Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project (ANV) is an East Oakland based
nonprofit organization that 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
We invite you and your organization to participate as one
of our major sponsors for our upcoming 2nd Annual Silent Reading
Benefit Party, scheduled to take place on Saturday, November 16, 2019
from 6pm-9pm at the Lake Merritt Sailboat House in Oakland, CA. Event
proceeds will benefit our 2020 programs.
The evening will feature a New York Times Bestselling guest author and
include a short reading, wine, spirits and heavy appetizers. Awards will be
presented to our 2019 Victory V. Lee Award for Excellence awardees and, of
course silent reading.
Since 2010, ANV has supported over 4,000 local youth and their families.
This year, ANV is excited to celebrate 9 years of successful outcomes.
Sponsoring Benefit Highlights (depending on sponsorship level):
Social media, print, and/or email promotion to over 25,000 local
Your support will help us continue to achieve our goals, build community,
and make 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.
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) holidays, 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.
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.
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.
“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!
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!
Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project’s (ANV) Victory V. Lee Award for Excellence annually recognizes the current year’s “outstanding service to the community”, beginning in 2017. It is awarded to members of the ANV community who have gained the attention of the organizations staff and Board of Directors and who exemplify the values that ANV holds dear: Courage, Integrity and Commitment, as well as our creed: “Deeds, Not Words”.
The award is named for Ms. Victory V. Lee, an educator, community member and urban farmer. Founder of the Victory Garden Foundation in 2008, Ms. Lee’s commitment to urban agriculture has impacted thousands of individuals. From the elementary school gardens and urban farms that she started and maintained, to the annual Victory Garden Challenge for Community Resilience, which was created to “inform, inspire, and support people to ‘improve the quality of life in and around the garden.’”
Throughout ANV’s friendship and partnership with Ms. Victory, her passion for growing both plants and humans was evident.
She was always ready to lend a hand, give advice and share resources with anyone willing to ask and the share those same qualities and resources on to the next individual and organization who asked.
For this reason, Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project is proud to name it’s highest award the Victory V. Lee Award for Excellence with permission from her son, Sean Higgins.
All who receive this award have shown their commitment to equity, hard work and love of community.
2018 Acta Non Verba Victory V. Lee Awardees Of The Year:
Executive Board Member Of The Year:
Auxiliary Board Member Of The Year:
Volunteer Of The Year:
StaffMember Of The Year:
Donor Of The Year:
Foundation Of The Year:
Elected Official Of The Year:
Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley
Partner Of The Year:
These awards will be presented at ANV’s Fall Silent Reading Benefit, “Grow Your Imagination” on Thursday, November 29th from 6-9pm. Learn More and Get Your Tickets.