Foundation Documents 2018-2019 CFA Annual Report | Page 2

A Message from the Director The important work of the Colorado Foundation for Agriculture continues to be to advance agricultural literacy in prekindergarten through 12th grade students through the Colorado Agriculture in the Classroom® program. Today’s youth have many misconceptions about agriculture – such as brown cows make chocolate milk, that farming is an antiquated practice, and that food comes from the grocery store, among other misconceptions. It is through our programs and resources that we are able to help dispel these myths and connect educators and students to their food, fiber, fuel, and natural resources. Our partnerships with industry stakeholders are critical to our success. We strive to expand our programs and work with new partners to further enhance our mission. ~ Sincerely, Jennifer Scharpe, CFA Executive Director Colorado Literacy Project Financial Strategy and Management The Colorado Foundation for Agriculture derives its funding from corporate and organizational sponsorships, individual donations, and grants to facilitate its Agriculture in the Classroom® programs. From August 1, 2018 to July 31, 2019, more than $196,000 was raised, exceeding budget expectations. The sponsorships, donations, and grants CFA receives throughout the year directly support the organization’s programming and operation, allowing it to work toward its vision of increasing agricultural literacy. 2018-2019 Support by Program Summer AgriCULTURE Institutes $36,010 Activity Books $33,519 CD Interest $759 General Donations $28,270 Colorado Literacy Project $4,346 2018-2019 Colorado Reader Topics Each issue reaches 60,000 students in 800 schools. Of the 1,800 classrooms receiving the Colorado Reader, the top five counties are El Paso, Weld, Larimer, Adams, and Arapahoe. • • • • • Careers in Agriculture Reducing Food Waste Renewable Energy The Story of Colorado Beef Colorado Watersheds Adopt-A- Classroom $17,350 Colorado Reader Topic Sponsors $76,363 The 2019 book for the Colorado Literacy Project was John Deere, That’s Who! During the spring, volunteers visited about 250 classrooms reaching more than 7,500 students. Volunteers read the book to students and talked about their connection to agriculture. The books were then donated to the schools. Activity Books CFA’s Activity Books continue to be very popular among educators and are used in both formal and informal settings. Activity Books and Colorado Readers can be ordered through an online store on the website. These resources are provided free of charge. Summer AgriCULTURE Institutes Two Food, Fiber, and More Summer AgriCULTURE Institutes were held during the summer of 2019. The locations were Greeley and Castle Rock and a total of 40 teachers participated. Each week-long course featured agriculture and food production topics significant to the area. Participants learned about beef and dairy production, growing produce, water, corn and ethanol production, plant breeding and GMOs, among other topics. Highlights this year included an open conversation with Colorado CommonGround volunteers and a panel discussion on issues facing agriculture. The teachers leave the week with a greater appreciation for agriculture and creative ideas on how to incorporate food, fiber, fuel, and natural resources topics into their common core curriculum. Find lesson plans and resources on the Curriculum Matrix and in the Ag Classroom Store at Colorado Educators Recognized at the 2019 National Agriculture in the Classroom ® Annual Conference The conference was held June 18-21 in Little Rock, Arkansas. Six Colorado educators along with CFA Executive Director Jennifer Scharpe attended. Andy Klatt (center) of Grandview Elementary was honored with a National Teaching in Excellence About Agriculture Award. Chris Woodburn (center) received an American Farm Bureau Foundation White-Reinhardt Scholarship to attend the conference. Three Colorado teachers - Malcolm Davis, Rebecca Kiefer, and Deborah Tanzy - were among the 40 teachers nationwide who received CHS Foundation Scholarships to attend the conference.