Friday, April 6, 2018

Feel Good Friday - Acta Non Verba

I'm back home in Oakland and focusing on a local organization for this Feel Good Friday post - Acta Non Verba (ANV).

Acta Non Verba is Latin for "deeds not words" - thanks internet! We're also going to turn to the internet and ANV's website for an explanation of what they do:

"Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project (ANV) elevates life in the inner city by challenging oppressive dynamics and environments through urban farming. ANV's quarter acre farm located in the City of  Oakland's Tassafaronga Park is planned, planted, harvested and sold by youth in grades K-8. One hundred percent of the proceeds are placed into individual savings accounts for those who participate."

ANV was founded by Navy veteran and Master Gardner Kelly Carlisle in 2011 because she wanted to teach the youth of Oakland about nutrition, food and themselves.

The flagship program is Camp ANV, an 8-week summer camp that teaches youth about sustainable agriculture, healthy cooking and nutrition, and financial literacy since all earnings from the harvest are deposited into bank accounts that can only be used for educational purposes! Watch this short video to see the impact Camp ANV had on a boy named Geo.

Spring minicamp is currently underway but it's not too late to register for one of the camps being held this summer. Other programs include field trips to the farm, community events, an after school program and a food panty.

The program I'm most excited about is Community Supported Agriculture. If you live in the East Bay you can sign up for a weekly delivery of fresh fruits and vegetables for only $25/week. 100% of proceeds go into individual savings accounts for ANV youth. Learn more and sign up here.

Regardless of where you live you can support the work of Acta Non Verba by becoming a friend of the farmvolunteering your time and spreading the word on social media by liking their Facebook page and following them on Twitter @anv_youth_farm. Is anyone else hungry now or is that just me?

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