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 [email protected] 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!

ANV Director to Speak at Historic #BlackLivesMatter Event

This weekend, our own Kelly Carlisle, Executive Director of Acta Non Verba, will join hundreds of Black freedom fighters convening from around the country at the inaugural Movement for Black Lives Convening in Cleveland, Ohio. Ms. Kelly will host a workshop at the event titled “Farming = Healing: How Farming Saved My Life and Made Me Aware of My Blackness.”

This historic event comes at a pivotal time for the growing movement for Black lives in the United States. Black people are facing unabated police violence, increasing criminalization, a failed economic system, a broken education system and the loss of our communities to gentrification and development.

How Farming Deepens Activism—and Saves Lives

Ms. Kelly’s workshop, titled “Farming = Healing: How Farming Saved My Life & Made Me Aware of My Blackness,” will illustrate the many ways that farming—growing food, flowers, herbs and ornamentals—can transform lives.

The workshop will explore the struggles and triumphs of ordinary people who have found redemption in the soil—whose hands are both dirty and clean—and who can find peace in the process of growing and nurturing plants.

‘Non-agrarian’ participants will gain insight into how farming actually helps individuals navigate the seemingly endless stream of hateful acts perpetrated against Black people, deepens activism, and renews feelings of hope, purpose, and joy.

“I see parallels between how we farm and how we resist racism in our society,” Ms. Kelly reveals. “Farming made me a better mother, and a better activist. Farming has heightened my awareness of blackness in various spaces as a Black, Woman, Urban Farmer, and Military Veteran.”

Convergence Heralds the Vitality of the Movement

Many have taken to the streets in response to this ongoing state of emergency. During the past year, Black people from across the country have led a wave of resistance that has spread around the world. A new crop of freedom fighters has emerged and urgent desire for Black victory has been rekindled in the hearts of seasoned activists.

Now, after months of intense action, Black people need space to begin the creation of a collective mission that matches the intensity, scale, urgency, and promise of the moment. This convening presents an opportunity to reflect on our histories of struggle, build a sense of fellowship that transcends geographical boundaries, and begin to heal from the many traumas we face. Whether through topical trainings, engaging conversations or just kicking back with each other— we will strengthen a budding community that is diverse in voices, origin, perspective and strategy.

Open, and created by many voices, The Movement for Black Lives Convening will be a space to realize that promise fully on our terms as Black people. We invite all Black people invested in this movement to join the convening to shape our present and chart our future.

ANV’s Kelly Carlisle Named “Vet of the Year”

When: Tuesday, July 28, 2015, 6PM-8PM
Where: Linden Street Brewery, Oakland, CA
In cooperation with a local literacy organization, please bring a new or gently used book for children.

RSVP to celebrate with us at the State of the 18th Assembly District Address and Awards Celebration!

Each year California Assemblymember Rob Bonta selects one exemplary veteran to honor as Veteran of the Year for the 18th Assembly District. This year, that honor went to Acta Non Verba’s own Kelly Carlisle.

You’re invited to celebrate at the District Address and Awards Celebration on Tuesday, July 28, 2015, from 6-8pm at the Linden Street Brewery in Oakland. This event is free but space is limited! Please call 510.286.1670 or register here to RSVP!

At last week’s ceremony in the state capitol, Kelly Carlisle was recognized for her service to the armed forces and the residents of District 18. Assemblymember Rob Bonta noted her admirable accomplishments as a leader in her community, state, and nation.

KellyOnDeck“It was an honor today to recognize Kelly Carlisle as the Veteran of the Year for the 18th Assembly District,” said Bonta, “Kelly continues her service to her country and community as the Founder and Executive Director of Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project, whose mission is to elevate life in the inner city by challenging oppressive dynamics and environments through urban farming. Thank you for your service and leadership, Kelly!”

Join us on Tuesday, July 28 as we celebrate this prestigious honor.

You knew Ms. Kelly is awesome as ANV’s executive director,  but did you know she’s also handy on the deck of an aircraft carrier?

Visit our donation page to contribute to Acta Non Verba’s work!

Volunteer and sponsorship opportunities are available. For more event information please contact ANV at [email protected] or 510.972.3276 (FARM).

The 2015 National Black Farmers and Urban Gardeners Conference

When: October 15 -18, 2015
Where: Laney College, 900 Fallon Street, Oakland, CA

What can present-day Black and Brown farmers and urban gardeners take from the lessons of our elders? And how can these lessons provide inspiration and know-how for future generations?

National Black Farmers and Urban Gardeners Conference coming to Oakland! attendees explored issues of race, class, commerce, health, nutrition and growing and production techniques through panel discussions, workshops, cultural presentations and action plans.

Resources were exchanged. Ideas were pollinated. And Solutions were born.

Click here to access 2015 Workshop Proposal Guidelines.

You can also click here for the Guidelines and web form submission.

The Chef and The Revolutionary!

ANV’s 1st Annual Summer Mixer & Farm Benefit

When: June 14th, 2015
Where: Kingston 11, 2270 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94612
Tickets: $50 Early Bird Admission

Farm Benefit- Mixer

On June 14th, 2015, ANV will host its 1st Annual Summer Mixer & Farm Benefit at Kingston 11 in Oakland! The event will feature a 5 course dinner by chef to the stars, Tarik Abdullah, and special guest Elaine Brown, former chairwoman of the Black Panther Party. There will also be live music, wine, and a silent auction. All proceeds will benefit Campership at Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project!

About Acta Non Verba’s Campership

A Campership is a scholarship for Acta Non Verba’s camp! ANV offers a camp during the summer that provides fun, hands-on health education that inspires campers to explore nature and find empowerment through outdoor education. During our 8-week summer camp, not only do we provide outdoor education on our quarter acre farm; we also take two overnight camping trips visiting local farms and regional parks! Since our founding in 2010, Camp ANV has inspired over 3,500 local, at-risk youth and families to focus on nutrition, sustainable living, and physical activities that promote wellness. Help us send more kids to camp buy purchasing an event ticket or donating!

About Our Special Guests

Tarik Abdullah is a Seattle based chef to the stars and TV Personality whose food is inspired by North African, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, and Caribbean flavors. A recent alum of ABC’s cooking competition show, “The Taste”, with celebrity chef judges Marcus Samuelsson, Nigella Lawson and Ludo Lefebvre, he was mentored by show creator Anthony Bourdain, helping him get to the competition’s semi-finals. He is the host of five upcoming episodes of Vice Network’s series “Munchies”. When he is not throwing his wildly popular pop-up brunch, Morning Star Café, on Seattle’s southside, he holds culinary skills workshops for children ages 7-14. He will be traveling to Morocco in May to cull menu inspiration, taste wines and buy spices for the event.

A former Black Panther Party chairman, Elaine Brown has been committed to and organized significant efforts towards effecting progressive change in the United States, for the last four decades. She has founded four organizations, authored four books (two to be published this year), and released two vocal music albums. She is currently organizing a re-entry project in California’s Alameda County for formerly incarcerated youth, focused on developing cooperative business enterprises.

Celebrate ANV’s 3rd Annual Epic Oakland Food Day

When: Saturday, October 18, 2014, 12PM – 5PM
Where: Tassafaronga Recreation Center, 1001 83rd Avenue, Oakland, CA 94621
Tickets: Free!

Acta Non Verba and Oakland Parks and Recreation present our 3rd Annual EPIC Oakland FOOD Day on Saturday, October 18 from 12-5!

Preserve the harvest and have FUN doing it!

This free event will have music, kids activities and workshops showcasing different ways you can eat summer fresh produce all winter long!

Learn how you can use vegetables to make natural dyes for clothing, make jams and jellies and can them, how to make a super simple, delicious tomato sauce, and so much more! Plus, there are fun activities for kids!



We are looking for folks in the community who can CAN!

Do you know how tobBake breads or crackers? Dry fruits and veggies, ferment krauts, pickle peppers, smoke or salt meat, create healthful teas?

Click here to sign up so we can highlight your work at this event.


RSVP here on Facebook.

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3rd Annual “Spring Of Green” Open House and After Party

Open House and After Party

10353262_810887618930882_6418002253738549733_oWhen: Saturday, June 7th, until 4PM
Where: Tassafaronga Park, Oakland, CA

FUN for the Whole Family!! This FREE Community Event is not to be missed!

Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project presents an amazing line-up of guest speakers, gardening workshops and lots of great kid’s activities planned like Rock Climbing, Face Painting, Arts and Crafts, Cooking Demos and even a Bouncy House!

AND, After the SHOW, It’s the After Party…

Benefit Mixer for Acta Non Verba

When: Saturday, June 7th, 6-9pm
Where: 7631 MacArthur Boulevard, Oakland, CA 94605

The celebration won’’t end at 4 pm on June 7th. Come out and join the ANV Staff, Board Members and Supporters at the Spring of Green Mixer at the ANV Shared Office Space located at 7631 MacArthur Boulevard! Enjoy good eats, craft cocktails made with FRESH ingredients from our farm, and an awesome DJ, all while visiting our shared work space and networking with fellow farmers and friends of farmers! You don’t want to miss this! A donation of $50 gets you in and tickets can be purchased through EventBrite.