Congratulate Our New Board Co-Chairs…And Apply to Join our Board

Khiaecia Key and Sarah Ting have leapt into action with Team ANV!

Just three weeks ago, these amazing women were voted in as Acta Non Verba’s Executive Board Co-Chairs. Last year, they joined the group of dedicated and talented individuals that make up ANV’s Advisory and Executive Boards. Today, they’re ready to help lead ANV to new heights.

We are recruiting for Executive Board members right NOW!

Click here for our Board Inquiry Package.

Click here for our Board applications.

Take a look and #TakeTheLeap with us! #EastOaklandRising!

Three Things We Learned About Farming And Each Other

Kelly: Hey Kaiyah, it’s the holidays so we should talk about why we are grateful to ANV and the communities we serve. Our work has taught us so many things abut ourselves and each other – and what community means to us and our campers.

Kai: Sure, I guess… But you know, I’m more of an “Acta” not a “Verba”. Hehehe

Kelly: *Rolling eyes* Right. Ok, so let’s talk it out. What are some things we’ve learned?
Kai (above left): I learned how similar people are to plants. Like their basic necessities. They need to feel comfortable and their behavior like, if you don’t pay attention to them they might die. But if you pay them a lot of attention, they will be fruitful and prosper.

Kelly: I get what you’re saying though… I’ve learned that YOU are a lot like a garden plant. I have to pay you a LOT of attention to make sure you are fruitful and prosper! That’s why I hire community members that know how to speak “kid” and give the attention the kids need to have and learn.

Kai: I am grateful for all of the good lessons I’ve learned from ANV. Like gardening is so much more than a chore or a hobby it has a meaning and the meaning is life so, I would say that ANV has taught me the meaning of life. But really, I learned that you’re more than just a mommy to me… You’re also a mommy to tomatoes and basil and greens… and other kids too.

Kelly: Yeah, sometimes I feel like I’m spread thin… but I know how important it is for kids to know not only where food comes from, but also that there is a place in the neighborhood where they are safe and can play without worrying about what’s happening outside our programs. I’ve learned that it really does take a village to make sure that every child has their best chance at having a good life.

Kai: I learned that I am more responsible than most adults think I am. Adults think that I’m just a little girl… Like, I can’t really do anything. But, when I’m farming, I can take care of a plant. And I don’t care what people think about me. It honestly empowers me, as a person. It makes me feel like I’m making a change in the community and I might be a little kid, but I know how to do this. I know how to grow food that my community can eat and grow strong!

Kelly: Yes! Seeing kids grow up and learn how to work with plants and community and have fun doing it inspires me too! I feel so great when kids are able to show their parents around the farm and how much pride they show in their accomplishments makes me so happy!

Thank you for getting us half way to our year end goal of $25,000 – will you help us keep our work fruitful by donating today?

Happy holidays from all of us in the ANV Family!

ANV’S 2011-2015 In Review Report Is Here!

Dear ANV Supporter,

2015 was an AMAZING year! For a summary of our accomplishments to date, stop by our offices to pick up a copy of our newly published report, 2011-2015 in Review. You can also download the report here. This piece details the highlights of our growing organization, including:

  • Executive Director Kelly Carlisle honored by President Barack Obama, Assemblymember Rob Bonta, ABC 7, and the Super Bowl 50 Fund.
  • Awarded contract to install seven school and community farms across Alameda County in 2015-2016
  • Started accepting EBT payments for CSAs and produce with support from Phat Beets Produce
  • Started a local Food Pantry with partner Project Access in Tassafaronga Village
  • Hosted 30+ schools and non-profits to learn about farming and consulted on 20+ local gardens.

In 2016, ANV aims to further prove our commitment to our communities by providing all ages with opportunities to learn, grow, and be present as well as advocating for a more just and equitable food system, education system, and by instilling hope and excitement in the lives of our youth. We want to expand our camps to ensure more than 300 youth have access to enriching, healthy, safe, educational, and FUN activities during school breaks. But we can’t do all of this without YOUR SUPPORT!

So download our 2011-2015 In Review Report today, sign up for our newsletter, volunteer on the farm or at the camps, and donate and help us reach our campaign goal of $25,000! Together, we can grow a brighter future for youth and their families in East Oakland one tomato, book, and jumping jack at a time!

Entries Due August 1, 2015 for 2nd Annual Future Peace NOW Art Contest

ANV's 2nd Annual Art Contest!! Entries Due August 1st!

Acta Non Verba is looking for your masterpiece for our Second Annual Youth Art Contest: “Future Peace Now”!

The contest is open to Oakland Youth grades K-12. Youths are encouraged to create original artworks that speak to “What Brings Peace?” The artworks could be created individually or in a group, classroom, or community setting.

Prizes:

  • All submissions will be published on the Future Peace Now website.
  • Selected artworks will be featured in an art exhibition during the Black Farmers Conference October 16th – 18th.
  • 10 artworks will be recreated as street banners and hung on International Boulevard between 80th – 85th Avenue from September – November 2015.
  • The artist will also receive a family dinner provided by Acta Non Verba.

Submission are open to all 2D mediums including illustration, poetry, photography, graphic design, etc.

All submissions must include :

  • Title of Piece
  • Artist Name
  • Age
  • Grade
  • School / Community Organization / Church.

Artwork should be submitted digitally to sasha.kelley@anvfarm.org

Or mailed to:
Acta Non Verba
Attn: Art Contest
1001 83rd Avenue, Mailbox #1
Oakland, CA 94621

For questions please call 415-368-3769.

All entries must be submitted by August 1, 2015!

ANV’s Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Is Open NOW!

Acta Non Verba’s Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) allows city residents to have direct access to high quality, fresh produce grown ultra locally by our Kid Farmers. When you become a member of a CSA, you’re purchasing a “share” of vegetables from a regional farmer.

Pick-Up

Weekly or bi-weekly, from June 17 until August 14, 2015, our farmers will deliver that share of produce to a convenient pick-up location at One Stop, 8400 International Boulevard, Oakland, CA 94621.
Our farmers can also deliver produce to your home for an additional fee.
ANV's Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) starts again on June 17, 2015!! Sign Up NOW!

Payment

CSA members pay for an entire season of produce upfront or on a week-to-week basis.

Shares usually include 5-7 types of vegetables, enough for a family of 2-4 people. Half shares for smaller households are available upon request.*

Click here to register for our CSA today!

*Adapted from http://www.justfood.org/csa

Why I Give, By Husniyah McLeod

Donate to Acta Non Verba and help us make more smiles in East Oakland!
Donate to Acta Non Verba and help us make more smiles in East Oakland!

My name is Husniyah McLeod, and my son is Amir age 9 .

My family and I have been living here at Tassafaronga for a little over three years now. I’ve always walked by the farm and wanted to go inside and pick some veggies, but I was too afraid. Then, about a year ago, I got a knock on my door. It was Miss Kelly inviting me and my family to come join the farm. From that day forward I’ve been coming with my son Amir.

Back in late November of 2013, I saw Miss Kelly at the farm. I hobbled in and asked her if she knew of any herbs I could take to help progress my labor with my daughter. Sure enough she did. About two and half days later my daughter Amiylah was born.

So with that being said, one could see just how much ANV Farm means to me and my family. Not only that, but Miss Kelly provides the community with a breath of fresh air. Not just for the children but the parents, grandparents, and families.

My son Amir loves going to the farm and helping out all the time. He really has gained a good relationship and bond with intern Brian.

He also loves all of the camps and all the fun and educational things Miss Kelly and the other ANV staff provide. Me, myself, has also gained a good bond with the children of Camp ANV and at the farm.

Support Youth Nutrition and Empowerment by Donating Here! Me and my family look forward to staying in involved with ANV’s Farm ANV in the future. I personally LOVE the whole ANV family and what it stands for in our Community.

Please, take a moment to donate at least $50 to help Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project continue its Mission!

Support Youth Nutrition and Empowerment by Donating Here!

– Husniyah McLeod, Camp ANV Parent

Why I Give, By Althea Raiford

Why Do I Give?

I give to ANV because everyday I see my future in a child’s eyes.

Donate to Acta Non Verba and help us make more smiles in East Oakland!
Donate to Acta Non Verba and help us make more smiles in East Oakland!

People always say, “Invest in your future so you have what you need when you get older.” The children in our communities are our future! If not me then who? If now now then when? Time waits for no one….I give because I want to invest in my future, their future… OUR FUTURE!

ANV plays a crucial part in that investment. Every child in the program gains a new understanding for what they are capable of creating. They learn that “limitation” is only a word. That the limit to their success is set by their desire to grow and achieve their dreams.

They see the value of work and saving for the next day. They gain an understanding of how food fuels their body and the economy. ANV is a light that shows them a new way to reach goals and dreams!

Please, take a moment to donate at least $50 to help Acta Non

Support Youth Nutrition and Empowerment by Donating Here!
Support Youth Nutrition and Empowerment by Donating Here!

Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project continue it’s mission of providing a safe place for East Oakland youth.

– Althea Raiford

#EastOaklandRising!

#TeamANV Supporter

Why I Give, By Nadine Johnson

Donate to ANV today and help plat the seed of a brighter, healthier tomorrow!
Donate to ANV today and help plat the seed of a brighter, healthier tomorrow!

Why do I give?

Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project is community focused. It was born and raised in Oakland, CA. From my experience with Acta Non Verba, I know that the community has an understanding about healthy eating, healthy living, and why it’s important. I also know that other concerns sometimes have to come first.

ANV has expanded the idea of community beyond one group of people or one geographic location. Everyone who cares about health and food resources is part of the Acta Non Verba community.

Giving children the opportunity to nourish and cultivate plants leads to adults who nourish and build strong vibrant communities.

Knowledge is power. Giving children the knowledge they need to live a healthier life can start a revolution – a revolution that will turn a desert into an oasis.

Acta Non Verba is planting a seed today that will grow a better world.

Donate to Acta Non Verba and help us make more smiles in East Oakland!
Donate to Acta Non Verba and help us make more smiles in East Oakland!

Please, take a moment to donate at least $50 to help Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project continue it’s mission of providing a safe place for East Oakland youth.

#EastOaklandRising!

– Nadine Johnson, ANV Board Member

Why I Give, By Stephanie Radbill

Why I Give…

Stephanie Radbill ANV Board Member
Stephanie Radbill
ANV Board Member

Acta Non Verba works tirelessly to address issues of food justice in East Oakland. Whether it’s educating children about healthy eating, teaching community gardeners how to grow their own food, or hosting engaging workshops and field trips at the farm, Acta Non Verba empowers the East Oakland community to be healthier and happier.

Children who attend camp ANV are challenged to try all sorts of new things, from growing and cooking food, to dancing and playing the violin. And it’s out on the farm that they really come alive: the children plan, plant, and harvest the summer’s produce, and ANV staff then sells it to the community through a weekly farm stand and CSA. Acta Non Verba recognizes that children with savings accounts are seven times more likely to attend college, so proceeds from the farm stand and CSA go to individual savings accounts for the children.

Not only do I believe in Acta Non Verba’s mission, but I have witnessed their impact, and it’s powerful. I am so proud to support the programs at ANV that build a more just food system for residents of East Oakland.

Every Dollar Donated to ANV Ensures a Brighter Future for Children in East Oakland.
Every Dollar Donated to ANV Ensures a Brighter Future for Children in East Oakland.

Please, take a moment to donate at least $50 to help Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project continue it’s mission of providing a safe place for East Oakland youth.

#EastOaklandRising!

– Stephanie Radbill, ANV Board Member

Why I Give, By Carlynn Wooten-Scott

Why I Give…

I give to Acta Non Verba because ANV gives to me, my family, and my community. Where else can my children learn about healthy living, food justice, and economic viability in a space where “Fun!” is frequently the answer to “How was your day?”

I give because I support the mission, leadership, and programmatic goals of the organization. ANV is community based in its design, its implementation, and its outreach.

I give because giving to ANV is an investment in the development of my children and my community.

ANV is important because it stands alone as the only urban farm in my community. The resources that it provides are vital to the sustainability and regrowth of East Oakland. By proving food, education, a safe space, and healthy living resources for the community, ANV is transformative in its approach to improving the quality of life for residents of East Oakland.

 

Every Dollar Donated to ANV Ensures a Brighter Future for Children in East Oakland.
Every Dollar Donated to ANV Ensures a Brighter Future for Children in East Oakland.

It’s important because of the diversity of programs that Camp ANV offers. It’s critical to economically disadvantaged, as well as working families in East Oakland, because it provides affordable programs for children and families. ANV is necessary!”

 

Please, take a moment to donate at least $50 to help Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project continue its mission of providing a safe place for East Oakland youth.

– Carlynn Wooten-Scott, Camp ANV Mom and ANV Board Member