Agriculture, Food, Nutrition

Colorado Agricultural Leadership Foundation Inc

  • Castle Rock, CO
  • www.thecalf.org

Mission Statement

CALF is dedicated to connecting people to agriculture through authentic educational programs, community projects and special events.

Main Programs

  1. City to Ranch Programs
  2. Connecting Kids to Agriculture
  3. CALF Community Garden
  4. Special Needs Mentoring Program

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Service Areas

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Colorado

CALF is a statewide non-profit serving Colorado.  Our current efforts are focused in Douglas and adjacent counties.

ruling year

2003

President/CEO since 2009

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Mrs. Brooke Henry Fox

Keywords

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Colorado; Douglas County; Agriculture; Ag Literacy

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Also Known As

CALF

EIN

02-0657688

Physical Address

2330 I-25, East Frontage Road

Castle Rock, CO 80104

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Agricultural Programs (K20)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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CALF has served over 12,000 elementary school children since 2009 with the goal of serving at least 3000 students each year looking forward.CALF values its more than 200 volunteers who help and provided more than 4900 hours of service annually. More upwards of 10,000 people are welcomed to CALF's Lowell Ranch each year for a variety of activities including gardening, raising livestock as 4-H or FFA projects, attending our special events or using the facilities for community purposes.CALF works with multiple organizations and agencies to collaborate on connecting people to agriculture.  One such collaboration is working with Douglas County to grow an demonstration orchard to provide the public with information on unique varieties of fruits and nuts that grow well in our harsh climate.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

City to Ranch Programs

Providing opportunities for urban and suburban youth to experience agriculture through supervised agricultural experiences (SAEs), field trips and other educational programs.

Category

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$75,000

Program 2

Connecting Kids to Agriculture

CALF conducts elementary school field trips, or learning in the field, programs through its Connecting Kids to Agriculture programs. CKA's programs provide young students with hands-on, authentic educational experiences at CALF's Lowell Ranch in the spring and fall months. CALF currently offers CKA programs for pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 4th grade. In addition, CALF provides customized programs for schools with specific learning objectives.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

$30,000

Program 3

CALF Community Garden

Providing gardening spots to members of the Castle Rock community at an affordable price.

Category

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$1000

Program 4

Special Needs Mentoring Program

CALF is developing a partnership with Wellspring Community to launch a mentoring program that gives Wellspring participants the opportunity to lead groups of special needs children during designated CALF CKA programs

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Budget

$100

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Provide a place for all people to "Experience Agriculture" to gain a better understand the importance of agriculture in everyday life.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Through education, community projects and special events, CALF is committed to creating an atmosphere that promotes the work ethic and rural, agricultural values demonstrated by John and Bea Lowell (CALF’s Founders) throughout their lives.

    CALF staff, board and participants strive to conduct our daily care of the Lowell Ranch and our livestock as well as conduct our programs in a manner that exemplifies discipline, responsibility, excellence and cooperation.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    CALF has an amazing and dedicated group of volunteers, seasonal interns and small staff that are committed to pursing CALF's goals.

    CALF is blessed with the honor of stewarding the Lowell Ranch on Plum Creek as its headquarters and educational working ranch.

    CALF is honored to have been granted the trust of numerous donors that initiated a small endowment fund to encourage the long term sustainability of CALF.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    - Continued, reoccurring and increased program participants
    - Continued and growing donor base
    - Continued increases in funding and endowment
    - Continued growth in community projects and special event attendees
    - Increases in number and size of average annual donations
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    - Purchase of 35-acre property with ranch house and outbuildings - needed to bring ranch back to its original configuration.
    - Paying realistic salaries for all staff.
    - Year-round ranch management help
Service Areas

Self-reported

Colorado

CALF is a statewide non-profit serving Colorado.  Our current efforts are focused in Douglas and adjacent counties.

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Colorado Agricultural Leadership Foundation Inc

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President/CEO

Mrs. Brooke Henry Fox

BIO

A third generation Coloradoan, Brooke Fox grew up on a working cattle ranch in Larkspur, Colorado purchased by her grandfather in the early 1900s. Brooke is the President and CEO of the Colorado Agricultural Leadership Foundation (CALF), a statewide 501(c)(3) non-profit that manages the Lowell Ranch on Plum Creek just south of Castle Rock. CALF’s is dedicated to connecting people to agriculture through authentic educational programs, community projects and special events. Brooke has always had a love of agriculture and enjoys helping people understand the importance of agriculture in everyday life. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Economics from The Colorado College, Brooke moved to Washington, D.C. where she worked on Capitol Hill and worked to receive a Master of Arts degree in Environment and Resource Policy from George Washington University. In addition, Brooke worked as natural resource and legislative assistant for the law firms of Beveridge and Diamond, P.C and Crowell and Moring, P.C in Washington, D.C.. Upon returning to Colorado in 1993, she worked as a field representative for U.S. Senator Hank Brown. In 1996, Brooke became the first Director of Douglas County’s Division of Open Space and Natural Resources beginning in 1996. Because her husband received a job transfer in 2001, Brooke left Douglas County and became a Natural Resource consultant and negotiator on open space, endangered species, land management and other issues for the Chatfield Basin Conservation Network, local governments, and land management entities. Brooke also enjoys spending time with her husband, Bret, who practices water and natural resource law, and their two children Earl Henry and Tate.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Brooke Fox

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