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Centennial Farm Foundation

 88 FAIR DR
 COSTA MESA , CA 92626
[P] (714) 708-1618
[F] (714) 708-1905
http://www.ocfair.com/ocf2/community_programs/cf_foundaton.aspx
[email protected]
[email protected] Bartczak
FOUNDED: 1991
INCORPORATED: 1992
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Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 33-0484808 00000

Summary


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Mission StatementMORE »

The Mission of the Centennial Farm is to raise support for the programs of the Centennial Farm. The Centennial Farm has accepted the challenge of bringing agriculture education to the public, with a special emphasis on children, who will be tomorrow's decision makers and consumers. The Centennial Farm serves guests with a variety of programs. Most of the participants come from schools in Orange County however it is a unique facility that attracts visitors from surrounding counties. The Farm also welcomes guests on self-guided tours. Agriculture is a $23 billion industry in the State of California, making it the leading agricultural state in the United States. And yet most children are not aware of the importance of farming and how food gets to their plate. They also learn that agriculture employs 1 in 10 of all employees in California and could be a viable and stable option for employment. Additionally, in 2009, 26% of the students tested for the Fitnessgram in Orange County were considered to have unhealthy body weight. With childhood obesity at this rate, learning about food and healthy choices is more critical than ever. While the Orange County region has a reputation as an affluent community, many of the children are from low-income and at-risk families. According to the OC Community Indicators, only 53% of families in Orange County can afford to buy a home and to rent a 1-bedroom apartment a household earning minimum wage would need to work 131 hours per week. Therefore in most homes both parents are working, multiple jobs in many cases. The Centennial Farm offers an after school program as a safe, enriching option during the critical hours of 3pm to 6pm. In addition, many of our local schools have cut back or eliminated field trips. Because the Centennial Farm is unique, educational, and free with available scholarships for transportation, it is many classes only field trip of the year.

 

Mission Statement

The Mission of the Centennial Farm is to raise support for the programs of the Centennial Farm. The Centennial Farm has accepted the challenge of bringing agriculture education to the public, with a special emphasis on children, who will be tomorrow's decision makers and consumers. The Centennial Farm serves guests with a variety of programs. Most of the participants come from schools in Orange County however it is a unique facility that attracts visitors from surrounding counties. The Farm also welcomes guests on self-guided tours. Agriculture is a $23 billion industry in the State of California, making it the leading agricultural state in the United States. And yet most children are not aware of the importance of farming and how food gets to their plate. They also learn that agriculture employs 1 in 10 of all employees in California and could be a viable and stable option for employment. Additionally, in 2009, 26% of the students tested for the Fitnessgram in Orange County were considered to have unhealthy body weight. With childhood obesity at this rate, learning about food and healthy choices is more critical than ever. While the Orange County region has a reputation as an affluent community, many of the children are from low-income and at-risk families. According to the OC Community Indicators, only 53% of families in Orange County can afford to buy a home and to rent a 1-bedroom apartment a household earning minimum wage would need to work 131 hours per week. Therefore in most homes both parents are working, multiple jobs in many cases. The Centennial Farm offers an after school program as a safe, enriching option during the critical hours of 3pm to 6pm. In addition, many of our local schools have cut back or eliminated field trips. Because the Centennial Farm is unique, educational, and free with available scholarships for transportation, it is many classes only field trip of the year.

 

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2016
Projected Expenses $90,000.00
Projected Revenue $60,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Farm to School Program
  • Ag Education Program

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Overview


Mission Statement

The Mission of the Centennial Farm is to raise support for the programs of the Centennial Farm. The Centennial Farm has accepted the challenge of bringing agriculture education to the public, with a special emphasis on children, who will be tomorrow's decision makers and consumers. The Centennial Farm serves guests with a variety of programs. Most of the participants come from schools in Orange County however it is a unique facility that attracts visitors from surrounding counties. The Farm also welcomes guests on self-guided tours. Agriculture is a $23 billion industry in the State of California, making it the leading agricultural state in the United States. And yet most children are not aware of the importance of farming and how food gets to their plate. They also learn that agriculture employs 1 in 10 of all employees in California and could be a viable and stable option for employment. Additionally, in 2009, 26% of the students tested for the Fitnessgram in Orange County were considered to have unhealthy body weight. With childhood obesity at this rate, learning about food and healthy choices is more critical than ever. While the Orange County region has a reputation as an affluent community, many of the children are from low-income and at-risk families. According to the OC Community Indicators, only 53% of families in Orange County can afford to buy a home and to rent a 1-bedroom apartment a household earning minimum wage would need to work 131 hours per week. Therefore in most homes both parents are working, multiple jobs in many cases. The Centennial Farm offers an after school program as a safe, enriching option during the critical hours of 3pm to 6pm. In addition, many of our local schools have cut back or eliminated field trips. Because the Centennial Farm is unique, educational, and free with available scholarships for transportation, it is many classes only field trip of the year.

 

Background Statement

In 1985 the Orange County Fair & Event Center dedicated 4-acres to create the Centennial Farm. In 1991, the Centennial Farm Foundation was organized to maintain and enhance the current and proposed education programs offered by the Centennial Farm. Today, the foundation continues to solicit, accumulate and disburse funds to operate Centennial Farm and other agricultural and youthrelated programs and exhibits of the Orange County Fair. Community volunteers and the management and staff of the Orange County Fair work with the Foundation to plan, develop and operate the Farm. The Centennial Farm is a working farm that demonstrates the important role agriculture plays in people's daily lives. Although agriculture is a critical industry in California, many are not aware of the industry nor do they know basic information about how food gets from the farm to the grocery store. For this reasons, the Centennial Farm was created in an effort to try and maintain a continued awareness of agriculture through the education of the community, particularly children. The farm aims to educate children on how food, clothing, housing and quality of life depend on production agriculture. Not only do the children learn about farming as an industry, they also learn about where their food comes from in order to make healthy eating decisions. The farm features a wide array of crops, nursery stock and livestock, and provides visitors with a hands-on, multifaceted agricultural experience, while giving them a realistic and historical perspective of California's $23 billion agricultural industry. After four years as an exhibit, particularly during the Orange County Fair, in 1989 the Centennial Farm began giving their first school tours. In 1998 they expanded the tours to the Academics program, and five years later piloted the Ranch After-School Program.

 


Impact Statement

Since the Centennial Farm opened in 1989 they have been focused on the same mission as Farm to School programming.Their first program, the Junior Farmers Tours, welcomes over 45,000 Kindergarten through third grade students from elementary schools throughout the region. The school district most local to the Centennial Farm – the Newport Mesa Unified School District – works especially closely with the Farm to involve as many of its students as possible.This partnership, along with the leadership and support from the City of Costa Mesa led to the Ranch Afterschool Program which takes a targeted group of fourth and fifth grade students from local schools through a school-year long curriculum that teaches gardening, animal care and even leather working.The concept of the Ranch Afterschool Program was to help connect students to agriculture in a hands-on, more in-depth way which also keeps them safe during the afterschool hours.The participants even grow their own community garden on the OC Fairgrounds to learn skills and the value of community gardening first hand. In 2012, the Centennial Farm added Discovery Days, which are designated days for schools to schedule self-guided tours with Docents help direct and educate.This has allowed the Farm to welcome far more youth to enjoy the Farm with their classes or home-school groups, with nearly 60,000 visitors enjoying Discovery Days each year. A critical component of all programs has been the California State Standard Based curriculum which offers take-home components for teachers and helps bring the hands-on learning they get at the Farm, back to the classroom to continue the learning.The Centennial Farm also partners with community members such as the Orange County Farm Bureau, Community Service Programs and California Agriculture in the Classroom to maintain a current and easily implementable curriculum.

Needs Statement

As leadership of the Farm looks at current needs and future challenges, there is a clear opportunity to integrate CA Specialty Crop career development into existing programming. The need is critical and timely as few children in urban/ suburban children consider careers in CA agriculture, yet the CA Specialty Crop Industry is vital to state’s economy as well as the global food supply of many key crops. The Centennial Farm sees an opportunity to inspire and educate the next generation of Specialty Crop Farmers, while they are still at the age when they first start answering the question – “What do you want to be when you grow up?” It is a critical time, as trends such as Farm-to-Fork eating are growing in popularity, to maximize the impact and educate the community about CA Specialty Crops specifically, and their importance nutritionally as well as economically. At the same time, obesity rates remain high, particularly with children. Teachers, parents and community leaders are looking for creative ways to talk about nutrition and the importance of fresh foods. By providing information in a hands-on, experiential way the Farm can help make this conversation more approachable for all ages. Most importantly, by focusing on CA Specialty crops the Nutrition Program can encourage healthy lifestyles and promote CA Specialty Crop consumers, while educating about the economic benefits of supporting CA Specialty Crops as well.

CEO Statement

Over the past 15 years, one of the most critical lessons learned by Centennial Farm leadership is that partnerships are key to the success of all its programming. The Farm offers a unique experience for the children that visit, and its can only be enhanced by the additions of partner curriculum or resources. It is through these partners, including local schools, the OC Fair and Event Center, the City of Costa Mesa, the regional agriculture community and other non-profit organizations, who have made the programs and their impacts possible. The most critical partners are the schools and School Food Authorities (SFAs) that bring their students to the Farm, integrate the curriculum into their classrooms, and provide feedback for Farm programming. Through working with the first teachers that visited the Farm, leadership learned how impactful take-home resources can be. Therefore materials were designed for visitors on structured tours, and resources were added to the website. It was clear these resources were only useful if they were California State Standards based, and so qualified Farm staff with teaching and agriculture experience designed the curriculum to easily align with standards for agriculture education as well as life science. Centennial Farm leadership has also learned that they are often the only fieldtrip schools are able to tale. This is partly because of the quality curriculum, the clear tie to classroom learning and the mission of the Farm. However for many it is also because there is no required cost to visit the Farm. While donations are often made, for some schools with little to know funding to go on field trips, the Farm can be a fun day for the children and a cost effective trip for the School.

Board Chair Statement

One of the greatest challenges that the Farm faces is simply the size of the property. The Farm benefits greatly by being located and partnered with the OC Fair and Event Center who support operations and provide a unique and convenient location for the programming. However, being located in an urban area means that space is limited and this means there is a limit to the amount of students that can be accommodated each day. Leadership of the Farm as well as the OC Fair are always exploring creative solutions including varied program formats such as the Discovery Days, maximizing the days the Farm can be available to children and utilizing other parts of the OC Fairgrounds. While many of the schools that visit the Farm are those that serve high percentages of low-income, USDA Free & Reduced Lunch Program participants, these are also often the schools who are challenged to take any field trips as funds may not be available for buses and parents cannot afford to contribute. For this reason the Farm leadership sees great opportunities in growing their online resources, recommended lessons and tools for starting community gardens on-site at schools. In this way they can expand their Farm to School programming even for those who may be challenged to visit the Farm. There are also great opportunities for new curriculum components as popularity grows for urban gardening, Farm to Fork/ Farm to School and nutrition education. The Farm is in the final year of a USDA funded California Specialty Crop Block Grant through the California Department of Education. A portion of this grant allowed the Centennial Farm to design new signage and exhibits and to update the curriculum to be Common Core aligned. This grant was an example of many new ways to bring Farm to School education to participants and to expand the curriculum to promote agriculture in new and unique ways.

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Geographic Area Served

Central Orange County
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Organization Categories

  1. Food, Agriculture & Nutrition - Nutrition
  2. Education - Primary & Elementary Schools
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Programs


Farm to School Program

As Farm to Table eating grows in popularity, people are talking more about local agriculture and the interest in farmers markets and local farm suppliers for restaurants is growing. This is an important time to include our youth in this movement, and to encourage schools and local farmers to work together more on providing innovative procurement and education for children. Across the country, childhood obesity is at a critical point. In Orange County specifically nearly 40% of the students have weight related health risk (OC Community Indicators). Of the OC students with an unhealthy body composition in 2012, over 25% were considered to be far outside the healthy range. The founders of the Centennial Farm believe that trends like these could be addressed by reconnecting urban communities with their agricultural roots. Particularly young children can benefit from learning about nutrition and healthy eating by see where their food comes from and what fresh produce is like.
Budget  $40,000.00
Category  Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Nutrition
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Other Economic Level Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Short-Term Success  Engage 200 students through the Ranch Afterschool Program to participate in the Spread the Word Farm to School promotion program. Develop small group community garden with ranch afterschool program Develop Year End project with each student based on topics such as Farm to School benefits, gardening principles and animal food products. Administer Post-Test with Ranch Afterschool Students Present the Farm to School Spread the Word promotion program to Ranch Afterschool Program students
Program Long-Term Success  Promote Farm to School programming as well as the Ranch Afterschool Program to over 1 million members of the general public at the annual youth Imaginology event and OC Fair. Provide Farm to School support education to 200 students through the Ranch Afterschool Program. Administer pre-tests with Ranch Afterschool Students Integrate Farm to School curriculum into the Ranch Afterschool Program curriculum, including nutrition education, animal care, gardening and information about the local agriculture community. Discuss results of the campaign and education programming with the Food and Nutrition Services department at the Newport Mesa Unified School District annually
Program Success Monitored By  Student Pre- and Post-Tests; Student Surveys; Teacher Surveys; Parent Surveys Student contact reporting; Parent and Teacher contact reporting; Interview with local Food and Nutrition Services representatives Administer Post-Test with Ranch Afterschool Students Track students’ activity and report of total contacts at the end of the year Survey event attendees at the Annual Imaginology and Annual OC Fair about the Farm and Farm to School exhibit
Examples of Program Success  Tthe Ranch Afterschool Program which has been operating at the Centennial Farm since 2003. It was created to provide a unique after-school experience for students, with a focus on agricultural concepts. Since then, the Ranch has reached over 800 students. The Ranch currently serves 4th, 5th and 6th grade students and 75 to 100 students complete the program each year. The program addresses many topics, focused on •Gardening: Students learn about gardening basics, including nutrition, plant science, plant life cycle, germination, pollination, good bugs/bad bugs, water, weeds, types of roots, and gardening skills etc. •Livestock: Participants learn basic info including animal care, products and by-products Students work in small groups to develop and maintain community gardens as well, for a hands-on interactive experience. At the end of the program, the children work with partners to develop a poster project to demonstrate their mastery of skills.

Ag Education Program

The Centennial Farm is an effective way to learn for those students who struggle to learn in a typical classroom. Lessons are taught experientially, outdoors, with practical applications, and are more easily grasped and retained. Materials and resources are then given to teachers to bring lessons back into the classroom. The Centennial Farm curriculum and docent training is CA State Standard and Common Core aligned. The Ag Education Program opens the eyes of our youth to the importance of farming, gardening, food careers, responsible animal care and more, and encourages them to grow and consume healthier fresh foods. The Centennial Farm is unique in their approach to focus on young children. Even other youth Ag Education programs are typically for high school or older youth. The Farm uses children’s natural curiosity, enjoyment of using all senses and love of animals to help make the lessons fun and inspiring.
Budget  $876,000.00
Category  Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Nutrition
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) At-Risk Populations Families
Program Short-Term Success  At least 110,000 visitors to the Centennial Farm during a 12 month period will learn about crops, animal care, urban gardening, career pathways, nutrition and more in order to emphasize the importance of agriculture sustainability. Outcome 1 will be measured by attendance logs and surveys from teachers, parents and students. At least 1 million visitors during special events including the OC Fair and Youth Expo will visit the farm and experience interactive exhibits designed to teach and advocate for agriculture sustainability. Success will be measured through event attendance records, OC Fair survey questions, and exhibit visit logs.
Program Long-Term Success  The Ag Education Program supports the Centennial Farm’s work to reconnect an urban community to agriculture. While Farm-to-Fork programs are growing in popularity, there is an opportunity to invest in Ag Education that is interactive and capitalizes on parent’s interests. Agriculture is a $23 billion industry in the State of California, making it the leading agricultural state in the United States. And yet most children, and many adults are not aware of the importance of farming and how food gets to their plate. The Farm uses children’s natural curiosity, enjoyment of using all senses and love of animals to help make the lessons fun and inspiring. Youth are encouraged to talk with parents, siblings and peers about what they learned and to help with food and shopping choices at home. By gaining children’s and families’ interests in agriculture early, they are more likely to later focus on agriculture career-pathways or advocacy.
Program Success Monitored By  Community volunteers and the management and staff of the Orange County Fair work with the Foundation to plan, develop and operate the Farm. Over 350 volunteers participate in the operating of the Centennial Farm, including serving as docents for tours and exhibits, offering information to youth and their teachers and parents about the exhibits, leading demonstrations such as milking a cow, and offering oversight of animals during visiting hours. Additionally the Centennial Farm has many partners including the University of California Extension and the Master Gardener’s program. This partnership helps the Farm with plant care and exhibits, composting and curriculum. Many of the Master Gardeners are also docents. The docents and staff monitor the success through surveys with the teachers, parents, and students themselves.
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Management


CEO/Executive Director Sarah Bartczak
CEO Term Start 1991
CEO Email [email protected]
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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 15
Number of Contract Staff 2
Staff Retention Rate % 100%
Staff Professional Development --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 2
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 2
Male: 0
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Plans & Policies

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Reporting and Evaluations

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Governance


Board Chair Mr Lon Records
Board Chair Company Affiliation AgriTurf Distributing
Board Chair Term July 2015 - June 2017
Board Co-Chair --
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Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mary Ann Archibold Retired Educator Voting
Clare Einsmann United Agribusiness League Voting
Kenny Ferraro -- --
Gary Hayakawa Retired Agribusiness Man Voting
Mike Kavanagh -- --
Gerardo Mouet -- --
Tom Mullen Independent Accountant/ Tax Preparer Voting
Kathy Nakase OC Farm Bureau Voting
Ben Pickett RCS Entertainment Voting
Mack Ramsay -- --
Lon Records AgriTurf Distributing Voting
Tim Shoemake -- --

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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 10
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
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Gender Female: 3
Male: 9
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Board Information

Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria --
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy --
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 75%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 90%
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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

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Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2016 to Dec 31, 2016
Projected Revenue $60,000.00
Projected Expenses $90,000.00
Form 990s

2014 CFF 990 2014

2013 CFF 990 2013

2012 CFF 990 2012

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IRS Letter of Exemption

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Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Revenue $137,070 $120,669 $166,494
Total Expenses $137,181 $142,947 $213,421

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$136,841 $120,384 $166,242
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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Investment Income, Net of Losses $229 $285 $252
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Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Program Expense $108,979 $115,090 $201,421
Administration Expense $26,298 $18,448 $11,098
Fundraising Expense $1,804 $9,409 $902
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Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.00 0.84 0.78
Program Expense/Total Expenses 79% 81% 94%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 1% 8% 1%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Assets $364,620 $364,731 $387,009
Current Assets $364,620 $364,731 $387,009
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Total Net Assets $364,620 $364,731 $387,009

Short Term Solvency

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Long Term Solvency

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Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%
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CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

Summary financial data is per the Form 990EZs and consultation with the organization. Foundation/corporate and individual contributions are combined under foundation and corporation contributions.

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