Deeds, Not Words
Carlisle decided she wanted to share her newfound passion for growing food with kids—and make a way for them to invest in their futures.
The phrase “acta non verba” is Latin and translates to “deeds, not words,” or as Carlisle’s kids would often say, “don’t talk about it, be about it.” And that’s just what she did.
Carlisle read up on how to start a nonprofit. “The first paragraph on the first page said, ‘Do you have an idea to improve your community? Tell everyone.’ And so I did,” she says. She eventually connected with someone who provided a quarter acre of land in the city, and within a year, Acta Non Verba’s first urban farm was a reality.
Acta Non Verba’s mission is to improve the quality of life for youth and their families, and today—10 years after its inception—it pursues that mission largely through two key programming areas: seasonal camps for kids and a community supported agriculture program.