FIELD OF HOPE INC

A volunteer agricultural community empowering youth and smallholder farmers to impact their futures and communities.

aka Field of Hope   |   Johnston, IA   |  http://www.fieldofhope.org

Mission

The mission of Field of Hope is to develop agricultural knowledge and enthusiasm among youth and smallholder farmers, to sustain communities to be both nutritionally food-secure and economically empowered.

Notes from the nonprofit

Impacts The Youth Agricultural Education program affects not only children, but also families, teachers, and administrators. At the beginning of 2019, Field of Hope was working with 21 schools. Through these schools, an estimated 3,849 students, their families, 30 instructors, and 15 administrators are impacted. We more than tripled those numbers by the end of 2019. The Smallholder Farmer Advancement program yields wide-ranging impacts. Through both our women’s program and community outreach trainings, an estimated 300 smallholder farmers have been trained directly by Field of Hope, with many more receiving the blessing of information secondhand. We have assisted many future leaders with their development. We have hosted several Oklahoma State interns and dozens of volunteers and have worked consistently with five Ugandans on our team. In 2019, we began supporting one Ugandan student in his post-secondary education. Each dollar donated goes directly to projects in Uganda and India.

Ruling year info

2012

Executive Director

Alexa Wilcox

Board President

Dan Strempke

Main address

8805 Chambery Blvd, Ste 300-225

Johnston, IA 50131 USA

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EIN

27-3822296

NTEE code info

Agricultural Programs (K20)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

Agricultural, Youth Development (O52)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We have been involved in community and economic development in Northern Uganda, a war-torn area where the people were brutalized in a 20-year civil war with the rebel army (LRA - Lord's Resistance Army). They are now experiencing a time of peace and are rebuilding stable communities. Ugandans are strong, resilient people with ambition, talents and a desire to be in a better place. Global outreaches are assisting with rebuilding the nation, but significant gaps still exist.
We find the greatest need is for training.
We have utilized appropriate instructional materials to teach smallholder farmers about the business of farming as well as the basics of crop quality and storage, cooperatives, marketing, and, where appropriate, drip irrigation and mechanization. We modified and developed new curriculum when graduates of the basic smallholder class asked for more advanced information, and again when we accepted the challenge of teaching women who were not necessarily literate.

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?

Training – Smallholder Farmers - Men and Women

Field of Hope works to educate and encourage smallholder farmers in northern Uganda through agricultural knowledge and financial means. Many of today’s farmers were displaced during the LRA raids in the ‘90s and early 2000s. Now they have little resources and knowledge to produce sufficient yields each harvest. Eighty-three percent of Uganda’s population live in rural areas, mostly in the Northern and Eastern regions, and 84% of those in these regions live in poverty (FAO, 2017; The World Bank, 2016). Farming is a way of life for 65.6% of the country, yet 25% of the population remains undernourished as of 2017 (FAO, 2017). With more agricultural knowledge and more financial stability, these households can begin to get back on their feet. Field of Hope is dedicated to helping that happen.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Field of Hope recognizes that we ourselves cannot change the world, but together with other invested partners, we believe we can create transformation and have a positive impact. We
love to work alongside others in our pursuit to be a blessing
and make a difference through agriculture. From young, educated adults to high-performing locals, and even the willing
volunteer, we know we are better together and we work to provide opportunities for this collaboration through our projects. Our programs include University Partnerships, Promotion of Local Talent, Volunteer Opportunities, and Post-secondary Scholarships.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Young adults

Field of Hope aims to inspire excitement about the agricultural industry in Ugandan and Indian students, as well as to develop a wider and deeper knowledge of the proper and modern
technologies within the industry. We hope to equip the next generation of agriculturalists in developing countries with the skills and abilities to successfully operate their agricultural
enterprises as businesses whereby they can provide for their families. Our programs include Curriculum Development, Student Demonstration Gardens, Grants, and Uganda University partnerships.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

At Field of Hope, we aim to develop capacity and knowledge in agriculture so that families can be food secure and farmers produce high enough yields to have a profitable and viable enterprise. We do so through training and education of secondary agriculture teachers, smallholder farmers, and industry leaders. Our trainings and training materials (e.g. an innovative teacher's guide for secondary teachers that promotes hands-on learning) go above and beyond the basic agriscience ideals and include lessons on business and small-enterprise finance, budgeting, business management, leadership development, group work and collaboration and more.

We will provide agronomy and farm economic and budgeting education to smallholder farmers, both men and women, through training, demonstration, outreach, mentoring, and hands-on assistance.
We will develop these agriculturalists to make innovative, appropriate and sustainable decisions through critical thinking, problem solving, and scientific reasoning.
We plan to increase sustainable agricultural production using such tools as drip irrigation and mechanization, when appropriate.
We will provide mechanization technical training on tractors and attachments, when appropriate.
We will provide orphan care organizations with agricultural life skills education for secondary students.
We will assist in funding drip irrigation student gardens for orphan care centers.
We will partner with interested NGO's in providing ongoing training to the communities they serve.
We are partnering with professional training developers to update the current agricultural curriculum to encourage more critical thinking skills and less rote memorization.
We are encouraging university students with an interest in international agriculture to serve as interns/fellows.

We have a well established and educated staff made of development professionals and local agricultural and programatic experts.
Our Board Members bring experience in working in agriculture and training.
We are working with professional training designers Vivayic to develop appropriate instructional materials.
We work with several NGO partners in Uganda to connect with areas of great need.
We are able to draw upon workplace associates, with their deep knowledge and experience in agriculture and mechanization, as a pool of volunteers.

In our early years, we established a microfinance fund that allowed a local organization to purchase tractors and offer plowing services to smallholder farmers.
We have had several successful training sessions with smallholder farmers, widows and other women farmers, and secondary students.
We've established drip gardens for orphan care centers. These gardens serve as practice gardens for the secondary students in the ag classes, and they also supply produce for the orphan care center kitchens.
We have learned much in our first few years of existence, and the most important lesson learned is that progress in Africa is not steady or rapid. One of our projects, a tank stand and solar pump, required a rebuild and modifications before it was of benefit to the community and the drip irrigation garden.
We are growing our programs slowly and with respect for the culture, allowing our local partners to take the lead. It is not our intent to manage a perfectly-executed agricultural program, but rather to walk alongside our partners at a pace they help develop. Otherwise, it would become “our" program and the progress would likely end when we board the plane to come home.
We have recently established an Academic Ambassadors leadership program for high school agriculture teachers who are learning to teach the new curriculum.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We initiated an Academic Ambassador leadership program at the request of Ugandan high school teachers who wanted further instruction on teaching methodology for experiential learning and critical skills thinking. This group also set up a WhatsApp communication group to share ideas.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our community partners,

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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FIELD OF HOPE INC

Board of directors
as of 4/15/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Chuck Hammond

Charles Schwaab (retired)

Term: 2024 - 2021

Mike Hafner

John Deere (retired)

Cathy Hafner

Educator and Office Manager (retired)

Dan Strempke

John Deere (retired)

Steve and Faith Meinzen

John Deere (retired) and Educator (retired)

Carrie Trenkamp

John Deere

Kelly Huenink

Cross My Heart

Whitney Thurmond

Vivayic

Tobin Redwine

Texas A&M

Jay Olson

John Deere (retired)

Chuck Hammond

Cornerstone Advisors

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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 04/15/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

No data

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

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Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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