Congratulate Our New Board Co-Chairs…And Apply to Join our Board

Khiaecia Key and Sarah Ting have leapt into action with Team ANV!

Just three weeks ago, these amazing women were voted in as Acta Non Verba’s Executive Board Co-Chairs. Last year, they joined the group of dedicated and talented individuals that make up ANV’s Advisory and Executive Boards. Today, they’re ready to help lead ANV to new heights.

We are recruiting for Executive Board members right NOW!

Click here for our Board Inquiry Package.

Click here for our Board applications.

Take a look and #TakeTheLeap with us! #EastOaklandRising!

ANV’S 2011-2015 In Review Report Is Here!

Dear ANV Supporter,

2015 was an AMAZING year! For a summary of our accomplishments to date, stop by our offices to pick up a copy of our newly published report, 2011-2015 in Review. You can also download the report here. This piece details the highlights of our growing organization, including:

  • Executive Director Kelly Carlisle honored by President Barack Obama, Assemblymember Rob Bonta, ABC 7, and the Super Bowl 50 Fund.
  • Awarded contract to install seven school and community farms across Alameda County in 2015-2016
  • Started accepting EBT payments for CSAs and produce with support from Phat Beets Produce
  • Started a local Food Pantry with partner Project Access in Tassafaronga Village
  • Hosted 30+ schools and non-profits to learn about farming and consulted on 20+ local gardens.

In 2016, ANV aims to further prove our commitment to our communities by providing all ages with opportunities to learn, grow, and be present as well as advocating for a more just and equitable food system, education system, and by instilling hope and excitement in the lives of our youth. We want to expand our camps to ensure more than 300 youth have access to enriching, healthy, safe, educational, and FUN activities during school breaks. But we can’t do all of this without YOUR SUPPORT!

So download our 2011-2015 In Review Report today, sign up for our newsletter, volunteer on the farm or at the camps, and donate and help us reach our campaign goal of $25,000! Together, we can grow a brighter future for youth and their families in East Oakland one tomato, book, and jumping jack at a time!

Entries Due August 1, 2015 for 2nd Annual Future Peace NOW Art Contest

ANV's 2nd Annual Art Contest!! Entries Due August 1st!

Acta Non Verba is looking for your masterpiece for our Second Annual Youth Art Contest: “Future Peace Now”!

The contest is open to Oakland Youth grades K-12. Youths are encouraged to create original artworks that speak to “What Brings Peace?” The artworks could be created individually or in a group, classroom, or community setting.

Prizes:

  • All submissions will be published on the Future Peace Now website.
  • Selected artworks will be featured in an art exhibition during the Black Farmers Conference October 16th – 18th.
  • 10 artworks will be recreated as street banners and hung on International Boulevard between 80th – 85th Avenue from September – November 2015.
  • The artist will also receive a family dinner provided by Acta Non Verba.

Submission are open to all 2D mediums including illustration, poetry, photography, graphic design, etc.

All submissions must include :

  • Title of Piece
  • Artist Name
  • Age
  • Grade
  • School / Community Organization / Church.

Artwork should be submitted digitally to [email protected]

Or mailed to:
Acta Non Verba
Attn: Art Contest
1001 83rd Avenue, Mailbox #1
Oakland, CA 94621

For questions please call 415-368-3769.

All entries must be submitted by August 1, 2015!

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).

ANV’s Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Is Open NOW!

Acta Non Verba’s Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) allows city residents to have direct access to high quality, fresh produce grown ultra locally by our Kid Farmers. When you become a member of a CSA, you’re purchasing a “share” of vegetables from a regional farmer.

Pick-Up

Weekly or bi-weekly, from June 17 until August 14, 2015, our farmers will deliver that share of produce to a convenient pick-up location at One Stop, 8400 International Boulevard, Oakland, CA 94621.
Our farmers can also deliver produce to your home for an additional fee.
ANV's Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) starts again on June 17, 2015!! Sign Up NOW!

Payment

CSA members pay for an entire season of produce upfront or on a week-to-week basis.

Shares usually include 5-7 types of vegetables, enough for a family of 2-4 people. Half shares for smaller households are available upon request.*

Click here to register for our CSA today!

*Adapted from http://www.justfood.org/csa

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!

Exhibitors

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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

RSVP here on Facebook.

Please feel free to share this call and event with your networks!

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Acta Non Verba Honored At The White House

President Obama Hosts Iftar Dinner at the White House

Last night, President Obama hosted his sixth Iftar dinner celebrating Ramadan at the White House, an annual tradition started by First Lady Hillary Clinton when she hosted a Ramadan Eid celebration dinner in 1996. Many consider President Thomas Jefferson to be the first President to host an Iftar dinner, as he hosted a sunset dinner to accommodate the fasts of an envoy from Tunisia over 200 years ago.

The Iftar is the meal after sunset that concludes the day of fasting during the month of Ramadan, a time to pray and reflect, to be reminded that we are equals in humanity, and to reaffirm commitments to helping the less fortunate, including those struggling from economic hardship and inequality.

Last night, guests were welcomed into the East Wing where a copy of the Quran owned by President Thomas Jefferson, one of the founding fathers of the United States, was on display from the Library of Congress. At sunset, guests gathered in the Grand Foyer to break their fast with a date following the traditional melodic Muslim call to prayer led by a local student from the University of Maryland. Then finally, after a 16-hour day of fasting since sunrise, guests gathered in the State Dining Room for a halal meal with the President.

Among attendees were members of the diplomatic corps, White House administration officials, U.S. Government staff, elected officials, and Muslim Americans who have been doing great work to strengthen the fabric and prosperity of our nation. This year’s Iftar celebrated Muslim Americans working tirelessly to fight income inequality by creating opportunities for access, whether through education, health, food security, or at-risk youth development.

Among those at the President’s table was Kelly Carlisle, a former member of the Navy who leads an urban farming program where at-risk children grow and sell fresh food to eat healthier and deposit the profits they earn into individual savings accounts to build toward a better future.

Aala Muhammed’s parents emigrated from Sudan and worked several jobs to send her to a good high school in Chicago, but her hopes of going to college faced financial challenges. With the help of a nonprofit that focuses on young people, she earned admissions to Yale University and now runs her own program to encourage girls of color to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education.

Also seated with the President was Muhammed Chaudhry, who runs a foundation that works with schools, parents, and local IT startups to better prepare students to embrace science and math and find creative ways to keep academic enrichment programs going for low-income students in the face of summer program budget cuts.

During his remarks, the President thanked the Muslim community for the contributions they’ve made to create opportunities for those who lack access. No matter our faith, race or gender, we are equals in humanity.

Tonight we reaffirm a simple truth.  Fundamental to the character of our country is our freedom of religion — the right to practice our faith as we choose, to change our faith if we choose, or to practice no faith at all and to do all this free from fear of.  All of us are deserving of an equal opportunity to thrive — no matter who we are, what we look like, what we believe, or how we pray.  And all of us have an obligation to do our part — to help others overcome barriers, to reverse the injustice of inequality and to help more of our fellow citizens share in the promise of America.

In Islam, there is a hadith that says God helps the servant as long as the servant helps his brother.  In other words, we’re summoned to serve and lift up one another, and that’s the lesson of several of our guests here tonight.

President Obama also wished Muslim Americans and Muslims all around the world a blessed Ramadan.

Read the President’s Ramadan statement here.

Click here to check out the White House Blog.