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.