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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

#TeamANV Supporter

“Why I Give…” – Kim Hayes


I give to ANV because it offers a wonderful, loving, safe space for children, many of whom have few options in terms of educational enrichment during school breaks. The children are well-loved and held to high behavioral standards, which pays off — their happiness is evident.

ANV connects the children to something positive. Many of these children are dealing with the neighborhood’s trama – whether it be crime, pollution, economic hardship. ANV offers them educational and emotional enrichment, opens their eyes to possibilities and shows them that they matter.

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.

-Kim Hayes
#CampANV Mom

“Why I Give…” -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.


Stephanie Radbill

ANV Board Member

“Why I Give” -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.

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!”

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.

-Carlynn Wooten-Scott

Camp ANV Mom and ANV Board Member

ANV’s 3rd Annual Epic Oakland Food Day is coming!!


ANV and OPR present our 3rd Annual EPIC Oakland FOOD Day! on Saturday, October 18 from 12-5!

Preserve the Harvest …And have FUN Doing it!

This FREE event will have music, kids activities and workshops showcasing different ways you can eat SUMMER FRESH produce all winter long!


How YOU can use Vegetables to make natural DYES for clothing!

How to Make Jams and Jellies and Can them!!

How to Make a SUPER SIMPLE #Delicious Tomato sauce!

And so much MORE!

Plus, SUPER FUN Activities for KIDS!


Want To PARTICIPATE as an exhibitor?!


We are ‪Seeking Master Food Preservers‬!!

We are looking for folks in the community who can CAN!

Do you know how to: Bake breads or crackers? Dry fruits and veggies, ferment krauts, pickle peppers, smoke or salt meat, create healthful teas?!

Please sign up HERE, so we can highlight your work at this event!

RSVP Here on our Facebook Event page!

And please feel free to share this call and event with your networks! Thanks so much!


Sponsor a Child to Attend #CampANV’s HoliDay Camp!


Donate A Campership – Change a Life!

(All of that, for just $50!)

Oakland Parks and Recreation (OPR) and ANV’s spring and summer day camps were a resounding success this year, with over 160 children in attendance!

Well, now, for the first time ever, this amazing partnership will be offering CampANV’s Fall and Winter HoliDay camp!

Beginning November 24-26 from 7:30 am- 6:00 pm, kids will have a ball with the theme: “Cultures in Our Communities”!

Breakfast, lunch and snack are all home cooked using produce from our farm and provided to the kids, free w/ the registration fee of just $50!

Your donation of just $50 will provide a campership to one of our farm rockstars!

From a parent:

ANV is just wonderful!  My kids would come home excited about their daily activities whether it was cooking or working in the community gardens (my son did not touch a veggie before ANV). 

The instruction they receive will follow them thru their lives, they became aware of the nutrition they need, from cooking to cultivating.

Thank you ANV for coming to our community!

-Esperanza M. (Miguel and Maribel’s mom)!

Please consider sponsoring a child today!

And remember, “It’s YOU that put the YOUTH in ANV’s Youth Urban Farm Project!”


Acta Non Verba Honored at The White House!!

Executive Director Kelly Carlisle sits next to President Barack Obama at the White House!
Executive Director Kelly Carlisle sits next to President Barack Obama at the White House!

Check out the White House Blog about this!

President Obama Hosts Iftar Dinner at the White House

President Obama hosts 2014 Iftar dinnerPresident Barack Obama hosts an Iftar dinner celebrating Ramadan in the State Dining Room of the White House, July 14, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

Last night, President Obama hosted his sixth Iftar dinner celebrating Ramadan at the White House, an annual tradition started by First Lady Hillary Clinton when she hosted a Ramadan Eid celebration dinner in 1996. Many consider President Thomas Jefferson to be the first President to host an Iftar dinner, as he hosted a sunset dinner to accommodate the fasts of an envoy from Tunisia over 200 years ago.

The Iftar is the meal after sunset that concludes the day of fasting during the month of Ramadan, a time to pray and reflect, to be reminded that we are equals in humanity, and to reaffirm commitments to helping the less fortunate, including those struggling from economic hardship and inequality.

Last night, guests were welcomed into the East Wing where a copy of the Quran owned by President Thomas Jefferson, one of the founding fathers of the United States, was on display from the Library of Congress. At sunset, guests gathered in the Grand Foyer to break their fast with a date following the traditional melodic Muslim call to prayer led by a local student from the University of Maryland. Then finally, after a 16-hour day of fasting since sunrise, guests gathered in the State Dining Room for a halal meal with the President.

President Thomas Jefferson’s copy of the Quran on display for guests attending the White House IftarPresident Thomas Jefferson’s copy of the Quran on display for guests attending the White House Iftar. (Photo by Jill DeWitt of the Curator’s Office)

Among attendees were members of the diplomatic corps, White House administration officials, U.S. Government staff, elected officials, and Muslim Americans who have been doing great work to strengthen the fabric and prosperity of our nation. This year’s Iftar celebrated Muslim Americans working tirelessly to fight income inequality by creating opportunities for access, whether through education, health, food security, or at-risk youth development.

Among those at the President’s table was Kelly Carlisle, a former member of the Navy who leads an urban farming program where at-risk children grow and sell fresh food to eat healthier and deposit the profits they earn into individual savings accounts to build toward a better future.

Aala Muhammed’s parents emigrated from Sudan and worked several jobs to send her to a good high school in Chicago, but her hopes of going to college faced financial challenges. With the help of a nonprofit that focuses on young people, she earned admissions to Yale University and now runs her own program to encourage girls of color to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education.

Also seated with the President was Muhammed Chaudhry, who runs a foundation that works with schools, parents, and local IT startups to better prepare students to embrace science and math and find creative ways to keep academic enrichment programs going for low-income students in the face of summer program budget cuts.

During his remarks, the President thanked the Muslim community for the contributions they’ve made to create opportunities for those who lack access. No matter our faith, race or gender, we are equals in humanity.

Tonight we reaffirm a simple truth.  Fundamental to the character of our country is our freedom of religion — the right to practice our faith as we choose, to change our faith if we choose, or to practice no faith at all and to do all this free from fear of.  All of us are deserving of an equal opportunity to thrive — no matter who we are, what we look like, what we believe, or how we pray.  And all of us have an obligation to do our part — to help others overcome barriers, to reverse the injustice of inequality and to help more of our fellow citizens share in the promise of America.

In Islam, there is a hadith that says God helps the servant as long as the servant helps his brother.  In other words, we’re summoned to serve and lift up one another, and that’s the lesson of several of our guests here tonight.

President Obama also wished Muslim Americans and Muslims all around the world a blessed Ramadan.

Read the President’s Ramadan statement here.


ANV and OPR’s Summer Day Camp 2014

Fairyland pic

Acta Non Verba’s and OPR’s Summer Break Day Camp at Tassafaronga June 16- August 15

NOW Accepting Applications!

Check out our E-Flyer HERE!

Acta Non Verba (ANV) and Oakland Parks and Recreation (OPR) are teaming up again to bring Action, Education, Excitement and FUN to your children this SUMMER!

Join us this Summer for Art Projects, Storytelling, Reading, Games, Overnight Camping and MORE!!

And at just $10 per Day, it cant be beat!

Get the application HERE!

(Session 1) June 16-July 11 (7am-6pm) (Session 2) July 21-August 15 (7am-6pm)

Thomas Raising Friends

For just $10 per day*, your child will receive:

Breakfast, Lunch and a Snack

Field Trip Admission and Transportation

Art, Culinary, Fitness, and Gardening activities

A Safe, Clean, EDUCATIONAL place to GROW!

…AND a TON of FUN!!


Think You’re Ready? Find the Application in English and Spanish HERE.

Art Contest!!

1st Annual Camp ANV Art Contest!!

For OUSD youth in grades K-8…
Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project is excited to invite you to participate in our First Annual  2014 Activity brochure Art Contest! Children are asked to create original artwork with the hope that it will be featured in ANV’s 2014 activity brochure. This year’s theme is “Food Comes From Farms” in addition to the artwork being featured in our brochure, the Grand Prize winner will receive a $50 gift card.
* 8 ½ x 11 white paper
* On the back, clearly print your name, home address, email address, phone number, grade and school.
* Entries must be RECEIVED by Monday, March 3, 2014
Acta Non Verba
Attn: Art Contest
P.O. Box 22944 Oakland, CA 94609
Call 510.972.3276 or e-mail
**IMPORTANT** We are not able to return any artwork. Any art submitted for this contest will be considered property of Acta Non Verba.

Camp ANV 2014

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ANV Youth Spring Break Mini- Camp

Monday, April 14 – Friday, April 18th



SPRING BREAK MINI- CAMP application HERE! For your convenience, you can pay for camp, HERE!

Get a jump on summer camps and try out Camp ANV 2014!

There are so many things ANV@Tassafaronga has to offer! Your child can help!

Some of our activities this week will include:

Gardening, Carpentry, Swimming, Farming, Laughing!!

Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project (ANV) elevates life in the inner city by challenging oppressive dynamics and environments through urban farming.

ANV’s quarter acre farm located in the City of Oakland’s Tassafaronga Park (83rd Ave & E Street 94621) is planned, planted, harvested and sold by youth grades K-8 and 100% of the proceeds are placed into individual savings accounts for those who have participated.

ANV offers a path for community residents of all ages to build trust, self-determination, and economic resiliency.