State Reports

State Summary 2017 — 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

CFA programs include: Food, Fiber and More Summer AgriCULTURE Institute, Colorado Readers, Activity Books, Colorado Literacy Program, Colorado Kids with Newspapers in Action, promoting the Curriculum Matrix, and providing print and electronic resources for Colorado teachers and students.

Major Program Accomplishments or Outputs

Distributed Colorado Readers on the following topics: What is Agriculture History of Colorado Agriculture Renewable Energy Cool Earthy Careers Wonderful Water Pigs, Hogs, Swine Ranching Reader

Converted Cattle in Colorado History Activity Book to an online interactive e-publication.

Distributed over, 8000 Cattle in Colorado History and 3000 Wool and Sheep Activity Books. Distribute 200 Sheep Ecology DVDs.

Presented information about agriculture to 200 science teachers at the Colorado Science Convention and to 1000 teacher at the Reading Conference. 90 teachers took our Food, Fiber & More Summer Institutes.

Distributed CFA Comic called Watershed Defender.

Sent out 3 E-newsletters highlight new materials and resources about agriculture.

Major Program Impacts or Outcomes

40,000 fourth and fifth grade students received information about agriculture through the Colorado Reader series seven times during the school year.

Produced 4 issues of the Colorado Kids that was distributed via the Denver Post. Reached over 200,000 Colorado residents.

Arranged to have 260 classrooms read a book about agriculture by Colorado farmers and ranchers.


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 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 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.

The mission of the Colorado Foundation for Agriculture (CFA) is to educate the public about the significance of agriculture and how food, fiber, and natural resources impact their lives. The CFA is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational corporation, established in 1991, to promote agriculture literacy in Colorado.