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Full Circle Farm is a beautiful ~3 acre property in north Sacramento OWNED by David “Tat” Chow where he has lived nearly his whole life. A community garden with budding fruits and veggies is/was thriving with several farm animals and hard-working and passionate people.
“For the past two years the U.S. Bank has now been using forged and fraudulent documents, illegal and underhanded tactics, spousal fraud, as well as the failure of the Court system to follow the law and protect our citizens from these corporate criminals, in order to gain possession of this landmark to the progressive community of California.” (Justice Reform Coalition)
This is nothing new to Tat, given his history fighting ~the establishment. Two decades ago, Tat’s parents were imprisoned for a few years for cultivating a couple ounces of marijuana. Back then, he had to fight — and pay $10,000 — just to keep the property from forfeiture. Tat is now “a medical marijuana advocate who legally cultivates for a half dozen patient users.” (Sacramento Bee)
Despite the ongoing legal debate on the property’s ownership, U.S. Bank auctioned the property to Anthony Vasquez (aka Richard Vasquez) for the giveaway price of $85,000 (including taxes and fees). Upon visiting the farm, he explained to me that he just intended to flip the property for a profit…clearly a noble cause compared to our occupied community garden. Vasquez could have joined Tat’s lawsuit against U.S. Bank, but chose not to. Tat offered Vasquez $120,000 — then $150,000 — so he could buy the property again, but those offers were denied. Vasquez has already listed the property hoping for a quick sale asking $300,000 and describing “an opportunity to steal a lot”.
Didn’t you hear about the rEVOLution? That kind of greed is so 20th century.
Tat’s legal proceedings continue, which he has been fighting Pro Se (without a real lawyer) with the help of the Justice Reform Coalition. But Mr. Vasquez was able to get the Sheriff’s department to evict Tat and the rest of us on June 13th without advance notice.
Three months ago, I moved to Full Circle Farm when some participants of Occupy Sacramento were joining to help prevent the illegal foreclosure of Tat’s land, and grow organic (hopefully non-GMO) fruits and vegetables. The simple agricultural act is political both in helping feed ourselves healthy food and helping feed to those less fortunate than us living on the street. Some of our other roommates include a retired Vietnam veteran and an anti-war veteran of the Iraq War (2003).