Urban Farm Tour of Acta Non Verba

APA California Chapter, Northern Section


Saturday, October 7, 2017
2 p.m. - 4 p.m. PDT

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The event is a 2-hour tour of Acta Non Verba Youth Urban Farm that offers a professional opportunity to learn about needs and challenges of operating urban farms.


Acta Non Verba Youth Urban Farm is located on a quarter acre of land leased from Oakland's Parks & Recreation Department in Tassafaronga Park. Since 2010, Acta Non Verba has provided safe space, healthy food, a CSA as well as educational, child care, summer camps opportunities.


Acta Non Verba Youth Urban Farm Project (ANV) elevates life in the inner-city by challenging oppressive dynamics and environments through urban farming. Founded and led mainly by women of color from the surrounding neighborhood and larger community, ANV creates a safe and creative outdoor space for children, youth, and families in East Oakland, CA. Within this severely economically depressed neighborhood in the nation’s second most dangerous city, ANV engages and deepens their understanding of nutrition, food production, and healthy living as well as strengthens their ties to the community.


Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project offers vital services in education, child care, economic empowerment, and access to green, safe spaces and healthy food to a community sorely lacking in these areas. The camp serves low-income African-American and Latino children in a community where local schools, Acorn-Woodland and Encompass, report that 99% of their students qualify for free and reduced school lunches. Only 60% of residents in the zip code are high school graduates or higher; only 7% have a Bachelor’s degree or higher.


This densely populated urban area suffers from pollution, urban blight, and high crime rates. Many residents fear allowing their children to play outside, resulting in severed ties between children and the natural world and a significant reduction in exercise. Only 17% of Latinos and African Americans in our county consume the recommended daily allowance of fruits and vegetables, in part due to lack of access. Our neighborhood is a USDA-defined ‘Food Desert’, with only 2 grocery stores within 3 miles providing limited fresh produce. Recent studies, like a 2007 Stanford University study, show that, with extensive exposure to poverty, violence, and institutionalized marginalization, “urban youth are twice as likely as soldiers returning from Iraq to have PTSD.…compared with children who suffered no adverse childhood experiences, those who experienced four or more had a 220% increase in heart disease, a 160% increase in diabetes and were 1,220% more likely to attempt suicide.”



The tour is sponsored by the Diversity Committee, APA California Chapter, Northern Section. 


Kelly Carlisle

Kelly Carlisle, Founder and Executive Director of Acta Non Verba, is a veteran of the United States Navy and has been the recipient of many awards, including the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. She is an avid gardener and is an Alameda County Master Gardener Trainee. She is an ... Read More

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