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TASSAFARONGA VILLAGE

Acta Non Verba Youth Urban Farm Project


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Acta Non Verba means "Deeds, Not Words."

Sponsor a kid for Acta Non Verba Spring Break Day Camp! $50 covers the whole week. Learn more here. Donate here.

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Kelly Carlisle of ANV Farm is one of Sunset Magazine's 12 Favorite Things of March 2014!

Youth participants in ANV's Summer Program celebrate the first harvest of squash! Image: ANV Farm

Shortly after the opening of Tassafaronga Village, Acta Non Verba Youth Urban Farm Project put down roots in the adjacent Tassafaronga Park.

Farm founder Kelly Carlisle spent a portion of her formative years in East Oakland and recalls there not being safe places to play because the area was so dangerous. When she returned to Oakland (after a decorated stint in the Navy), she saw an opportunity presented by the new housing.

“People were nervous to leave their houses back in the day," says Kelly. "Now parents feel safe dropping off their kids in the garden, and we are building a sense of community and ownership here.”

 

 

Farm founder and executive director Kelly Carlisle with the farm's new pizza oven. Image: David Baker Architects

DBA hosted a Spring Equinox Happiest Hour in support of Acta Non Verba on March 22, 2013.

You can still donate to this great farm project here. 

The farm with Tassafaronga Village housing in the background. Residents often drop by to visit, help out and purchase fresh, pesticide-free produce. Image: Bruce Damonte

Acta Non Verba Farm at Tassafaronga, or ANV@Tassa, is now a growing urban farm that gives education, focus, and micro-enterprise opportunities to kids in the surrounding housing and creates an awesome gathering place with community work days, farm suppers, a farm stand, and a range of food- and health-related activities for the entire neighborhood. 

In a recent profile in the New York Times, architecture critic Michael Kimmelman called out the housing and the farm as a prime example of "the multiplier effect of good design"—that is, one good deed that creates opportunities for more.

The farm has structured programs for kids ages 5 to 17 and also welcomes participation from everyone in the community. Almost all of the kids who work and learn at the farm live in the adjacent Tassafaronga Village housing. In the summer, the kid farmers share in the bounty of the farm as well as in the proceeds from the weekly farm stand—funds go into bank accounts for their future education.

 

Tassafaronga Village residents Jayla, 10, and Roboam, 8, unload compost to replenish the farm's 22 raised beds. Image: ANV Farm

ANV featured in Oakland Local here.

ANV Farm stories in UC Berkeley's Oakland North News here.

Sign up for the ANV@Tassa Newsletter here.

See more about Tassafaronga Village here.

Ta'Jae, 8, presenting ANV's bountiful harvest of string beans. Image: ANV Farm

Tassafaronga community members and their children planted 105 garlic plants just before Thanksgiving last year. Image: ANV Farm

Register here for the Spring Equinox Happy Hour benefiting ANV@Tassa. Thanks for supporting the farm! See you March 22!

Alicia, a community member, volunteered a few hours at the farm and walked away with seedlings for her own backyard garden. Image: ANV Farm

Three-year-old Jo-Jo lives in Tassafaronga Village and loves to play hide-and-seek amongst the plants. Image: ANV Farm

"I'm James Gary, age 61. I've lived on 84th Ave for 32 years. The garden has been the best thing to happen around here. It brings people together that wouldn't come together otherwise. I'm retired and it gave me something to do and a way to meet and interact with my community."

Image: ANV Farm

The farm in July 2011 (left) and July 2012 (right). It was a big year! Image: ANV Farm

Kelly Carlisle of ANV Farm is one of Sunset Magazine's 12 Favorite Things of March 2014!

The farm in bloom, with the Tassafaronga Pasta Factory housing in the background. Image: Bruce Damonte

The farm with Tassafaronga Village housing in the background. Residents often drop by to visit, help out and purchase fresh, pesticide-free produce. Image: Bruce Damonte

Farm founder and executive director Kelly Carlisle with the farm's new pizza oven. Image: David Baker Architects

Youth participants in ANV's Summer Program celebrate the first harvest of squash! Image: ANV Farm

Alicia, a community member, volunteered a few hours at the farm and walked away with seedlings for her own backyard garden. Image: ANV Farm

Image: ANV Farm

Tassafaronga community members and their children planted 105 garlic plants just before Thanksgiving last year. Image: ANV Farm

Tassafaronga Village residents Jayla, 10, and Roboam, 8, unload compost to replenish the farm's 22 raised beds. Image: ANV Farm

Image: ANV Farm

Ta'Jae, 8, presenting ANV's bountiful harvest of string beans. Image: ANV Farm

Image: ANV Farm

Three-year-old Jo-Jo lives in Tassafaronga Village and loves to play hide-and-seek amongst the plants. Image: ANV Farm

The farm in July 2011 (left) and July 2012 (right). It was a big year! Image: ANV Farm

"I'm James Gary, age 61. I've lived on 84th Ave for 32 years. The garden has been the best thing to happen around here. It brings people together that wouldn't come together otherwise. I'm retired and it gave me something to do and a way to meet and interact with my community."