Oakland urban farm honored for work with children
Checking out some kale at the Acta Non Verba farm are from left, farm manager Kana Azhari, farm assistant Yesica Martinez, student Thomas, student Raquita and educator Katina Castillo. (Photo by Pete Rosos)
Acta Non Verba among groups recognized by James Beard Foundation
By Aziza Jackson
East Bay Times
December 2, 2016
Tucked away in a corner of an East Oakland park, a farm nurtures children as they work together to grow food, with any profits set aside for their future education.
Acta Non Verba, Latin for Deeds Not Words, is one of 46 California food-centered organizations recognized by James Beard Foundation for their community work.
Acta Non Verba has served 3,000 children since its founding in 2011. The children ages 5 to 13 plan, plant, grow, harvest and sell food for a Community Supported Agriculture program.
The farm also holds seasonal camps, field trips, after-school programs, and health and wellness classes. Children are shown how to prepare the vegetables and take home some to share with their families.
“I wanted to create a program where the kids have a say. I was looking for a way for children to invest in themselves, to create a trust for themselves,” said Kelly Carlisle, executive director of Acta Non Verba.