What Affirms YOU? The Nature of “The Work” & What WE Do!💜

Dear Loved Ones,

As an advocate for the well-being of ALL children, I invite you to join us in making a meaningful impact in the lives of young people across Oakland and beyond through your support of Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project.

Our motto, “Acta Non Verba,” translates to “Deeds, Not Words.” It embodies the spirit of our commitment to affirmative actions, justice, and equity for children in our community. We are reaching out to you, who share our passion for affirming the potential and future of every child.

Acta Non Verba is not just a farm; it’s a sanctuary where children are affirmed, cherished, and empowered. We believe in cultivating more than just vegetables; we cultivate hope, resilience, and a sense of belonging among our young participants.

This year, we launched our fundraising campaign, “THIS is an AFFIRMATIVE Action” and “Affirm This.” Our goal is to raise $100,000 by December 31st to continue uplifting the quality of life for young people in East and West Oakland and beyond. The funds will be instrumental in sustaining our programs, expanding our reach, and providing invaluable experiences for the children we serve.Why Your Support Matters:

This year has been a challenging one for everyone at Acta Non Verba… Myself included.

It has been through our love and affirmation for each other and community, that I truly believe that we have been able to survive and THRIVE at Acta Non Verba.

Something that you may not know about me is that I am an Auntie to three *unofficial* nephews, I-, N-, and  C-, all under the age of 5. One day recently, I- threw a ball and it went far afield; disappointed that the ball didn’t go where he wanted it to go, the younger brother says to the older brother: “That Happens Sometimes.” …and I was MOVED!  In acknowledging the challenges our children face, ANV believes in actively doing our part to create positive change in Oakland and beyond –regardless of internal missteps and outside factors.  



This spring, ANV absorped the legendary City Slicker Farm, its staff, programs and land. Although this was an enormous challenge, the very work we are doing in Oakland has reaffirmed my faith in community. Please acknowledge with me, each member of our Staff and Board of Directors who listened, held my hand, fed my heart, soul (and stomach) through it all.

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Staff made me laugh with stories of team-members attending the gym together or identifying UNIDENTIFIED Flying Objects or tales of our young-leaders learning, experiencing and accomplishing things that they never thought they’d even TRY…

I want to shout out our CSA and Camp Families! The stories of what you all are doing with the incredible BEETBOX CSA produce are inspiring and a lot of times, HILARIOUS! Tales of campers driving their adults to DISTRACTION by siging the camps songs over and over… YEAR-ROUND.

Or, being at the checkout counter at a pet store rocking some of ANV’s DOPE Swag and having the clerk exclaim: Acta Non Verba!! My niece goes there!! Or being at an airport in a different state (NOT rocking ANV swag) and having a TSA agent say: “Hi Ms Kelly! We miss Camp ANV!” AFFIRMS this work for me!!

My nephews also keep exclaiming to each other the sentiment to, “Do Your Work!” (which I needed broken down… because they’re BABIES, so what is “work”?? It turns out that this is a Montessori term that the boys have learned and we love it!) and we invite you to join us in doing the necessary work of affirming children, childhood, justice, and equity in Oakland and throughout the world.

Donate to Acta Non Verba Today! https://bit.ly/ANVKids2023

This summer, we had Taco Tuesday at camp, and our Camp Chef, in cahoots with the cooking class did the MOST!! Everything was PERFECT, smelled incredible, looked restaurant quality and I… Was powerless to stop myself. I… Got a few tacos… and as I was attempting to make a silent getaway with my savory prizes, I was waylaid by a camper I call: “Best Fren’” he just wanted to let me know that lunch that day was really great and that we should have tacos more often… and my stomach was rumbling and the wind was trying to blow the napkin off of my taco PLATTER, and I’m smiling and happy that he’s happy… Then the wind gives one final gust –and my secret was out. “Best Fren’” caught a glimpse of my taco smorgasbord and his eyes went round and he says:


“OH! You ALREADY KNOW! You got THREE TACOS! LOLOLOLOLOL!!” I have never felt more SEEN!!😂

I tell this story to illustrate the abundance and joy that Acta Non Verba fosters in the community. The affirmation that we are all people, there is more than enough to go around – (and tacos are GOOD)! The fact that we hire trained professionals, grow and purchase the highest quality ingredients for our meals, and put deep intention into planning every minute of each day that a young person is in the presence of ANV AFFIRMS our commitment to children in Oakland.

Those are ANV’s Deeds. This is how WE affirm that Black, Brown, Indigenous — ALL children world-wide deserve a safe, beautiful, abundant, delicious, nutritious childhood. Let’s do our work.   

How YOU can Affirm This:

Your generosity, affirmation, and hope make a significant difference in the lives of the children we serve across the city of Oakland and beyond. Together, let’s affirm a brighter future for the youth of East and West Oakland.

Thank you for your continued support of Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project and for your commitment to making a positive impact in the lives of young people and their families in Oakland.

With gratitude and affirmation,

Kelly D. Carlisle Founder/ Executive Director





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