Activists occupying the former site of Hayes Valley Farm in San Francisco said they locked out workers sent to cut trees down this morning and that they plan a live music event and neighborhood barbecue this weekend.

The “Liberate the Land” protestors entered the site at Fell and Laguna streets on Saturday, a day after proprietors of the farm vacated the land. The protesters dubbed the space “Gezi Gardens” after a park in Istanbul that has been the subject of recent protests.

The group said today that it has built six tree-sitting platforms on the site, planted gardens, served meals, organized workshops and activities and built a village “to demonstrate ecological living in the city.”

Workers sent to cut down trees on the site were locked out around 8 a.m. today, the protestors said.

Protestors said Thursday that they had been served with a notice to vacate the land by San Francisco police. A San Francisco police spokesman denied that officers had served any notices to the site and said police were not on the scene as of this morning.

Hayes Valley Farm had operated under a temporary interim use agreement, in which the city granted fiscal support and use of the land formerly occupied by a freeway on-ramp that was torn down. It began in January 2010.

But the land, which the city sold to developers Avalon Bay and Build Inc., was always slated for development. A 182-unit housing project is slated to start construction later this year.

The occupation does not involve Hayes Valley Farm organizers, who have said that the farm’s resources were distributed to a number of legacy projects throughout San Francisco, including The Bee Farm, Bloom Justice, 49 Farms, BRANCH/Youth Education, Please Touch Community Garden, The Potrero Hill Learning Garden, Beecology and Urban Commons SF.

According to the Hayes Valley Farm website, as many as 20,000 volunteers worked on the 2.2-acre farm during its time in San Francisco and community events large and small were common at the location, including yoga and holiday celebrations.

Activists said they planned a barbecue with live music, workshops and a neighborhood meeting Saturday, with music starting as early as 10 a.m. and the barbecue around noon.

A neighborhood meeting at 3 p.m. Saturday will “open a dialogue about preserving this open green space and potentially turning it into a commons for the people of San Francisco,” and include a “teach-in” about the Gezi Park protests in Turkey, the activists said in a statement.

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  • baklazhan

    Great job. Let’s make sure that anyone who offers land for temporary urban gardening use thinks twice about it.

  • baklazhan

    Great job. Let’s make sure that anyone who offers land for temporary urban gardening use thinks twice about it.

  • Marie Roth

    I knew when they started this that there would be trouble when the time was up. Why was I able to foresee this? I am not in government. This was obvious. As soon as they put a temporary farm by the freeway on ramp, I thought, this will not end well.

  • Marie Roth

    I knew when they started this that there would be trouble when the time was up. Why was I able to foresee this? I am not in government. This was obvious. As soon as they put a temporary farm by the freeway on ramp, I thought, this will not end well.

  • TezCatalyst

    Aren’t homemade signs hanging on chain link fence tantamount to billboards? In other words visual pollution. Where do these activists pee and defecate? Do they know the land they are sleeping on is polluted? As a long-time resident of Hayes Valley I’m concerned about the upscale gentrification but the way to solve it is not to encourage squatters. Noise nuisance and jerks who litter the side walk and the litter the land. I want to say this in the nicest way… PLEASE GO AWAY.

  • TezCatalyst

    Aren’t homemade signs hanging on chain link fence tantamount to billboards? In other words visual pollution. Where do these activists pee and defecate? Do they know the land they are sleeping on is polluted? As a long-time resident of Hayes Valley I’m concerned about the upscale gentrification but the way to solve it is not to encourage squatters. Noise nuisance and jerks who litter the side walk and the litter the land. I want to say this in the nicest way… PLEASE GO AWAY.

  • biking in SF

    Now, what property owners are going to be willing to let there be a temporary farm on their land while they wait to develop? You MIGHT win this battle, but you’re contributing to losing the war.

  • biking in SF

    Now, what property owners are going to be willing to let there be a temporary farm on their land while they wait to develop? You MIGHT win this battle, but you’re contributing to losing the war.

  • Ayme

    Really?? Did you guys watch the video? Another condo is more noise and pollution than a community supporting/supported garden space. Visual Pollution?? Are you kidding?? It was AN UNUSED ON-RAMP.

    I’m shocked that you people are really more supportive of condo development than promoting self sustainability in the city.

    • deetz100

      First, half the housing being put there will low income. Second, who elected these guys to decide? And who are they? Locals? I don’t think so. So arrogant!

      • Atom_Mike

        Well, they went back to Berkeley with their Anglo-dreads between their legs… Thousands of dollars in overtime for the cops to guard some dead trees later…

  • Ayme

    Really?? Did you guys watch the video? Another condo is more noise and pollution than a community supporting/supported garden space. Visual Pollution?? Are you kidding?? It was AN UNUSED ON-RAMP.

    I’m shocked that you people are really more supportive of condo development than promoting self sustainability in the city.

    • deetz100

      First, half the housing being put there will low income. Second, who elected these guys to decide? And who are they? Locals? I don’t think so. So arrogant!

      • Atom_Mike

        Well, they went back to Berkeley with their Anglo-dreads between their legs… Thousands of dollars in overtime for the cops to guard some dead trees later…

  • Inkblotpropaganda

    Moar Condos! Who cares what’s right. There are no ethics or regeneration, just free market baby. Trust in it, its worked for the native americans.

  • Inkblotpropaganda

    Moar Condos! Who cares what’s right. There are no ethics or regeneration, just free market baby. Trust in it, its worked for the native americans.