Tulare County Ag Youth

united for the purpose to economically support the youth of Tulare County, who are involved in Agriculture and to help promote Ag Education

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Who We Are

Tulare County Foundation for Ag Education and Youth is a voluntary non-profit organization. We are a diversified board of individuals who united for the purpose to economically support the youth of Tulare County, who are involved in Agriculture and to help promote Ag Education.

Tulare County Foundation for Ag Education and Youth is governed by a 13 member Board of Director’s consisting of the Executive Board and 9 Board members.

Tulare County Foundation for Ag Education and Youth was founded in 1993, reactivated in 2012,  but renamed in 2020.

Mission Statement

Tulare County Foundation for Ag Education and Youth celebrates the heritage of agriculture through the bounty of the county and works to ensure a legacy of agricultural literacy.

We Can’t Do it Without You

Since 2020 the foundation has given out over $315,000 to kids and organizations in Tulare County. With your support we hope to continue our efforts!

The foundation will further its work to preserve and enrich the agricultural heritage of Tulare County by showcasing agriculture and its use. We offer support to 4-H and FFA programs by promoting public awareness and support for ongoing projects. Thank you in advance for your support it takes everyone to get involved to make a difference.

Testimonials

“Thank you so much for supporting my FFA lamb project.  This project taught me more about hard work, being consistent and determination.  The profits from this year will go to my next year’s project.  I am so grateful for you!”

Adysen, Redwood FFA

Testimonials

“Thank you for supporting me and my goat project.  This was my first time raising a goat.  I learned a lot about how to feed him properly and how to groom him.  I plan to use the money for future projects and also for savings for college.  Thank you for your generosity.”

Cindy, Strathmore FFA

Testimonials

“I am truly grateful for your contribution to my chicken project.  Thanks to you I will pay off my debts related to my project and save for next year’s project.  I hope you keep helping students in the future.  I can’t thank you enough for helping me.”

Pablo, Woodlake FFA

Testimonials

“It is humbling to think of the many exhibitors who have come before me, I strive to live up to the standards they have set.  All of the success that I had with my lamb project would not be possible without the generous support of community members like you.  I plan to use the money I earned to pay for next year’s lamb and save towards college.  Thank you for helping my dreams become a reality.  I am very proud to live in a community where students are strongly supported.”

Kaydence, El Diamante FFA

Testimonials

“I just wanted to say thank you for your Ag Grant to my 2022 Tulare County Fair project.  After a lot of hard work and dedication, Brooks and I did well for our very first time in the show ring.  This is just the beginning!  The profits from this year will go far for my 2023 FFA project.  Your support means so much to me!”

ABBY, Golden West FFA

Testimonials

“Thank you for your support with the donation from your Ag Grant.  I loved raising my steer named Oreo this year.  It is because of kind hearted people like you that kids like me get to live our dreams.  Thank you!”

Cameron, Elbow Creek 4-H

Testimonials

“Thank you for your Ag Grant. It is greatly appreciated. Without your help and support it wouldn’t be possible.”

Kaylee

Testimonials

“Thank you so much for your generous donation towards my dairy replacement project.  I had a blast showing at the fair this year.  Thanks again for your support.”

Caleb, CVC FFA

Testimonials

“Thank you for supporting me and my heifer project.  I really appreciate all your support.”

Daniel, St. Aloysius 4-H

Get Involved

Grants

The Foundation’s goal is to economically support the youth of Tulare County who are involved in agriculture to help promote agricultural education. Grants are for organizations that are supporting this goal.

Scholarships

Scholarships are given to students that are Tulare County FFA Chapter Members. We give out several a year. 

Membership

NEW for 2024, we’ve created the Foundation Club Membership where we will continue
to provide support for youth through a variety of opportunities.

A Letter from the Board

We appreciate your generousity!

January 2, 2024
Dear Friends of the Tulare County Foundation For Ag Education and Youth, The Tulare County  Foundation for Ag Education and Youth would like to “Thank You” for helping to support the board’s mission and team as we invest in the youth of Tulare County.  We are proud of the difference we have made since the Foundation began its efforts.  Your support and donations have allowed us to help encourage and invest in our youth that have a passion for agriculture.

Since 2020 we have been able to support Tulare County youth who have exhibited livestock projects at the Tulare County Fair and Porterville Fair through the Ag grants program. Grant recipients are required to complete an application and in-person interview discussing their project and what they have learned.

Along with our grant program, our Foundation was able to support 4-H and FFA kids by purchasing
animals at both the Porterville Fair in May 2023 and the Tulare County Fair in September 2023.
Approximately $22,500 was donated in this effort supporting 36 exhibitors.  The goal of this program is to support those exhibitors who do not have a buyer for their project and help provide a minimum level of financial support. The animals that were purchased are then “resold commercially” to be able help support as many exhibitors as possible.

In 2023, the Foundation launched the “Sow the Seeds” scholarship program, to provide financial
assistance for students’ first-time livestock projects exhibited at the Tulare County Fair. The program
provided applicants with startup proceeds for a lamb or dairy heifer project for the Tulare County Fair. Applicants were recommended by their advisor, completed an application and in person interview prior to being awarded the grant. The proceeds were directly paid to the feed and supply vendors on the exhibitors’ behalf. The program supported two dairy heifers from Vtech as well as 7 lamb projects between Vtech and Exeter FFA. In 2024, we plan to open the “Sow the Seeds” scholarship program to all small livestock and ag mechanics projects to be exhibited at the Tulare County and Porterville Fairs.

The Foundation continues to support the COS Jumpstart Program and in 2023 we provided $10,000 to underwrite 10 participants through the program. This program benefits Tulare County by providing youth with education in various trades that support the agriculture industry. We seek to continue to be a partner with COS and the Jumpstart Program.

In addition, we were able to provide financial support and volunteerism with other organizations like the Strathmore High School FFA Kiddie Day, Happy Trails Riding Academy, Imagine U Children’s Museum, California Youth Ag Expo, Summit Charter Academy, St. Anne’s School, and students who competed at the National FFA National Convention representing Tulare County.

In total since 2020 the Tulare County Foundation for Ag Education & Youth has been able to provide
$387,000 in financial support to the Tulare County youth involved in agriculture. This is able to be
completed due to the generosity and support of our supporters!!!

In 2024, we seek to continue many of the great causes noted above as well as rolling out the  inaugural Tulare County Ag Foundation Trade Scholarship that will provide financial support COS attendees enrolled in a trade certificate program and help defray materials costs associated with the program.

To be able to continue Foundation’s mission of supporting the youth of Tulare County who are
interested and actively involved in agriculture will require continued financial support and fundraising.

In 2024, we are rolling out the Foundation Club which is a 3-year commitment of an annual financial
pledge of $10,000 to support the Foundation’s causes. Please consider supporting the Foundation by
the attending the 3rd annual Evening in Wild Wild West on March 16, 2024, where we will honor Brian and Patti Watte as this year’s “Friends of the Foundation.” In addition, look out for the annual Fall Raffle and Fall Festival Cornhole tournament with a date to be determined.

Thank you in advance for your continued support of the Tulare County Foundation for Ag Education and Youth and the support of the kids of Tulare County.  It takes the efforts of everyone involved to make a difference and we appreciate you!  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Tulare County Foundation for Ag Education and Youth President Brett Lew at (559) 967-5607 or email us at info@tcagyouth.org!

With Gratitude,

The Tulare County Foundation For Ag Education and Youth Board of Directors