Acta Non Verba in NYC for the 2019 Renewal Awards!

This week the Atlantic and Allstate announced the winners of the fourth annual Renewal Awards Wednesday at an event in New York City! This annual event recognizes non-profit organizations that are stepping in to play a vital role in building healthy, sustainable, and equitable communities.  Five winners from across the country were carefully selected from a pool of over 9,300 hundred candidates and Acta Non Verba was one of them! ANV’s Founder & Executive Director, Kelly Carlisle, and Office Manager & Program Coordinator, Ayano Jeffers-Fabro, travelled to New York City this week to receive one of five Renewal Awards AND the Youth Empowerment Award for 2019! Watch the full video below.

The original prize was $20,000, but as a surprise to the winners, each of the organizations will receive $40,000 over two years to support their work. The winning organizations come from all corners of the country. They are: Adelante Mujeres, Forest Grove, Oregon; The Compton Initiative, Compton, California; New Moms, Chicago; Welcoming the Stranger, Langhorne, Pennsylvania; and Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project, Oakland, California, which was the Allstate Youth Empowerment Award winner. Read more about these brilliant awardees.

Kelly and Ayano spent a few days in New York City for the Renewal Awards celebration. The festivities kicked off with a phenomenal dinner at Ai Fiori, a Michelin Star recognized restaurant. There, they met with other awardees, past awardees and the Renewal Project Team — where they were officially inducted into the Renewal family.  After the dinner, awardees gathered on the rooftop of the Ink48 Hotel to see one of the best views in NYC — soaking in the brilliance of the lights and bustling activities of the city. At the awards ceremony the next day, Kelly sat on a panel alongside fellow awardees to showcase ANV’s work.

Grow Your Imagination! A Silent Reading Party Benefit for Acta Non Verba

Acta Non Verba would like to thank all of those who attended and supported this event! Here are some highlights from “Grow Your Imagination” A Silent Reading Party Benefit for Acta Non Verba!

Photos courtesy of ©Pete Rosos Photography


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Our First Delivery to Mandela Foods Cooperative!

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Photos Courtesy of Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project | All Right Reserved

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Our After-School Program (ASP) made their first store delivery to Mandela Foods Cooperative Grocery Store, last week! Youth members participating in ASP pick fresh pineapple-guavas from our WOW Farm site. We walked them across the street and down the road from the farm, to our neighbors at Mandela Foods. There, we were warmly greeted by the coop workers’ and customers. What a great way to kick off this partnership!

Stop by Mandela Foods (1430 7th St, Oakland, CA 94607), get you some hand-picked pineapple guavas, and support your local coop today! 😎💚🍈👩🏾‍🌾👨🏾‍🌾

Spring Break Mini-Camp 2018 RECAP

Spring Break Mini-Camp 2018

What a jam packed week we had for Spring Break camp this year! Thanks to the hard work of Camp Director, Kahlil Johnson and Team ANV, Spring 2018 was our largest spring break camp to date –  with more campers came more excitement, more learning, and more adventure!

Our farm is at the heart of our program and this spring break was no exception. Our youth learned about vermiculture from our Farm Manager, Aaron De La Cerda, where worms can be beneficial to farms and what conditions are needed for the worms to eat and multiply. Planet Bee came through to do a Hive Dive at our farm to discuss the endangerment of the honeybee, don some bee suits and take an inside look at the lives of worker bees. To top it all off, our campers learned an urban farming technique, vertical hydroponic gardening, and how it increases food security and access in our own homes.

Our campers know that growing healthy food is just the first step in living a more healthy lifestyle, you have to cook it and eat it too! Our Farm-To-Table Educator led campers through a number of recipes that included ingredients from our very own farm, including bean and cheese burritos, mac n’ cheese with broccoli, mango berry swirl smoothies, and even rice cake pizzas, which everyone agreed tastes better than it sounds. The dish that stole the show for a third year in a row, though, was zucchini bread and remains a Camp ANV favorite!

Gary Bizer, aka G-Biz on 106KMEL, also came through to get our campers behind and in front of the camera for some photography basics that made for both silly and serious moments of bonding with each other. Now Camp ANV has a mini-cohort of actors and cinematographers that are looking forward to a more in-depth visual arts workshop this summer that will allow our campers to tell their own life story through the camera lens.

There was no pool trip this session , but that didn’t stop our Camp ANV staff from ensuring our campers could have fun in the sun with water activities we all grew up with. We had everything from water balloon fights and toss competition to playing “Fill The Bucket”, but the highlight was Farm Manager Aaron making a homemade slip’n’slide with a large tarp, water, and biodegradable dish soap that definitely created beautiful memories for all our campers.

Our field trip for Spring Break this year was to the Sunol AgPark, where our own Program Coordinator, Ayano Jeffers-Fabro, gave a tour and led activities with the campers. Two guest architects from UC Davis led a watershed workshop that taught our campers about where our water comes from,  the importance of keeping it clean, and its relationship to the farm. We also continued our pollinator theme by talking about hedgerows, bats, birds, and insects. We capped off the day by giving back to the farm and clearing rocks for the next beds to be dug.

We always like to include culture from the diaspora in our programming, and this Spring Break included learning and training in the fundamentals of the Afro-Brazilian martial art of Capoeira. The class was taught by the renowned Mestra Suelly of United Capoeira Association with the assistance of Anesti ‘Gênio’ Vega of Capoeira Volta ao Mundo, one of our very own ANV Executive Board members. Campers learned about the African and Indigenous roots of Capoeira as it formed in Brazil, a few of the most popular and traditional songs, and learned how to play the integral instruments like the berimbau, atabaque, pandeiro and reco reco. After learning a few fundamental movements like the ginga, au, and cocorinha, along with a few basic kicks, the campers were ready to put it all together at the end of the week and formed a roda to show off their singing, playing and fancy moves!

All of our campers had a blast learning about healthy living, culture and leadership through this fast-paced Spring Break and we’re all looking forward to what our Summer Camp brings!

Check out what kept our campers smiling throughout spring break camp!

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