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Youth Farm Project

Total Qualifying Score: 9
County (ARC Region): Yes
State (ARC Region): Yes
Q3. IRS Status: Nonprofit – 2
Q4. Parent Entity: No – 1
Q5. 2 or More Full-Time Employees : Yes (as of 12/31/2019)
Q7. Budget Level: $250,001 to $1.5 million – 5 (Last Fiscal Year Actual Income)
Q8. Restricted Reserves: No – 1
Q9. CARES Act Funding: Yes – 0
Q13. Participation by Executive: Yes


Youth Farm Project
Ithaca, Tompkins County, New York 14850

County (ARC Region) Tompkins
State (ARC Region) New York


Q1. Mission:

Our mission is to empower youth from diverse social and economic backgrounds as integral participants in building equitable local food communities. 

YFP is dedicated to healing our food system through an anti-racist organizing lens by bringing together youth from diverse backgrounds to explore environmental and social injustice within the food system. 

We believe that through critical thinking and openly learning about these issues, we can begin the healing of our food system, the earth, and ourselves. By developing leadership and communication skills with young people and having them participate in all aspects of food production and farming – from planting to harvesting and distributing, we can increase our unity and hope for positive change in our community and beyond. 

Q2. How organization aligns with ARC’s Plan & Goals:

The Youth Farm Project’s Teen Summer Program is a hands-on job training program that provides teens with entry level skills in farming and all aspects of food production, including planting, maintenance, harvesting and marketing, as well as basic food prep skills.

All of our programs with young people work to increase communication skills, literacy and critical thinking about our food system and how each of us interacts with it, from a personal to cultural to socio-economically.

Q3. IRS Filing Status: 501(c)(3)   

Q4. Unit or Chapter of Larger Organization: No

Q5. Employees:

Full-Time/Part-Time Employees: 2/4 (as of 9/1/2020)

Full-Time/Part-Time Employees: 2/3 (as of 12/31/2019)

Current Year Income/Expenses: $277,078/$278,841

Q6. Fiscal Year: Calendar

Q7. Budget Level

Last Fiscal Year Income/Expenses (Actual): $250,368 / $241,572

Current Year Income/Expenses (Projected): $277,078 / $278,841

Q8. Restricted Reserves (Amount): No ($97,542)

Q9. CARES Act Funding (Amount): Yes ($22,000)
Received From: Center For Transformative Action/ Tompkins Trust Company   Date Received: 7/05/20
For What Purpose(s): PPP – payroll program

Q10. Negative Impacts from COVID-19:

We have had to greatly reduce programming, due to not being able to hold in person field trips and classes on the farm, and not being able to go into schools to provide fresh fruit and vegetable snacks and hands-ons healthy cooking and eating skills classes.  This has effected our ability to carry out our mission which includes reaching young people from an early age consistently over time to solidly build on skills. Covid has also limited the community access aspects of our program, meaning that families have less access to learning about growing and harvesting food, and actual access to food.

Q11. Top Three Concerns:
Taking care of staff.
Securing funding to sustain us through this time, so that we may be able to exist after the pandemic is behind us.
Meeting community needs for basic survival – specifically hunger – while also building systems that are sustainable for a new future.

How Participation in Program Will Address Concerns:

We have not had a solid fundraising plan over the years, and being somewhat fluid in that has worked for us so far. Going forward, as the economy is turned upside down in unprecedented ways, I am aware that in order to be solidly responsible to our staff and to the young people and families who count on our education, experiences and actual food, we need to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps and create a strategic and forward thinking plan for funding. Without that, all of the assessment of community needs and re-structuring of our essential programming is meaningless, as we will not have the means to carry out the work.

I am also interested in the aspects of this training that address mission and sustainability, as times are quickly changing, in ways that we are not and will not be able to predict. As our organization addresses what resiliency looks like in real practice, as an organization, as a community, and for the environment any framework that guides us in that conversation and analysis appears as helpful. However, again, without the funding to support the work, we are stopped.

For this reason, I see this training as crucial to our sustainability and the possibility that we will be here in the future.


Q12. Applying as a Proposed Cohort? Yes

List of Organizations in Proposed Cohort:
Ithaca Waldorf School
Traditional Center for Indigenous Knowledge and Healing
Khuba International

Q13. Executive Director or CEO Will Participate in the Program? Yes

Q14. Top Two Choices for Cohort Instruction:

Course #1 Choice: 1-Fundraising

Course #2 Choice: 2-Mission & Operations

Q15. Desired Course Schedule for Cohort Instruction:

#1 Desired Course Schedule: 1-Winter 2021 A: 5-Week Course (Jan. 25, 2021 – Feb. 28, 2021)

#2 Desired Course Schedule: 2-Winter 2021: 10-Week Course (Jan. 25. 2021 – Apr. 4, 2021)


Name: Katie Church Church, Project Director

Application Approved by Organization Director or CEO? Yes, Approved by Executive Director/CEO

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