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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ANV’s Victory V. Lee Award for Excellence

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”.

Victory V. Lee was born on September 7, 1949 and passed away on Thursday, February 4, 2016.

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:
Bennie Patterson
Auxiliary Board Member Of The Year:
Jennifer Dix
Volunteer Of The Year:
Pauline Chiquet
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
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. 

Deeds & Words Fundraiser

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!

Can’t Make It? No Problem! Please help ANV’s staff meet it’s goal of $2,000 by Dec 31 by donating to our staff page:!


Community Field Trip 2017 – Ardenwood Farm

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.

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!

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.

We got A’s Tickets Fri July 1 for Camp ANV Families – RSVP ASAP!

Go to an Oakland A’s Game and Meet A Player this Friday July 1

Camp ANV has tickets for families to meet the Oakland A’s this Friday, July 1st at 4PM. Meet a A’s player, have a personal escort to the field for warm up and receive a hat and t-shirt!

Tickets are limited, RSVP to for yours today!

Here is the schedule:

4:00 PM – Camp ANV youth and families arrive at STH entrance (wristband, cap, ticket distribution)

4:30 PM –  Our group is escorted onto field for Batting Practice viewing

5:15 PM (time tentative) – Meet and greet with player/alum/front office member

5:45 PM – Group escorted off field and into stands for game

7:05 PM – Play Ball!

Special thanks to U.S. Bank and Project Access for this AMAZING opportunity!

Tip BIG for Summer Camp ANV on June 23

Summer is here, which means its time for Camp…and also delicious summer cocktails.

fresh mojito on a rustic table

Please join Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project for a FUN evening of drinks and food as we guest bartend to support Camp ANV on June 23 from 6-9PM at Spats at 1974 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, California 94704. Help us reach our summer fundraising goal of $15,000 to help low-income kids in Oakland access nature, learn to farm, maintain academic skills, and start saving for college.

RSVP on our Facebook event page (entry is free, all tips go to Acta Non Verba). Can’t attend? Make a donation here!

Spats/Tonic Nightlife Group will be donating ALL Bar tips on June 23 from 6-9PM to support Acta Non Verba so please TIP BIG to our guest bartenders, including Founder/Executive Kelly Carlisle!

Background on Camp ANV:
You support will ensure enriching programming for low-income youth during the crucial summer school break when many parents can’t afford camps or summer learning programs and are forced to leave children home alone. According to the New York Times, “most kids lose math skills over the summer, but low income children also lose, on average, more than two months of reading skills — and they don’t gain them back. That puts them nearly three years behind higher income peers by the end of fifth grade, and the gap just keeps getting wider. Researchers credit the summer slide for about half of the overall difference in academic achievement between lower and higher income students.”

Our Summer Camp ANV provides a safe, nurturing, and fun learning environment so kids can maintain academic skills, get experience in the outdoors, learn to farm, and start saving toward college.

No child is turned away for lack of funds. We charge a sliding scale so all can attend. Other camps in the East Bay charge more than $1,300 per youth per week. Our camp only costs $1,400 per youth for 8 full weeks, including daily, healthy meals cooked on site, and, over the past four years, we secured funding, in-kind donations, and unique volunteer opportunities to provide Summer Camp ANV at low or no cost to our working families.

We open savings accounts for the kids. Because children with savings accounts are six times more likely to go to college, according to Washington University in St. Louis, we help our participants start building assets and empower them to chart a better educational future, as all profits from camp sales are deposited into individual savings accounts that can only be used for educational purposes

Kids approach nature with new eyes at Camp ANV through activities like African drumming, photography, growing culturally-specific produce on the farm, and Talking Sticks, an African-American rhythmic art form, led by local, expert men and women of color who inspire our kids to pursue new career paths.

And there is so much more! We hope you will come out to support Camp ANV and Acta Non Verba. Click here to learn more.

ANV Featured at 2015 Farm To Fork SF Expo!

When: Saturday, August 29, 2015, 2PM to 6PM
Where: The Village San Francisco, 969 Market Street, San Francisco, CA

Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project will be a featured exhibitor at this weekend’s free Farm To Fork Expo in San Francisco, CA. Enjoy culinary, intellectual, and musical treats and show your support for ANV!

Presented by The Village Impacts, the new nonprofit arm of The Village, Farm To Fork SF is gathering advocates and lovers of food in an effort to raise awareness around sustainability issues. The event will showcase the best farms, artisan food producers, breweries, cideries, distilleries and wineries in the Bay Area. Executive Director Kelly Carlisle will join a panel discussion of thought-leaders in the field of food justice. Buy your tickets and use code F2FSF for 30% off your ticket)!

To cap off the event, Farm To Fork SF will host a VIP Afterparty featuring a DJ set by the legendary Erykah Badu AKA Lo Down Loretta Brown, a musical performance by of the influential hip hop group, Dead Prez, thirst-quenching drink specials, and more! Click here to buy tickets to the VIP afterparty.

Click here to visit the Farm To Fork website!