Meet Camp ANV ONLINE’s Cooking Instructor: Chef Liesha Barnett!

Cooking Instructor, Chef Liesha!

Chef Liesha grew up in Oakland and began cooking at the age of 9. She joined the Navy when she was 17 years old and traveled the world cooking for thousands of sailors. After leaving the Navy she went on to work in restaurants and hotels before starting her personal chef service. She went on to earn a bachelors degree in nutrition from Arizona State University. She is a master food preserver, and an advocate for culturally relevant representation in health and wellness.

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Meet Camp ANV ONLINE’s ‘Big Ideas Science’ Instructor: Nicole Carvajal!

Camp ANV ONLINE! Science Instructor: Nicole Carvajal!

Nicole is a third-year medical student in the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program. She grew up in Van Nuys, California where she learned the love and power of community. She loves to visit home to give belly rubs to her dogs, play Just Dance, and visit new food spots with her family.

Nicole graduated from UCR with a degree in Bioengineering. She was involved in pipeline programs for underrepresented students in STEM and these opportunities allowed her to work with students through robotics which she loves!

Currently, she is completing her masters/medical school at the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program. She is motivated to bring health equity to medicine. She has worked on pipeline programs for high school students in the Mission and taught science and medicine to elementary school students in SF.

In her spare time, Nicole loves to dance salsa, make awesome things with clay at her pottery studio, paint, and garden.

Learn more about Camp ANV ONLINE!

ANV’s Statement Regarding Covid-19 | Respecto a Covid-19

Dear Camp ANV and ANV After School Program (ASP) Families, 

I know you have questions and concerns regarding the Corona Virus (COVID-19) and how it might affect our current operations at Acta Non Verba- with our After School Program (ASP) and our upcoming Camp ANV summer sessions. We are following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and American Camp Association (ACA) to assure that we are doing everything possible to support the efforts to slow and stop the spread of this illness. 

Please know that we have reviewed and updated our policies and procedures in connection to our healthcare, on-site cleanliness and support of families who have concerns. 

We are committed to our continued care of all of our staff, students and campers and will continue to monitor the situation closely and follow the advice of our local and national agencies in regard to our response. 

As of now, ANV’s After School Program is suspended until OUSD schools reopen. Camp ANV plans to open as usual on June 8th 2020.

In the meantime, our staff is happy to offer online and by phone homework help, read-aloud storytime and email educational activities and websites to families weekly. That information will be texted directly to Camp  and ASP families.

Oakland Unified School District has set up a number of grab-and-go breakfast and lunch sites. You can find more information and locations HERE

More information on the Coronavirus is available at If you have additional questions about the situation please contact our office at 510.838.2267. 

This global situation is changing daily, so please know we will continue to update our community as information becomes available from the CDC and state agencies. 

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me or any of our staff if we can be of assistance in any reasonable way.

Warmest regards to everyone in our communities; we’ll see you all soon.

Kelly D. Carlisle

Founder/Executive Director

Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project


Respecto a Covid-19

Estimadas familias del Campamento ANV y ANV Programa de Despues de Escuela (PDE),

Sé que tiene preguntas e inquietudes con respecto al Virus Corona (COVID-19) y cómo podría afectar nuestras operaciones actuales en Acta Non Verba- con nuestro Programa Después de la Escuela (PDE) y nuestras próximas sesiones de verano del Campamento ANV. Estamos siguiendo la guía de los Centros para el Control de Enfermedades (CDC) y la American Camp Association (ACA) para asegurar que estamos haciendo todo lo posible para apoyar los esfuerzos para frenar y detener la propagación de esta enfermedad.

Tenga en cuenta que hemos revisado y actualizado nuestras políticas y procedimientos en relación con nuestra atención médica, la limpieza de las oficinas/salones y el apoyo a las familias que tienen inquietudes.

Estamos comprometidos con nuestra atención continua de todo nuestro personal, estudiantes y campistas y continuaremos monitoreando la situación de cerca y siguiendo los consejos de nuestras agencias locales y nacionales con respecto a nuestra respuesta.

A partir de ahora, el programa de Despues de Escuela de ANV está suspendido hasta que las escuelas de OUSD vuelvan a abrir. Camp ANV planea abrir como de costumbre el 8 de junio de 2020.

Mientras tanto, nuestro personal se complace en ofrecer ayuda en línea y por teléfono para la tarea, lectura de cuentos en voz alta y actividades educativas por correo electrónico y sitios web a las familias semanalmente. Esa información se enviará por mensaje de texto directamente a las familias del campamento y ASP.

El Distrito Escolar Unificado de Oakland ha establecido una serie de sitios para desayunar y almorzar para llevar. Puede encontrar más información y ubicaciones AQUÍ.

Más información sobre el Coronavirus está disponible en Si tiene preguntas adicionales sobre la situación, comuníquese con nuestra oficina al 510.838.2267.

Esta situación global está cambiando diariamente, así que sepa que continuaremos actualizando nuestra comunidad a medida que los CDC y las agencias estatales dispongan de información.

No dude en comunicarse conmigo o con cualquiera de nuestro personal si podemos ayudarlo de manera razonable.

Un cordial saludo a todos en nuestras comunidades; los veremos a todos pronto!

Kelly D. Carlisle

Founder/Executive Director

Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project

1001 83rd Ave. Mailbox #1 Oakland, CA 94621

510-838-CAMP (2267) | 510-972-FARM (3276)


Email: [email protected]

Meet ANV’s 2019 Victory V. Lee Award for Excellence Awardees!

Please meet this years Victory V. Lee Award for Excellence Awardees!

These awards will be presented at ANV’s 2nd Annual Fall Silent Reading Benefit Party, “Rise Up!” on Saturday, November 16th from 6-9pm. Learn More and Get Your Tickets. 

Staff Member Of The Year:

Sarah Miller

Board Member Of The Year:

Jelissa Parham

Donor Of The Year:

Mary Ann Scheuer

Elected Official Of The Year:

Assemblymember Rob Bonta

Volunteer Of The Year:

Mr. Jesse Brooks

Foundation Of The Year:

Youth Outside

Organizational Partner Of The Year:

Cynthia Armstrong

Intern of the Year:

Julia Grullon

The Success of Grow Your Imagination 2018!

Here’s what happened that night:

“Loved it! It was fun and tasty and informative. I learned about a new author and got a chance to buy an autographed book! Thanks ANV!” -GYI Attendee

The evening began at the VIP gathering at Lungomare Restaurant in Jack London Square, featuring drinks and lite bites. Then a beautiful ferry ride over to San Francisco’s historic Ferry Building. Once there, host DeAngela Cooks of The Mosaic Collaborative helped to create a wonderful, fun, memorable night.

Deepest gratitude to our guest author Wayétu Moore, author of “She Would Be King”, who read a powerful excerpt from her book then signed copies for our guests! 

Congratulations to all of our Victory V. Lee Award for Excellence Awardees:

2018 Victory V. Lee Awardees

Executive Board Member Of The Year:
Bennie Patterson

Auxiliary Board Member Of The Year:
Jennifer Dix

Volunteer Of The Year:
Pauline Chiquet (Not pictured)

Staff Member Of The Year:
Ayano Jeffers-Fabro

Donor Of The Year:
Nancie Hughes

Foundation Of The Year:
Satterberg Foundation

Elected Official Of The Year:
Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley

Partner Of The Year:
Whole Foods

Appreciations to all of the staff and volunteers who made the night happen. Many thanks to Pete Rosos of 2812 Photography for the beautiful photographs of the night. Thank you to Victoria Russell for fabulous event planning.

Thanks also go out to the Oakland A’s, Whole Foods Oakland, Waste Management, Beneficial State Bank and all of our sponsors for supporting this incredible event!

…And Thank You to all of the supporters and guests that attended to help us continue our work in Oakland and beyond!

ANV’s 3rd Annual Community Field Trip is Happening on Saturday, 11/17 at Redwood Regional Park in Oakland!

Family Photos by Pete Rosos of 2812 Photography. All Rights Reserved.

Grab your spot! Join ANV for a fun day out at East Bay Regional Parks District’s  Redwood Regional Park! Just 20 minutes from Tassafaronga Recreation Center, you and your family will be treated to a naturalist led tour of this beautiful park!

See our video from ANV’s Community Field Trip 2017 to Ardenwood Regional Park!

Join ANV’s Staff and Board for a cookout and take home a family portrait from our favorite professional photographer, Pete Rosos of 2812 Photography! Children and families are welcome to participate in some of the field games and natural art projects that will be happening too!

Logistics: At 10:00am the bus departs Tassafaronga Recreation Center (975 85th Ave.) Upon arrival, family portraits will be taken by our professional photographer. Then, our Naturalist will greet and lead the group on an easy tour of the park for 30-45 mins. Then, LUNCH! The bus arrives back at ANV at 4:00 pm where families will receive their freshly printed holiday photos!

Transportation, snacks, hot drinks, lunch and professional photos provided!

RSVP by Friday Nov. 9th HERE:

Questions? Email [email protected] or call 510.878.7235 (tell us your name, # of adults and children in your party, any food restrictions, and your contact info).

What to Bring: Please wear comfortable closed-toe walking shoes, warm clothing (bring layers!), a rain coat (just in case!). Hat/beanie, sunglasses, and a water bottle recommended.

Sponsor Acta Non Verba’s “Grow Your Imagination” Silent Reading Party Benefit on 11/29/18!

Grow your Sponsorship!

Dear Community Partner,                 

Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project (ANV) – an East Oakland non-profit organization – was established in 2010 to empower youth to plan, plant, harvest and sell organically grown produce.  Uniquely, 100% of the proceeds are placed into savings accounts for their educational pathway.

Today, we are writing to invite you and your organization to participate as one of our major sponsors for our upcoming Silent Reading Party Benefit scheduled to take place on Thursday, November 29, 2018 from 6pm-9pm at the San Francisco Ferry Building in San Francisco, CA. Event proceeds will benefit our fall and winter programs.

The evening will be hosted by a very special guest and include a short reading, wine and heavy appetizers from the numerous delicious vendors at the Ferry Building. Awards will be presented to our new Victory V. Lee Award for Excellence awardees.

Since 2010, ANV has supported over 3,500 local youth and their families. This year, ANV is excited to celebrate 8 years of successful outcomes.

Please find the event’s Sponsorship Package for an overview of partnership opportunities.  

Benefit highlights:

  • Social media, print, and/or email promotion to over 25,000 local residents
  • Banner space at the event
  • Reserved seating and/or VIP event tickets
  • Tax-deductible donation

For more information, please contact LaNiece Jones at [email protected] or our event consultant Victoria Russell at [email protected]

Your support will help us continue to achieve our goals, build community, and make East Oakland a safe, healthy, and equitable place to live and GROW!  We look forward to seeing you at this empowering community event.  Thank you for your continued and sustaining support.

Warmest Regards,

Kelly D. Carlisle

Founder/ Executive Director

About Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project (ANV)

ANV provides a space for local youth to:
  • Learn the business of sustainable agriculture,
  • Participate in fun activities that promote fitness,
  • Discover healthy cooking and nutrition,
  • Undertake interactive arts, science, and reading projects,
  • And develop financial literacy by depositing earnings from the harvest into bank accounts that can only be used by students for educational purposes.
Leaders In Training (LIT’s) at “The Farm” at the Oakland A’s Stadium!
Over the last Eight (8) years, Acta Non Verba has:
  • Served more than 3,500 youth through our seasonal Camps, After-School Program, Leaders In Training (LIT) Program, and community events;
  • Planted and harvested 22 garden beds at ANV Farm @Tassafaronga Park,
  • Designed and maintain a farm with 26 raised beds and 10 fruit trees at the Oakland Stadium in partnership with the Oakland Athletics,
  • The 1/ 8th acre WOW Farm in West Oakland is now a project of ANV with produce sold through our:
  • Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) business and local restaurants as well as provided free of charge to nearby low-income families through our food pantry;
  • Expanded from one Summer Camp ANV to four seasonal camps during each Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) holiday, providing a safe space for local youth to learn the business of sustainable agriculture, engage in activities that promote fitness, learn about healthy cooking and nutrition, complete arts, science, and reading projects, and get outside into nature;
  • Developing financial literacy and a pathway to success by depositing all earnings from the farm harvest into bank accounts for participating youth that can only be used by students for educational purposes.

Grow Your Sponsorship Today!

Lunchtime Fun at Camp ANV!

WOW Farm is Now a Project of Acta Non Verba!

Photos By Aaron De La Cerda and Kahlil Johnson All Rights Reserved.

What is Wow Farm?

Wow Farm has operated in West Oakland for nearly 20 years and is now a project of Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project!

At Wow Farm we employ organic and natural farming methods to grow more than 20 varieties of microgreens, 7 herb varieties and 10 types of fruit.

We grow quality produce year-around and utilize raised mounds, drip irrigation, integrated pest management, and regularly amend our soil with organic compost, a portion of which is produced on site.  We sell & deliver our produce directly to local restaurants and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) customers around in and around Oakland.

In addition to our After School Program, Camp ANV’s Leaders In Training (LIT’s) now have another space to learn sustainable agriculture and and microenterprise!

Learn more about our CSA HERE!

Photos By Aaron De La Cerda and Kahlil Johnson All Rights Reserved.