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Pennsylvania Friends of Agriculture Foundation

Camp Hill, PA   |  www.pafbfriends.org

Mission

Our mission is the preservation and promotion of agriculture- the largest of the Commonwealth's industries. Specifically, the Foundation seeks to: enlighten the public about farming and agriculture; create educational programs for children who may have no other exposure to agriculture; train teachers on agricultural concepts while helping them meet their own continuing education requirements; support farmland preservation; fund scholarships for post-secondary agriculture studies; and promote career opportunities in agriculture.

Ruling year info

1986

Executive Director

Mrs. Charlene Espenshade

Main address

510 South 31st Street

Camp Hill, PA 17001 USA

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EIN

22-2699958

NTEE code info

Agricultural Programs (K20)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Agricultural, Youth Development (O52)

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Our programs

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

Mobile Ag Ed Science Lab Program

Educational experience for elementary and middle school students.
The Mobile Agriculture Education Science Lab is a 40-foot mobile classroom that travels across the state of Pennsylvania bringing an interactive field trip style experience directly to schools and students in grades K-8. The Mobile Ag Lab is equipped with over 30 STEM-based science experiments and lessons, a certified teacher, and all the supplies needed for a hands-on learning experience. Each science experiment is designed to emphasize a different aspect of agriculture, including Pennsylvanias commodities, the environment, biotechnology, food and fiber. While on our lab, students work cooperatively to solve a problem as they form a hypothesis, collect data and draw conclusions while focusing on the scientific method. Each lesson on the Mobile Ag Lab focuses on increasing student knowledge on the importance of agon for farming, agriculture and its related areas including careers; and an overall excitement for learning.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Academics
Children and youth

Each summer we offer Ag in the Classroom (AITC) Educator’s Ag Institute. This comprehensive and information-packed week of teacher training prepares educators to go back to their classrooms with the knowledge, materials and methods for educating their students about agriculture. The teachers receive a sponsorship from our Foundation which includes a hotel stay, meals, professional development, tours, farm visits, and an extensive supply of curriculum and materials to bring back to their classroom.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We support three different agricultural related scholarships. The E. Chester Heim Scholarship is available to students at Penn State and Delaware Valley who are pursuing agricultural education. The Richard W. Newpher/Farm Bureau Endowed Scholarship is for graduate students at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine who are dedicated to large animal studies.

Population(s) Served
Adults

This is a volunteer-based reading program where we help bring those in the ag industry into local classrooms to read our book of the year to students and complete a follow up activity to reinforce concepts from the book.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Pennsylvania Farm Bureau 2024

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Specifically, the Foundation seeks to: enlighten the public about farming and agriculture; create educational programs for children who may have no other exposure to agriculture; train teachers on agricultural concepts while helping them meet their own continuing education requirements; support farmland preservation; fund scholarships for post-secondary agriculture studies; and promote career opportunities in agriculture.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Financials

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Operations

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Pennsylvania Friends of Agriculture Foundation

Board of directors
as of 03/27/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Chris Hoffman

Pennsylvania Farm Bureau

Tommy Nagle

Brian Kelly

Ray McMinn

Charlie Porter

Raechel Sattazahn

Crystal Skotedis

Gretchen Winklosky

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 ? Not applicable
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/25/2024

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender

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