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 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.


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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.