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Cornucopia Project

Planting seeds for a lifetime of healthy eating

Peterborough, NH   |  www.cornucopiaproject.org

Mission

Cornucopia Project is planting seeds for a lifetime of healthy eating through garden, kitchen, and farm education. We envision a resilient community that celebrates healthy food, hands-on learning, and environmental sustainability.

Ruling year info

2008

Executive Director

Lauren Judd

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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Communication

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

School Garden Program

School gardening has been the foundation of Cornucopia Project since 2005, beginning with a single garden bed tended by children in Hancock, NH. Since then, Cornucopia has brought garden education to all eight elementary schools of the Contoocook Valley (ConVal) Regional School District, schools in the Keene School District, and Jaffrey-Rindge District, with other schools in southern and western New Hampshire requesting Cornucopia Project’s model of school gardening. In addition to direct garden education, Cornucopia Project has developed classroom garden kits and resources for schools without gardens to deliver high-quality, garden-based education.
Cornucopia Project’s standard School Garden Program is developed for students in Grades 1 and 2 and is adaptable for all learners in Grades K through 4. Children take part in seven weeks of hands-on lessons in the garden in the spring (April - June) as 1st Graders, followed by seven weeks in the fall (September - October) as 2nd Graders.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people
People with disabilities
Ethnic and racial groups
Children and youth

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

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of free participants in conferences

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

GOAL 1: Increase Educational Capability
“Cornucopia Project is the premier farm-to-school resource in New Hampshire”

GOAL 2 : Plan for 100 Years of Cornucopia Project
“Cornucopia Project is positioned to serve the community for 100 years.”

GOAL 3 : Optimize the Educational Farm
“Cornucopia Project’s Educational Farm is a local hub that feeds the community and serves as a vibrant educational center.”

GOAL 4 : Continuously Update Environmental, Social, and Governance
Practices in Programs
“Cornucopia Project is committed to operating in a socially and environmentally responsible way.”

GOAL 5 : Refine Organizational Governance
“Cornucopia Project governs itself in alignment with its values for a rewarding and meaningful organizational culture”

Goal # 1 :Cornucopia Project is the premier farm to school resource in New HampshireEnsuring we are delivering maximum impact across all ages/grade-levels in the Monadnock Region
Establish Accreditation in our educational programs. (Obtain Accreditation)
Provide Educational Resources that are broadly accessible

Goal 2: Cornucopia Project is positioned to serve the community for 100 years.
Increase Major Giving
Develop a Long term financial outlook
Increase General Donations
Grow our Volunteer Program

Goal 3: Cornucopia Project’s Educational Farm is a local hub that feeds the community and serves as a vibrant educational center
Optimize production systems
Establish dedicated educational spaces
Assess and plan the outdoor classroom
Increase community food donations
Adopt long-term planning

Goal 4: Cornucopia Project is committed to operating in a socially and environmentally responsible way
Be a socially responsible organization
Environmental Sustainability (E.S.) underpins how we work

Goal 5: Cornucopia Project governs itself in alignment with its values for a rewarding and meaningful organizational culture
Fine tune our Governance Practices
Our culture aligns with our values and mission

We are currently pursuing funding to implement strategies across all five goals. Low-no-cost strategies are already implemented to improve our positioning for success once funding is acquired to support the projects.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Cornucopia Project

Board of directors
as of 06/25/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Susan Martin

Website Publicity

Susan Martin

Mike Lombard

Ideal Compost

Paul Tuller

Betty Marcon

Pamela Bator

Mike Justason

Hannah Bissex

Ruth Clark

Carolyn Hough

Katie Featherston

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/24/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/24/2024

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.