Meet Visual Arts Specialist: Arturo Arechiga at Camp ANV!

Camp ANV will become Studio ANV when local artist Arturo Arechiga runs our Visual Arts Club this summer! Register your children Today!

Arturo Arechiga is graduate of the Academy of Art University, with a Bachelors in Animation and Visual effects.

Born and raised in East Oakland, Arturo never gave up on the possibility of being a visual artist, regardless of financial needs and environmental distractions.

Now he is a visual artist instructor in his home town hoping to inspire youth to appreciate their talents and to continue on to the next level of art.

Arturo is committed to being active in his community to push and expose those who are interested in art, young and old to explore all mediums of visual art.

Arturo also prefers to stay as traditional a possible when creating art, meaning the less amount of electronic technology involved in his creations the better.

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Meet Cooking Specialist: Chris Taylor at Camp ANV!

  Camp ANV will become Café ANV when Chef Chris Taylor returns to run our Cooking Club this summer! Register your child(ren) Now!

Chef Chris from Zella B. BooSer Catering is at Summer Camp ANV for the second year in a row!! 

Chef Christopher’s family has a long lineage of cooking soulful meals and he attributes his deep passion and inspiration of recipes to the many family holidays, cook outs and Sunday dinners;spending many summers and holidays with his Grandmother and Great Grandmother in the “Heart of Dixie”, Anniston, Alabama.

This year, Chef Chris is dedicated to ensuring your children learn not only how to cook simple but delicious recipes from our farm to their table, but also how nutrition plays a large part in how we feel throughout the day.

Your child will come home weekly and with a recipe the whole family will love and some of these tasty creations will be included in our Camp Yearbook!

Register your Children TODAY!

Meet Mixed Media Specialist: Gary (G-Biz) Bizer at Camp ANV!

Camp ANV will become Club ANV when G-Biz (Mr. Gary) is in the building! Register Your Children Today!

Teaching Photography, Videography, DJ-ing and Podcasting, 2017 marks Gary’s 2nd Year at Camp ANV!

Register your children today! 

Gary Bizer is an Oakland resident who is excited about working with Oakland youth and developing their media skills in DJing, photography, videography, and audio production. He is also an On-Air Personality with iHeart Radio here in the Bay Area. You can hear him on 106 KMEL’s “Sana G Morning Show” & also the historic community justice show “Street Soldiers”. Gary attended San Jose State University where he obtained a media degree in Radio, Television, Film and Theatre & a minor in Journalism. He began working with youth and non-profit organizations in the fall of 2009.

Gary started his career teaching audio production and video production in San Francisco’s Visitacion Valley district. Since, he has taught media technology on every level of K-12 academics. Gary created G Tone Media Productions in 2013 as a way to film & direct his own comedy scripts. Since then G Tone Media has branched out to media instruction for youth. They have trained youth within the San Francisco Unified School District in numerous facets of media. He is excited about beginning his work with our youth and looks forward to building fruitful and lasting relationships with our families here at ANV.

Camp ANV Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s):

Is There an Income Requirement/Maximum? Nope! Camp ANV accepts kids from any and all income levels! If cost is an issue, please email us about a Campership.

Can a Child Attend for Just One Week? Yes! But, your child must attend 4 weeks (in total) of camp in order to qualify for our partnership with US Bank and open an Individual Development Account.

What is your Camper/ Staff Ratio? We have at least 1 staff person for every 8 campers.

What ages are eligible to attend? All of our camps are available for kindergarten through eighth-grade campers. Our youngest participants must be currently enrolled in a kindergarten class or transitional kindergarten program. If you register a camper who is ineligible to participate, your registration will be cancelled.

Are the Campers Separated by Age? Yes! However, because the age of our campers changes dramatically each season, we divide the youth into even groups to be able to move them easily through the camp clubs.

When Does the Overnight Camping Trip Happen? Typically we go camping the last two weeks of each session of summer camp!

Is the Camp Staff Trained in First Aid and CPR? Yes! Everyone from our Counselors and Specialists to our Counselors-In-Training (CIT’s) and any consistent volunteers!

How do I register my child for camp? You can sign up for Camp ANV online, using our registration links. Registration is easy, and now you can register your child for multiple programs conveniently. Payment by credit card is required. Visa, Mastercard, and Discover are accepted.

When does registration open?

  • Thanksgiving Break HoliDay Camp Registration is OPEN!
  • Winter Break HoliDay Camp Registration is CLOSED!
  • Spring Break Mini-Camp CLOSED!
  • Summer Camp ANV OPEN!

My child requires assistance. May I accompany my child to camp? Classes are designed for children to participate independently; however, parents are allowed to stay with their children. If your child has diagnosed special needs and is unable to participate without an aide, please contact us to discuss accommodations. You can reach us at (510) 838-CAMP(2267) or email our Camp Director, Nataly Ortiz.

Are Parents Allowed to Visit Camp? ABSOLUTELY!! We welcome family visits, helpers and chaperones at any time, on any day! 

I have questions about registration. Who do I contact? Please call us at (510) 838-CAMP(2267) or email our Camp Director, Nataly Ortiz at [email protected].

My child wants to attend camp with a friend. Will they be in the same group? Each camper may request friends to attend camp with them during the registration process. Special friends must register for the same session dates and the same program, and both children must request each other. We will do our best to place special friends in the same group, but please know we will encourage participants to make new friends and to ensure campers who come without a special friend feel included.

May I transfer my child from one camp session to another? If you contact us more than 8 business days before your child’s camp session begins—and space is available in the desired session—there is no fee or penalty for transferring from one session to another. We are unable to make transfers within eight days of a camp session. Call (510) 838-CAMP(2267)  or email our Camp Director, Nataly Ortiz to request a transfer.

Note: If you register for a new session online before you cancel your original registration, the standard cancellation fees apply.

How do I register my child for extended care? You can sign up and pay for extended care when you register for Camp ANV. Each service is $25/week/child. If you wish to enroll in both, it will cost $50/week/child

How many children can you accommodate? Our Fall, Winter HoliDay, and Spring Break Camps can accommodate a maximum of 50 campers before, during and after camp. Regrettably, if all spaces are booked, we cannot accommodate additions. During our Summer Camps, we can accommodate a maximum of 60 campers.

How do I drop off my child for camp? Tassafaronga Recreation Center has a small parking lot. Drop offs are done through a drive-through procedure and there is generally plenty of parking available when you come inside to sign out and pick your child up!

Are any portion of camp fees refundable? Cancel 10 business days or more before the first day of your child’s camp session, and receive a refund equal to 90% of the total balance. Cancel 7 to 10 business days before the first day of your child’s camp session, and receive a refund equal to 50% of the total balance. A cancellation made less than 7 business days before the first day of your child’s camp session, is not eligible for a refundIf you take advantage of our two-payment plan, the percentages above apply to your total camp fees, not the deposit paid.

Are refunds available for absences? No refunds are issued due to camper absences, including absences due to illness.

May I transfer my child’s registration to another party? Registrations are non transferable.

Is camp canceled when weather is bad? No, camps are conducted rain or shine unless notified otherwise.

How can I learn more about camp details, including what my child should bring Please download our Parent Manual.

How do you select your instructors? We’ve carefully selected the most qualified and well-respected instructors and counselors! Every staff member is personable, patient and fun! For added peace of mind, all of our staff are required to pass a thorough background check.

What is the Showcase program and how can I be included? Camp ANV’s Showcases are a fun, casual way to meet and play with other other campers and families. All Showcases are free for our campers and families.

How will my child be assigned a group? Camp ANV divides our campers into groups depending on their age. Depending on how many youth participants we have, they may be assigned to one of two or three groups based on how many campers we have of similar ages.

Does Camp ANV have an immunization policy? Yes! Read our policy here.

Download our Camp ANV Parent Manual

Find out more about our camps and other programs at WWW.ANVFARM.ORG

KQED Feature – Educating & Uplifting East Oakland Kids

By: Shelby Pope

It started with a lemon tree. Kelly Carlisle didn’t grow up gardening. She didn’t have a windowsill herb garden. She knew about farming, of course, but in her mind there was a disconnect: food just sort of showed up at the grocery store. She worked a corporate job, wearing fancy clothes and heels to work. But she had gotten laid off during the recession, and one day a few years ago, she ended up at a Bay Area nursery with her daughter. They bought a lemon tree, and as it slowly started to flourish, so did Carlisle’s interest in gardening.

Read The Full Article Here!

Parents: Registration is now OPEN for Camp ANV 2017!!

Camp ANV: Spring And Summer 2017 Registration Now Open!!

A Safe, Clean, EDUCATIONAL place to GROW! AND a TON of FUN!

Spring Break Mini-Camp:
April 3-7, 2017 from 8am-5pm*

Summer Camp ANV:
Session 1- June 19- July 14, 2017 Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm* (closed on the 4th of July)
Session 2- July 24- August 18, 2017 Mon-Fri 8am-5pm*

Located at Tassafaronga Recreation Center: 975 85th Ave. Oakland, CA 94621

Kick Off the fun of summer starting with our Spring Break Mini-Camp! Gardening, Swimming, Cooking, Fantastic Field Trips!! PLUS, Earn $$$**!!. All field trip costs, transportation and meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Snacks) included!

Register for Spring and Summer HERE then, Share The Love! Tell your Friends and Family about this AMAZING Camp!!

**Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project is planned, planted and harvested and sold by youth grades K-8 and 100% of proceeds are placed into individual savings accounts for those who participate.

*Before and After Care available for an additional $25/week (7:30am-6:00pm)

QUESTIONS? 510.878.7235

Harvesting for Cooking Club at Camp ANV!

ANV honored by James Beard Foundation in 2016 Good Food Org Guide


Acta Non Verba’s work was recently honored in the 2016 Good Food Org Guide by the James Beard Foundation and Food Tank. The vision and objective of this guide is to focus attention on nonprofit organizations who are working in fields, kitchens, classrooms, laboratories, businesses, town halls, and Congress to create a better food system. ANV founder Kelly Carlisle shares, “It feels wonderful to be listed with other amazing organizations doing good food work! We know it takes a village to address the problems of our food system, so we are proud and humbled by all the work and passion these organizations bring to the table every day.” See more as reported by the East Bay Times.

Guest Bartending Holiday Party Fundraiser


Thank you all for coming out and supporting us on Nov. 18 – you all donated $802 to help support Acta Non Verba. We greatly appreciate your generosity!

Please join Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project for a FUN Holiday Party and celebration of 5 Years of ANV at Spats Bar in Berkeley. Buy their delicious food and drinks and ALL TIPS are gifted to ANV to reach our year end goal of $20,000 to help low-income kids in Oakland access nature, learn to farm, maintain academic skills, and start saving for college.

Friday, November 18th 6-9pm. Can’t attend? Make a donation here:

Spats/Tonic Nightlife Group will be donating ALL Bar tips from 6-9PM to support Acta Non Verba so please TIP BIG to our guest bartenders, including Founder/Executive Kelly Carlisle!

21+ event. Free entry. Food and Drink purchases not included with entry.

Our new food pantry partner: Mandela Marketplace!

We’re very excited to announce that Mandela Marketplace will be supporting the Tassafaronga food pantry! Starting July 15th, the pantry will be featuring fresh produce and pantry foods from their food distribution network. Thanks Mandela!

Mandela MarketPlace is a non-profit organization that works in partnership with local residents, family farmers, and community-based businesses to improve health, create wealth, and build assets through cooperative food enterprises in low income communities.