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Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project

The primary goal of Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project (ANV) is to create a safe and creative outdoor space for children, youth, and families in East Oakland, California, a poverty-stricken area whose residents have little access to fresh and affordable produce. We want to spread the good news about sustainable urban farming as a tool to improve the health of the community as well as to educate and empower it. In addition to operating the farm, ANV hosts cooking classes, monthly family dinners, and annual community celebrations, runs an 8-week summer camp, and much more. We are committed to holistic community revival—rejuvenating, reengaging, and reinvesting in all of East Oakland—literally from the ground up.

Founded in 2010, ANV occupies a quarter-acre of city parkland near the low-income Tassafaronga Village housing development. Here, children in grades K-8 plant, harvest, and sell a wide variety of produce, with 100% of proceeds going directly into individual savings accounts for students. In just over 3 years, ANV has literally and figuratively borne fruit, nourishing and nurturing residents in one of the nation’s most disadvantaged areas. See these testimonials from some of our neighbors:

--“It helps my family eat healthy by being able to have access to vegetables in my community. It motivated me to learn how to prepare greens as a side."

--“It saves me a trip to the grocery store and I don't have to buy anything at the liquor store on break, I can just pick some fruit."

--“Since I started eating healthy, meaning eating plenty of vegetables, ANV@Tassa has helped me a lot. My health is so much better now, I no longer take diabetes medication. My blood pressure is so good, my doctor is shocked.”

Where it's at:

1001 83rd Ave.
Oakland, CA 94621
United States

Garden type:

community garden

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Garden beneficiaries:

children and at-risk youth

Number of people reached:

1 500

What this project needs:

volunteer labor
fruit bushes
fruit trees
gardening books
irrigation system
garden cart

Project leaders:

Kelly Carlisle
Esther Goolsby

About us:

KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.  

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Kitchen Gardeners International
3 Powderhorn Drive,
Scarborough, ME, 04074, USA
(207) 956-0606