Cornucopia Project

Peterborough, NH   |  www.cornucopiaproject.org

Mission

The Cornucopia Project envisions a future where children and adults value the relationship between nourishing food and good health and respect for the land and community that sustains them.

Ruling year info

2008

Executive Director

Karen Hatcher

Main address

49 Vose Farm Road Suite 110

Peterborough, NH 03458 USA

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EIN

26-1460809

NTEE code info

Agricultural Programs (K20)

Agricultural, Youth Development (O52)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

With locally-grown food at the heart of all we do, the Cornucopia Project helps to build strong, healthy communities by developing and delivering agriculture-based edible education programs to children as they grow, and by playing a leadership role in the local food movement.

Studies show and experience proves that children eat what they grow. Starting kids early on healthy foods builds good eating habits for life. Children can also influence the eating habits of their families. When kids ask for and eat more fruits and veggies, this often changes how families shop and ultimately, eat. Engaging teens in growing and selling to local businesses supports our community and our economy. It also builds a new generation of strong local leaders, entrepreneurs, and healthy food advocates. Sustainable practices utilize fewer precious natural resources and help rebuild the soil for future growing. Growing and consuming local food minimizes our community's carbon footprint, too!

Our programs

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

School Garden Program

Our program includes multiple teaching gardens in all eight elementary schools in the Con Val School District, teaching students through practical learning where healthy food comes from, how to grow and enjoy it.

Population(s) Served

The Farm to Fork program is an innovative agricultural and entrepreneurship program for high school students. We hire and train a maximum of four Fellows per year (12 students maximum during the 3 year program) to develop and manage a small year-round agricultural operation and associated business plan, which provides fresh organic produce to our local community.

Population(s) Served

Cool Chefs is a series of cooking and nutrition classes that reinforce healthy food options and meal preparation among young budding chefs. Cooking alongside their peers as they learn about nutrition empowers students to become ambassadors of healthy food choices at home.

Population(s) Served

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Goals & Strategy

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

We aspire to deepen and enrich educational experiences for students, teachers, and families withing our school and community programs.

We lead by bringing community stakeholders together to create sustainable solutions for our local food systems.

We partner with organizations and businesses who understand the fundamental nature of food to the good health and well-being of our community.

School Gardens: We support elementary grade science goals with hands-on, garden-based curriculum that connects kids to where their food comes from.

Cool Chefs Youth Cooking Classes: We empower students with skills and tools they need to prepare and cook fresh, healthy food.

Farm to Fork High School Agriculture Program: Through real work, we build leadership and entrepreneurship skills in the next generation of local food advocates.

To date we have educated and inspired nearly 2,000 children through our garden education programs in eight elementary schools in Southwestern New Hampshire. Our Farm to Fork program employs eight (on the way to 12) high school students in our year round agricultural entrepreneurship program. In two years they have constructed a high tunnel hoop house and cultivated a large field to grow organic vegetables for our community. In 2017 the students participated in a ground-breaking technology research project "the Tomato Project" using agricultural technology to predict flavor and nutrient profiles in tomatoes. In 2018, we will be expanding this project and investigating how to better support the local farming community in extending the growing season.

Financials

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Operations

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Cornucopia Project

Board of directors
as of 06/19/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

E. Leslie Lewis

Website Publicity

Susan Martin

Mike Lombard

Ideal Compost

Cathie Sage

Sage with Thyme

Eva Ruutopold

Ruutopold Graphic Design

Erin Taylor

ES3, LLC

Pete Skelly

Nature's Green Grocer

Mike Stanley

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes