Join us in celebrating Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project’s 2nd Annual Silent Reading Benefit Party, hosted by world renown MC & Poet, Ms. Ryan Nicole! PLUS!! Meet our New York Times best selling guest author, Justina Ireland!
Bring your favorite book to the gorgeous Lake Merritt Sailboat House (568 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland) the evening of Saturday, November 16th, from 6pm – 8pm.
Drink wine & spirits, eat delicious locally-sourced food. Bid on goodies, provided by local business and partners, at our Silent Auction! Support the work of Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project and meet our other special guests and ANV’s Victory V. Lee Award for Excellence awardees!
Early Bird tickets are on sale until October 7. Limited amount available so be sure to get yours ASAP!
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
For more information, please contact Kelly Carlisle at email@example.com or
our Board Chair, Jelissa Parham at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
“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.
Join Acta Non Verba’s Staff at their 1st ever “Deeds & Words” Fundraiser at our favorite spot, 44 Restaurant, Bar & Lounge in Berkeley!
On Thursday, December 14th, 6pm-10pm ANV’s Staff will be hosting a celebration of our collective “Good Deeds” and the “Good Words” that inspire us to keep our good work moving forward.
Our friends at 44 will be donating 20% of the proceeds from any dinner ordered that evening and have even created a Signature Cocktail called: “The Good Deed” that ANV will receive a port of the proceeds from!
As a special part of our celebration, Staff has gathered poems and excepts from books, articles and short stories that have inspired many conversations in the office, on the farm and that we’d love to share with you.
Come gather for a celebration of Acta Non Verba’s work and leave full, happy and inspired!
ANV’s 2nd Annual Community Field Trip was a HUGE success! More than 50 community members joined our board members, staff and volunteers for a beautiful day at East Bay Regional Park District’s Ardenwood Historic Farm! We took family portraits with the amazingly talented Pete Rosos of 2812 Photography, had a bbq, took tours and made art at the farm!
A wonderful time was had by all! We can’t wait to do it again in 2018!
Please do not use these photos without the express permission of Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project.
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)
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.