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Education : Adult Education Programs and Services

The Farm School

Spend a year with us, launch a lifetime of farming

three stars

86.10

488 Moore Hill Road Athol, MA 01331
tel: (978) 249-9944   Web Site
EIN: 22-2959081

Board Leadership
Peter Agoos
President

CEO
Patrick Connors
Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 86.10 three stars
  Financial 94.98 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 81.00 three stars
This rating was published 03/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Since The Farm School first began providing practical farm training for adults, its Learn to Farm program has graduated over 100 students into lives enriched by agriculture. Outside of one's own family farm, there really is no other place that comes close to The Farm School in providing training in the myriad of skills needed to operate an economically viable small farm. Forestry, animal husbandry, carpentry, mechanics, business planning and marketing join organic vegetable production at the center of the year-long program. Here, every day and in every way, students learn to farm by farming. Growing food for a 175 member CSA, a vibrant Farmers' Market and a 50 member meat and egg CSA and managing 150 acres of productive forest land is the core of life and learning on the farm.

Since The Farm School first began providing practical farm training for adults, its Learn to Farm program has graduated over 100 students into lives enriched by agriculture. Outside of one's own family farm, there really is no other place that comes close to The Farm School in providing training in the myriad of skills needed to operate an economically viable small farm. Forestry, animal husbandry, carpentry, mechanics, business planning and marketing join organic vegetable production at the center of the year-long program. Here, every day and in every way, students learn to farm by farming. Growing food for a 175 member CSA, a vibrant Farmers' Market and a 50 member meat and egg CSA and managing 150 acres of productive forest land is the core of life and learning on the farm.

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Financial

four stars

94.98

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

81.00

This rating was published 03/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
76.2%
  Administrative Expenses 14.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 9.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.15
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.33
  Program Expenses Growth 13.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 4.6%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Farm School on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Farm School on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Farm School (MA) 86.10 three stars
Agriculture Future of America (MO) 98.88 four stars
Cornucopia Institute Incorporated (WI) 94.57 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,006,414
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,006,414
   Program Service Revenue $636,904
Total Primary Revenue $1,643,318
   Other Revenue $183,576
TOTAL REVENUE $1,826,894
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,383,198
   Administrative Expenses $252,140
   Fundraising Expenses $137,220
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,772,558
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $54,336
   
Net Assets $2,177,936

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Farm-Based Education $1,383,198 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 03/01/2019 86.10 three stars
2016-12 05/01/2018 85.49 three stars
2015-12 04/01/2017 82.23 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 83.17 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2013-12 11/01/2015 81.81 three stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 22-2959081
Name in IRS Master File THE FARM SCHOOL INC
NTEE Code [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Classification [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Type [Not Provided by IRS]
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (46) Private school
Foundation Status School 170(b)(1)(A)(ii)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date June, 1989
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$67,983 3.83% Patrick Connors President
Other Salaries of Note
$99,048 5.58% Benjamin Holmes Farm Founder

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Farm School (MA) 86.10 three stars
Cornucopia Institute Incorporated (WI) 94.57 four stars
Agriculture Future of America (MO) 98.88 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

The Farm School
488 Moore Hill Road
Athol, MA 01331
tel: (978) 249-9944
EIN: 22-2959081

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Board Leadership

Peter Agoos
President

CEO

Patrick Connors
Director

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