is to build alliances with various working groups Legal, Sustainability,
Media and Kitchen. Building relationships with various other agricultural organizations
and farm groups that have an interest and can contribute to the mission.
The last step is to occupy some farmland!