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National Agriculture in the Classroom


Summary 2019 — Colorado

State Contact

Ms Jennifer Scharpe
Colorado Foundation for Agriculture
10343 Federal Blvd Unit J Box 224
Westminster, CO 80260
P: 970.818.3308

Classroom Resources

Colorado Reader: The Renewables Issue: Fueling Your Life ( Colorado Reader: The Story of Colorado Beef ( Colorado Reader: Where does our water come from? ( Colorado Reader: Colorado Grows World-Class Produce ( Colorado Reader: Cooperatives: The Business of Working Together ( Understanding Water Activity Book ( Cattle in Colorado History Activity Book ( Wool & Sheep Activity Book ( The Watershed Defenders Comic Book (

Major Program Impacts or Outcomes

Increased agricultural literacy with 60,000 third through sixth grade students through each of the five issues of the Colorado Reader. Trained 45 teachers on agricultural literacy and Colorado agriculture through the Food, Fiber, and More Summer AgriCULTURE Institutes. Made more than 225 pre-K through 5th grade classroom visits reaching 6,750 students, with the purpose of increasing reading literacy and agricultural literacy. Taught 1,410 students about the importance of water in agriculture and how agriculture impacts our everyday lives through six different community agriculture days and Children's Water Festivals. Increased awareness of agriculture with more than 200,000 Colorado residents through four agriculture-related issues of the Colorado Kids, a Denver Post Newspapers in Education program.


Jennifer Scharpe is the executive director of the Colorado Foundation for Agriculture (CFA). The primary role of the Foundation is to manage and implement Colorado's Agriculture in the Classroom program. 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 grew 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 has a small herd of Gelbvieh and Angus cattle that live on a ranch near Deer Trail, Colorado. Her 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.