The Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project (ANV) elevates life in the inner city by challenging oppressive dynamics and environments through urban farming.
Within the model of garden –as-classroom, children will be encouraged to actively engage in a variety of activities designed to deepen their understanding of food production and strengthen their ties to the larger community. As each child moves through the program not only will they have an opportunity to mentor others, the complexity of projects and tasks will increase to reflect their age and skill set. For example, an entering kindergartener may spend time weeding, planting, and exploring basic seasonal concepts, while a graduating teen may be partially responsible for building a greenhouse, or managing a produce stand. It is our philosophy that with each skill or concept mastered, the growing child is empowered to attempt the next, and that this process is necessary in order to excel at future endeavors, academically and otherwise.