Summary 2020 —
Innovative Programming Conducted and Educational Resources Developed
STEAM Pollinator Camps: The Colorado Foundation for Agriculture has partnered with the West Greeley Conservation District and CSU-Weld County 4-H to conduct STEAM Pollinator Camps with 4th and 6th graders in the Greeley-Evans School District and surrounding areas. These are six-hour long camps held over four different sessions, conducted virtually either after-school or during school. Students learn about six different types of pollinators (honeybees, ladybugs, butterflies, hummingbirds, ants, and bats), they complete hands-on arts and crafts projects, learn about the parts of a seed and seed germination through the Garden in a Glove activity, and learn to identify various Colorado produce products and where they are grown in Colorado. This program reached 150 students in the fall of 2020.
We developed the following resources:
- Colorado Reader: CORN: It's Feed. It's Fuel. It's Food. It's Everything! [https://joom.ag/ZjbI]
- Colorado Reader: Building Blocks Fuel Your Fun (Nutrition) [https://joom.ag/1epC]
- Colorado Reader: Soil, Water, and Air Stewardship [https://joom.ag/oWXC]
- Colorado Reader: Fueling Your Life (Renewable Energy) [https://joom.ag/RfGe]
- Understanding Water Activity Book [https://joom.ag/I5GY]
- Cattle in Colorado History Activity Book [https://joom.ag/V3GY]
- Wool & Sheep Activity Book [https://joom.ag/B3GY]
- The Watershed Defenders Comic Book [https://joom.ag/s3GY]
Major Program Impacts or Outcomes
Of the students reached through the STEAM Pollinator Camps, 75% of the students had an increase in knowledge of pollinators, as measured through pre- and post-tests.
Increased knowledge of specific agricultural topics (corn, nutrition, environmental stewardship, and renewable energy) with third through sixth grade students through the Colorado Reader.
Program Leader Biosketch
Jennifer Scharpe is the executive director of the Colorado Foundation for Agriculture (CFA). Jennifer started her position in November of 2017 and has a strong passion for the agriculture community and educating the public on their connection to agriculture, food, and natural resources.
Scharpe is a Minnesota native and grow up on a small beef cow-calf farm. She moved to Colorado in 2009 and has worked in communications and public relations for two different national beef cattle breed associations, the American Gelbvieh Association and the North American Limousin Foundation. She has been involved with the American National CattleWomen, Inc., and was a member of their executive committee. In 2005, Scharpe joined the United State Peace Corps as a sustainable agriculture/animal production volunteer, living and working in Ecuador for two years. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in animal and range science from North Dakota State University, and a Master of Science degree in journalism and mass communications from Iowa State University.
Jennifer's family continues to raise Angus and Balancer cattle in Minnesota. Jennifer's brother Peter is the fifth generation to live on one of the original family homesteads in southern Minnesota. Jennifer enjoys spending time with her cattle and working on the ranch. Her hobbies include photography, providing media and graphic design services, quilting, gardening, and making home-made pickles, salsa, and jellies.