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Friends of Holly Hill Farm Inc.

 236 Jerusalem Road
 Cohasset, MA 02025
[P] (781) 3836565
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www.hollyhillfarm.org
[email protected]
Cindy Prentice
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INCORPORATED: 2002
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EIN 01-0598057

LAST UPDATED: 04/06/2018
Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

Mission StatementMORE »

The Friends of Holly Hill Farm strives to enhance and preserve the resources and legacy of Holly Hill Farm including its organic farming operation, historic farm buildings, fields, woodlands, and salt marsh meadows. Our goals are to benefit local communities, provide healthy food, and educate people of all ages year-round about the practices of conservation and sustainable farming.

Mission Statement

The Friends of Holly Hill Farm strives to enhance and preserve the resources and legacy of Holly Hill Farm including its organic farming operation, historic farm buildings, fields, woodlands, and salt marsh meadows. Our goals are to benefit local communities, provide healthy food, and educate people of all ages year-round about the practices of conservation and sustainable farming.


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018
Projected Income $623,145.00
Projected Expense $598,679.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Community Service and Service Learning for Teens
  • Organic farming - seedlings, vegetables, flowers and herbs
  • School Field Trips to Holly Hill Farm and Instructional Outreach to Schools in School "Farm Gardens"
  • Summer Camp Programs at the Farm
  • Workshops at the Farm for Adults and Families

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Overview

Mission Statement

The Friends of Holly Hill Farm strives to enhance and preserve the resources and legacy of Holly Hill Farm including its organic farming operation, historic farm buildings, fields, woodlands, and salt marsh meadows. Our goals are to benefit local communities, provide healthy food, and educate people of all ages year-round about the practices of conservation and sustainable farming.


Background Statement

The Friends of Holly Hill Farm (FHHF) is the non-profit that manages Holly Hill Farm, a certified organic vegetable, flower, and herb farm in Cohasset, MA. In addition to 3 acres of farm fields, the farm is home to diverse habitats including 130 acres of woods with marked trails, open fields, streams, a salt water marsh, vernal pools and ponds. Trails are open dawn to dusk year round and the public is welcomed to explore the trails any day of the year. There are many historic barns and buildings dating back to 1785. There are barnyard animals including horses, a bunny, goats, a donkey, and chickens which are kept for their eggs. We sell to the public at the farm stand and at two weekly farmer’s markets. The land has been farmed since the 1600s but has been owned and farmed in a number of ways by the White family since the 1850s. The FHHF was founded in 2002 by Frank H. White who had retired from a career in outdoor education, including many years as the director of the Thompson Island Outward Bound Center in Boston Harbor. It was Frank’s vision to resume farming operations in 1998 after a period of less active growing. A farm manager was hired and crops were first planted in 1998. After several years of organic farming, the FHHF was created to begin offering education programs based at the farm to teach sustainable agriculture principles that produce healthy food and foster stewardship of the land. Jon Belber was hired as Education Director in 2004. Since that time, the FHHF has grown and now teaches school programs, summer camps, workshops for adults and families year round, and after school programs. We welcome scout and other community groups, service learning groups from a variety of schools, worksites, and other organizations. FHHF has active teaching partnerships with over 40 schools in 9 towns across the South Shore and 4 schools in Boston. For many schools, the partnership includes an on site teaching "farm garden" where FHHF staff teaches curriculum-based lessons. Topics include plant and insect life cycles, soil science, botany, nutrition, the origins of food, and sustainable practices including school cafeteria lunch scrap and worm bin composting, seed saving, rain water collection, and cover cropping. Holly Hill Farm and the FHHF welcome all ages to come and learn by doing what it takes to grow healthy organic food in a way that cares for the land.


Impact Statement

Friends of Holly Hill Farm's (FHHF's) accomplishments from 2017:

1) Increased Farming revenue by 33% over prior year

2) Increased Summer Camp revenue 14% over prior year

3) Increased School Program revenue by 15% over prior year, representing nearly 1000 more school children visits

4) Increased Community Service participation to 95 students; Increased food donations to 800 pounds

Goals for this coming year:

1) Increase Farming revenue to $263,200

2) Increase School Program revenue to $73,000

3) Increase Summer Camp revenue to $52,000

4) Increase student participation in the Community Service Program to 100 students; Increase the total harvest of produce to donate to 1,000 pounds


Needs Statement

1) Purchase equipment for Greenhouse improvements: $15,000

2) Funding to develop new school field trip curriculum materials: $15,000

3) Establish a Reserve Fund: $25,000

4) Hire a Prepared Food Intern $8,000

5) Funding to hire a Professional Development Coordinator: $60,000


CEO Statement

In January 2015, the nonprofit Friends of Holly Hill Farm (established in 2002) took over fiscal and organizational management responsibilities for Holly Hill Farm. Prior to that point, Holly Hill Farm had been a for-profit farm whose business plan was to grow and sell certified organic seedlings, plants, vegetables, flowers and herbs. The increase in the size of the FHHF budget over time reflects that change. FHHF’s three-year Strategic Plan emphasizes our critical need for financially sustainability. To date, we have increased expenses for farming related infrastructure to enable our farmers to grow a greater quantity of organic produce. Our strategic planning process identified many steps needed to move FHHF towards the goal of improved best management practices and financial sustainability. Implementing these steps will require a combination of hard work performed by staff, the board, and community volunteers. The FHHF is actively seeking funding to support consultants who can assist with creating a development plan, a marketing plan, an evaluation plan, and funds to create expanded educational field trip opportunities.

It is an exciting time for our organization – the interest in and demand for organic food in our culture is well established and increasing; the need to educate the community, especially children, about how food to grow food in ways that preserves the health of farm workers while preserving the land they cultivate is critical; and the need to replace technology, screens, and busy schedules with experiences in nature at places like Holly Hill Farm is so important for our health. We are fortunate and excited to be part of the movement of healthy growing, eating and living.


Board Chair Statement



Geographic Area Served

SOUTHEAST REGION, MA
City of Boston- Citywide (Indiv. neighborhoods also listed)
GREATER BOSTON REGION, MA

The Friends of Holly Hill Farm offers farm and school garden education programs to adults, families and children and summer camps for children ages 3-18 years old. We are located in Cohasset, MA but people come from a wide area for school field trips and other education programs. We primarily serve 9 towns across Boston's South Shore and 4 Boston schools including the following zip codes:

02025, 02043, 02066, 02061, 02045, 02052, 02189, 02188, 02191, 02118, 02125, 02124, 02127.

Organization Categories

  1. Food, Agriculture & Nutrition - Food, Agriculture & Nutrition NEC
  2. Education -
  3. Environment - Environmental Education

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

Yes

Programs

Community Service and Service Learning for Teens

FHHF regularly hosts individuals and groups of teens who seek to volunteer on the farm. Our Farm to Food Pantry program enables high school students to fulfill Community Service requirements from National Honor Society, Student Council, church or synagogue, Scout, or other groups by working at the farm. Activities include preparing plantings beds, planting crops, harvesting, washing and delivering to local food pantries. The value of hard work, the understanding that there are populations that don't have access to organic produce and the experience of meeting the clients and chefs who will prepare the fresh food the students have grown is a valuable, often transformative, experience for teens. The Farm to Food Pantry program is an out of school time program, happening after school or on weekends during the school year, and in weekly programs in the summer. In addition, we host service learning groups from local high schools during the school day. We currently partner with the high schools in Cohasset and Scituate for this community service learning during the school day.

Budget  $40,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Service Learning
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success 

Short term success could be defined by community service volunteers leaving the farm feeling satisfied with the knowledge that they helped complete an important project. Farm volunteers frequently learn new skills, and find talents they never knew they possessed. We currently do not have a way to collect information about this other than a brief interview before the volunteer experience to discuss expectations of the work time. We are not currently collecting any information of knowledge or skills prior to volunteering. Evaluating the volunteer experiences via surveys or interviews would yield interesting and useful information that we could use to further refine the ways in which we engage with our student volunteers.

The Friends of Holly Hill Farm is currently developing logic models and an evaluation plan to quantify the short and long-term impact and effectiveness of all of our programs including our school field trip and instructional outreach program from the perspective of both students and teachers.

Program Long-Term Success 
As with all the programs we offer, long term success can be defined in many ways. There is ample research that demonstrates that providing hands on meaningful work experiences for teens can be a life changing experience. When the work involves something we can all relate to - our food - then the experience is that much more "real" to teens. We seek to provide meaningful experiences that inspire and change awareness and behavior. Measures of long term success could include measurable behavior changes - do those who volunteer on the farm start a garden at home after their time volunteering on the farm, do they alter their grocery shopping choices and begin to purchase organic instead of conventionally grown produce, do they start compost piles at home or school? There are many areas of opportunity for us to explore the impact of our programs on the teens with whom we work on the farm.
Program Success Monitored By  The successes of our Community Service and Service Learning programs are not currently being monitored. We would like to develop a short survey questionnaire to evaluate Community Service and Service Learning volunteers knowledge and impressions after their work experience.  We recognize that this is an area of opportunity for us here that could impact the way we engage with our student volunteers.  
Examples of Program Success  Program success can be defined by student returning to the farm to help year after year. We have existing relationships with several local schools that send volunteers to the farm on a regular basis and we count these "repeat customers" as an example of our ability to provide high quality, meaningful Community Service and Service Learning experiences to youth.  We regularly receive letters and emails from volunteers thanking us for a great experience.  We recognize that there is a wealth of information that we could capture through interviews, testimonials, or surveys.  We currently do not have any data on this and recognize that this is an area of opportunity for us in the future that could impact the way we offer programming to the teens in the future.  

Organic farming - seedlings, vegetables, flowers and herbs

Holly Hill Farm is a certified organic educational farm comprised of 140 acres, of which 130 acres are woodlands with historic trails, open meadows, streams, vernal pools, and a salt marsh. There are currently 3 acres of growing fields under cultivation growing certified organic vegetables, herbs and flowers. Farm animals include chickens, two goats, a pony, a bunny and a rescue donkey. The community members who come to the farm enjoy a farm experience by visiting with the farm animals, walking the trails, purchasing from the award winning farm stand, attending workshops, special events and summer camp.

Along with three acres of growing fields, there are three greenhouses that the farmers use for growing seedlings and crops. The well-established Spring Seedling/Plant Sale is the source of almost half of the annual farm revenue. Installed in November 2017, the newest and largest greenhouse is for year-round production. Sales of our produce and other local vendors occur in the Main Barn's farm stand and at two local farmers markets. Due to the large demand for our high quality produce, herbs and flowers, we frequently sell out, much to the disappointment of the community. We are addressing this by adding as many growing fields as we possibly can, based on site and weather conditions.

The farming staff is a farm manager, assistant farm manager, farmer and seasonal intern. Student and adult volunteers also help with farm tasks.

Budget  $263,200.00
Category  Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Agricultural Production
Population Served Families K-12 (5-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success  Outcomes of producing organic produce and herbs are the benefits of eating healthy food. Combined with the educational programs offered, program participants sample various produce and herbs grown on the farm. This exposure to new and perhaps unfamiliar healthy food creates an opportunity for incorporating new food into participants' diets. The farm is also a place to exercise by running or walking the trails. 
Program Long-Term Success  The long term success is when participants change their eating habits to incorporate healthy food, and when health is improved by exercising on the farm.   
Program Success Monitored By  We have no monitoring in place at this time. 
Examples of Program Success  Customers comment about their increased awareness and use of organic food into their diets. They also tell us about how their children hadn't been willing to eat vegetables until they grew and then harvested and ate them at the farm. The foot traffic into the woodland trails has increased due to the marketing efforts for available. 

School Field Trips to Holly Hill Farm and Instructional Outreach to Schools in School "Farm Gardens"

The Friends of Holly Hill Farm (FHHF) offers field trips to Holly Hill Farm for students in grades pre-K through 12 which are aligned with the Massachusetts State Standards in Science, Math, Literacy and History. The field trip provides students with a fun, hands-on learning experience that includes a tour of 6 areas at the farm: greenhouses, compost area, Peck's Meadow (one of the larger growing fields on the farm), the "Education Loop" (a woodland trail adjacent to the historic Ox Pasture, another growing field), our animal area that includes chickens, goats, a rabbit, a donkey and horses), and the Education Garden in which students smell and taste what's growing as well as do some seasonally and age-appropriate work planting, weeding, adding compost and harvesting. Each field trip is matched to the curriculum focus of the visiting school. Other areas of the farm can be included in the field trip, depending on teacher interest and the amount of time spent on the farm. These include the historic Ice Pond (used for collection of ice sold in the early 1900) and the bee hive area. Focus areas include soil study, life cycles of plants and animals, pattern and sensory recognition for younger students, ecology and environmental awareness, and responsible stewardship of the land. The Farm Educators and volunteers are trained to work with diverse student populations, making each experience unique, educational and lasting!

In addition to farm field trips, The Friends of Holly Hill Farm (FHHF) has teaching partnerships with more than 30 schools in 9 South Shore towns and in Boston where farm educators teach in school "farm gardens" during the fall and spring of the school year. The FHHF has worked with teachers to develop a set of garden-based lesson plans that are connected to State Frameworks in grades k-12. Students sow seeds, weed, cultivate, make compost, observe growth, save seeds, and make seasonal observations about plants and insects living in the garden. The result of all this care and cultivation is "edible curriculum" where students and teachers can taste the fruits of their labor in the garden and in the cafeteria. An essential way of connecting students to the curriculum is to bring fresh, organic produce to their school cafeteria for a school-wide harvest celebration once a year. Sustainable practices happen too in the form of seed saving in Autumn, composting cafeteria scraps and setting up rain barrels to catch and use water to water seeds and plants.

Communities served by our farm field trip and outreach program cover a wide variety of socioeconomic profiles including generally more affluent towns such as Cohasset, Hingham, Scituate, Marshfield, and Norwell and more socioeconomically diverse cities and towns including Quincy, Weymouth, Braintree, Hull and Boston.

Budget  $51,156.00
Category  Education, General/Other Educational Programs
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success 
Short term success is demonstrated by increased student knowledge with respect to curriculum areas of focus after exposure to a field trip or to a school garden lessons.  Knowledge criteria differ by grade but in general, relate to a number of curriculum areas including soil, seed and insect life cycles, seasonality of plants that grow in our New England climate, what plants need to grow, nutrient cycles, ecological interdependence, and sustainable practices including composting of food waste, collecting rain water for irrigation, seed saving, cover cropping and using free local resources for mulching like leaves and seaweed.  Short term success with respect to teachers is also of interest.  This would be the extent to which teachers are satisfied with the field trip and school garden education experience relating to their curriculum areas of focus.  
 
The Friends of Holly Hill Farm is currently developing logic models and an evaluation plan to quantify the short and long-term impact and effectiveness of all of our programs including our school field trip and instructional outreach program from the perspective of both students and teachers.
Program Long-Term Success 

There is ample research demonstrating the benefits to the intellectual, social and emotional development of children from hands-on, nature-based educational experiences.  Our mission is to benefit local communities by using the resources of the farm as well as local school "farm gardens" to educate about growing healthy food using sustainable techniques.  Measures of long term success from our field trips and school garden outreach program are to assess whether exposure to these educational experiences changes attitudes and behaviors of both students (our primary focus) as well as teachers (secondary focus) with regard to healthy eating, purchasing or growing organic vegetables at home (instead of less healthy packaged snack items), cooking healthy meals (instead of less healthy fast food meals), purchasing "free range" eggs, using sustainable practices at home including composting food waste, rainwater collection, seed saving, etc. and more.  Our hope is that every child who comes to the farm has an experience that "plants a seed" that might impact the way they think about the life cycles of living things, at the way food is grown, at the way farm animals are cared for, and the need to care for and preserve the environment. 

The Friends of Holly Hill Farm is currently developing logic models and an evaluation plan to quantify the short and long-term impact and effectiveness of all of our programs including our school field trip and instructional outreach program from the perspective of both students and teachers. 
Program Success Monitored By 

There is currently not a system in place to regularly monitor short and long-term success of our farm field trip and instructional outreach program.  As part of a USDA Farm To School Implementation Grant awarded to the City of Quincy Planning Department, Friends of Holly Hill Farm has been partnering with the City of Quincy Planning and School Departments to implement their farm to school program.  As part of this effort, a short survey was given to every 2nd grade student who visited the farm in the spring of 2017. This survey experience yielded positive results indicating that the field trip experience impacted student knowledge with respect to several key factors including, most importantly, students' willingness to try a new fruit or vegetable after their visit to the farm.  The Friends of Holly Hill Farm is currently developing logic models and an evaluation plan to build on the momentum of this successful survey experience and to develop a broader system to quantify the short and long-term impact and effectiveness of all of our programs including our school field trip and instructional outreach program from the perspective of both students and teachers. 

Examples of Program Success  We do not have any statistical data on this as of yet, but we do have a lot of anecdotal reports from teachers who send emails and notes after their field trip to report on how much the students loved the trip, how much they learned, etc.  We have received heartfelt notes from classrooms thanking us for a wonderful field trip. We have photos of some journal entries that students have written after their farm field trip.  Collecting data to quantify these "warm and fuzzy" feelings is another area of opportunity for us.  

Summer Camp Programs at the Farm

Each summer hundreds of children, ages 3-18 come to the farm to learn about organic farming and to explore the diverse habitats of the farm’s 130 acres of woods, waterways and open fields through hands-on activities, games, and songs. Each age group has ample opportunities to sow seeds, transplant, cultivate and harvest vegetables. The farm is a great place for children of all ages to hike the trails, explore the salt marsh, meadows and the historic ice pond. Children harvest and cook food grown on the farm, create art and drama on the farm, and help build lasting projects such as bat houses, compost sifters, birdfeeders and more. High school youth tend and grow crops which they bring to a nearby food pantry and shelter. We provide training for teens to learn to be Assistant Farm Teachers and Farm Counselors for the younger aged children.
Budget  $52,077.00
Category  Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Sustainable Agriculture
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program Short-Term Success 

Every child should leave camp at the end of every day dirty, happy and knowing something new that they learned that day, whether it be how to plant a seed, make a farm-related craft, sing a song, play a game, care for a farm animal, identify a tree leaf, or be able to describe the taste of the new vegetable they tried that day! We do not currently assess short term success of our summer camp programs and recognize this as an area of opportunity for us.

The Friends of Holly Hill Farm is currently developing logic models and an evaluation plan to quantify the short and long-term impact and effectiveness of all of our programs including our school field trip and instructional outreach program from the perspective of both students and teachers. This evaluation plan could easily be extended to include summer camp.

Program Long-Term Success  The goal of summer camp is that children come to the farm and have fun while learning about the environment, the origins of food, and sustainable agricultural practices through hands on experiences, activities, games and songs. There is ample research that demonstrates the effect that nature-based experiences have on learning and social and emotional health. As with our school field trip programs, the hope is that every child who comes the camp, leaves with a new perspective on the way food is grown, how farm animals are cared for and how we care for the environment. Long term success would be to increase students’ knowledge and to spark an awareness of the need to care for the environment. At a deeper level, their summer camp experience might impact the choices that child's family makes in purchasing organic food, or starting a garden to grown their own at home, or showing their concern for the environment by beginning a backyard compost pile or watering their garden with rainwater.
Program Success Monitored By  In the summer of 2013, we developed and implemented a short questionnaire on Survey Monkey that was sent to all camp participants' families asking about their children's experiences with summer camp at Holly Hill Farm. Questions were asked about satisfaction with the program content and the staff and if they would recommend camp to friends and return next year. This evaluation program was not continued due to limits of staff capacity and funding. We are currently seeking funding for capacity building efforts which would include implementing a system to evaluate the short and long term effectiveness of our summer camp program.
Examples of Program Success  Data from 2013 are summarized here: Surveys were sent to 174 families whose children attended camp for 1 or more weeks. We received 39 responses for a response rate of 22%. 82% of respondents reported they would recommend Holly Hill Farm camp program to friends and 77% reported that their child or children would be very likely to attend camp again next year. 79% of respondents rated the quality of programs as excellent and 92% rated the friendliness of the staff as excellent. An interesting lesson learned from last summer's survey data is that 92% of respondents rate nature-based programming as being important factor when deciding on a camp program for their children whereas only 64% of respondents reported that farming and food based programs was an important factor they considered when making summer camp selections. Plans to were discussed to refine the survey for future summers and to change the way we administer the survey in hopes of increasing our response rate and gaining more valuable data about our programs, but the survey was not administered due to limits of staff capacity and funding.

Workshops at the Farm for Adults and Families

There are many opportunities for adults and families in the community to come learn about a variety of topics related to organic farming and sustainable practices. We offer many workshops throughout the year on organic growing of vegetables and flowers, garlic planting, care and keeping of backyard chickens, compost making, cooking and tasting, flower arranging and more. We lead informational, guided walks on the farm in every season to discover different parts of the farm, look for birds and wild edibles too. Other events include tomato tasting, movies and "locavore" potluck dinners, wreath making and hay rides, preserving the harvest, and more!
Budget  $1,271.00
Category  Education, General/Other Educational Programs
Population Served Adults Families
Program Short-Term Success  Short term success would be measured in program participants leaving the farm happy and satisfied that they learned something new.  Ideally, participants would feel like they can take their new knowledge and apply it in some way that benefits them, their personal health, or the health of the environment. 
Program Long-Term Success  As with our school and summer programs, the long term goal is to provide programs that educate and inspire.  We strive to empower attendees to use the knowledge gained  in a workshop to begin a new hobby or increase their knowledge of something they are already doing like growing their own garden, preserving their harvest, composting at home, or cooking with farm fresh vegetables.   
Program Success Monitored By  We have not yet developed an assessment tool to evaluate the effectiveness or perceived quality of the programs we offer to adults and families.  Beginning in 2014, we are tracking the number of attendees to each program to assess the popularity of each program.  
Examples of Program Success  Success would be defined in participants reporting they were happy with both the quality of the program and with the value for the price paid (some programs are free but most are fee-based).  For programs that involve skills to be applied at home including gardening, composting, cooking, foraging for wild edibles, preserving and other hands on programs, an important measure of success would be to evaluate if participants took the information from the workshop and applied it at home.  

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

The Friends of Holly Hill Farm is fortunate to have a vibrant community who appreciates and utilizes all that we have to offer. One of our biggest challenges continues to be increasing our visibility, as there are still people who live in the same town and don't know there is a farm here! We are also in need of a development department to increase our fundraising capabilities.

Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Cynthia A Prentice
CEO Term Start Nov 2009
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience Cindy Prentice has been Executive Director of the Friends of Holly Hill Farm since 2009.  Prior to that time, she was a board member for many years.  She was founder and owner of Garden Resources, a landscape design and installation business based in Hingham, MA.  Cindy worked at Talbots corporate office in Hingham as the manager of Store Administration for 6 years. She was a 1st grade teacher in Hingham for 4 years and started and taught in many school gardens during that time and during her career as a landscape designer.  She was also the founding market garden farm manager at Weir River Farm in Hingham, managed by the Trustees of Reservations for one growing season.  
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Mr. Frank H White Jan 2002 Aug 2009

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Jon Marc Belber Education Director Jon Belber has been Education Director at Holly Hill Farm since 2004.  He was a classroom teacher for 11 years prior to that, teaching grades k-6 in Washington, DC, Cambridge, MA, Belmont, MA, and Milton, MA.  He holds an M.Ed. in Elementary Education (k-6), and M.Ed. in Moderate Special Needs (k-9).  

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
Best of Boston South Shore - Best Farm Stand Boston Magazine 2017

Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 3
Number of Part Time Staff 9
Number of Volunteers 20
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 75%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 12
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 9
Male: 3
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy --
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit No
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Governance


Board Chair Mr. R. Charles White
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Board Chair Term Jan 2017 - Jan 2020
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Lydia Adelfio Community Volunteer Voting
Helen Arnold Community Volunteer Voting
Richard Avery Retired Voting
Mark DeGiacomo Community Volunteer Voting
Eric Eisenhauer Community Volunteer Voting
Steve Ivas Ivas Environmental Voting
Benjamin H. Lacy Retired Voting
John McCarthy Community Volunteer Voting
Cindy Prentice Friends of Holly Hill Farm Voting
Jenn Schultz Community Volunteer Voting
Arthur White Community Volunteer Voting
Jean White Retired Voting
Jennifer White Community Volunteer Voting
R Charles White Community Volunteer Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 13
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 6
Male: 8
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy No
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 92%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018
Projected Income $623,145.00
Projected Expense $598,679.00
Form 990s

2016 Form 990

2015 Form 990

2014 Form 990

2013 Form 990

2012 Form 990

2011 Form 990

2010 Form 990

Audit Documents

2015 Reviewed Financials

2014 Reviewed Financials

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $456,184 $405,542 $251,633
Total Expenses $462,861 $391,356 $237,156

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- $0 --
Individual Contributions $95,021 $71,963 $83,695
Indirect Public Support -- $0 --
Earned Revenue $293,857 $268,779 $109,066
Investment Income, Net of Losses $26 $46 $45
Membership Dues $44,521 $38,636 $38,418
Special Events $22,759 $26,118 $20,409
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- $0 --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $385,996 $288,615 $143,709
Administration Expense $50,613 $51,482 $55,111
Fundraising Expense $26,252 $51,259 $38,336
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.99 1.04 1.06
Program Expense/Total Expenses 83% 74% 61%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 22% 52% 37%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $69,009 $79,446 $65,261
Current Assets $55,558 $64,401 $59,507
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Total Net Assets $69,009 $79,446 $65,261

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
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Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
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Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
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Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

In January 2015, the nonprofit Friends of Holly Hill Farm (established in 2002) took over fiscal and organizational management responsibilities for Holly Hill Farm. Prior to that point, Holly Hill Farm had been a for-profit farm whose business plan was to grow and sell certified organic seedlings, plants, vegetables, flowers and herbs. The increase in the size of the FHHF budget over time reflects that change. FHHF’s three-year Strategic Plan emphasizes our critical need for financially sustainability. To date, we have increased expenses for farming related infrastructure to enable our farmers to grow a greater quantity of organic produce. Our strategic planning process identified many steps needed to move FHHF towards the goal of improved best management practices and financial sustainability. Implementing these steps will require a combination of hard work performed by staff, the board, and community volunteers. The FHHF is actively seeking funding to support the hiring of several individuals to consult on creating a development plan, a marketing plan, an evaluation plan, and funds to create expanded educational field trip opportunities.

It is an exciting time for our organization – the interest in and demand for organic food is well established in our culture; the need to educate the community, especially children, about how food to grow food in ways that preserves the health of farm workers while preserving the land they cultivate is critical; and the need to replace technology, screens, and busy schedules with experiences in nature at places like Holly Hill Farm is so important for our health. Please join us on the journey toward healthy eating and living.

Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above are per the organization's IRS Form 990s. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available. 

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Impact

The Impact tab is a section on the Giving Common added in October 2013; as such the majority of nonprofits have not yet had the chance to complete this voluntary section. The purpose of the Impact section is to ask five deceptively simple questions that require reflection and promote communication about what really matters – results. The goal is to encourage strategic thinking about how a nonprofit will achieve its goals. The following Impact questions are being completed by nonprofits slowly, thoughtfully and at the right time for their respective organizations to ensure the most accurate information possible.


1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

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2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

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3. What are your organization’s capabilities for doing this?

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4. How will your organization know if you are making progress?

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5. What have and haven’t you accomplished so far?

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