Better Business Bureau Report for
Food Literacy Project at Oxmoor Farm

Better Business Bureau Report issued May 2017
Better Business Bureau Report expires May 2019

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Food Literacy Project at Oxmoor Farm
Address: 9001 Limehouse Lane
  Louisville, KY 40222
Phone: 502-491-0072
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 2006, Kentucky
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Transforming youth and their communities through food, farming and the land.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Food Literacy Project at Oxmoor Farm meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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In a time of great concern about rising obesity rates, lack of access to fresh foods, as well as the cultural disconnection between people, food and the earth, The Food Literacy Project inspires a new generation to build healthy relationships with food, farming, and the land. The nonprofit envisions a just and sustainable food system that cultivates healthy citizens. Piloted in 2005 to test the idea of exposing young people to working models of urban agriculture, the organization was formally incorporated in 2006 after positive feedback from the local community. Currently, they offer the only farm-based education program available to the Louisville community. In 2014, more than 80% of the students they served qualified for free-or-reduced-price school lunch. Since 2006, over 25,000 youth and families have become participants in a sustainable food system by getting their hands dirty, harvesting, cooking, and eating fresh foods, and engaging in the work of farming. The organization engages youth and families through its comprehensive Field-to-Fork Program, including Farm-Based Education, Professional Development, Family Engagement, Youth Development, Community Outreach and Food Access programs. Youth and families explore healthful foods on an 8-acre organic vegetable farm, experience the work of farming, and harvest, cook and eat vegetables fresh from the fields through its teen Youth Community Agriculture Program and school and farm-based Family Engagement programs. Participants discover the power of growing, cooking and eating real foods, while increasing leadership skills and supportive relationships. Experiential learning opportunities on the farm give many young people their first positive experience with healthful foods. Teens in the nonprofit's Youth Community Agriculture Program (YCAP) grow as leaders through work experience, training, and community engagement.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016, Food Literacy Project at Oxmoor Farm's program expenses were:

Farm Based Education 156,751
Youth Community Agriculture Program 59,132
Field to Fork Club & Family Engagement 34,784
Community Outreach 31,305
Food Access & Professional Development 13,913
Total Program Expenses: $295,885
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Chief Executive : Carol Gundersen, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Adam Price
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Director of Grant Accounting/Volunteers of America

Board Size: 11

Paid Staff Size: 11

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

Direct mail, invitations to fund raising events, grant proposals, internet.
Fund raising costs were 10% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $343,917, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
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Tax Status


This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.
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The following information is based on Food Literacy Project at Oxmoor Farm's unaudited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016.

Ending net assets as reported are unrestricted net assets.

Total assets as reported include $44,544 invested in buildings and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation

Source of Funds  
Contributions 200,963
Government Grants 79,220
Foundation/Corp Grants 46,500
Special Events 17,234
Program Revenue 12,803
Interest 325
Total Income $357,045


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 85%  Fund Raising: 10%  Administrative: 5% 

Total income $357,045
Program expenses $295,885
Fund raising expenses 34,397
Administrative expenses 17,554
Total expenses $347,836
Income in Excess of Expenses 9,209
Beginning net assets 364,863
Ending net assets 374,072
Total liabilities 3,483
Total assets $377,555

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