Each year the Birmingham Originals —a group of passionate individuals developing locally owned and operated restaurants in Birmingham, Alabama— hosts an incredibly fun food festival called Breakin’ Bread. This “Local Flavor Festival” features unlimited food sampling, craft beer and wine, kid-friendly activities, and a cooking competition.
The Birmingham Originals also donates generously to local non-profit partners thanks to proceeds generated from Breakin’ Bread and we were thrilled to learn that Jones Valley Teaching Farm will be the recipient this year. We will dedicate that funding to support students we work with at the Woodlawn High School Urban Farm (WHS Urban Farm). Completed in 2015, the WHS Urban Farm is a two-acre urban farm built for and managed by Woodlawn High School students. The program is anchored by three core components: urban farming, science classes, and a food business.
Urban Farm: The 2-acre farm includes a heated and cooled greenhouse, bio-retention pond, office and teaching space, and produce processing and storage facilities. WHS Urban Farm serves as the anchor for Jones Valley Teaching Farm’s overall WHS program. The farm is managed by WHS Urban Farm Manager and Woodlawn High School graduate, Mohamed Jalloh.
Science Classes: Students are challenged by hands-on, place-based, and project-based learning in this space throughout the school day. They explore and develop solutions to food problems while developing their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) literacy and skills. The program is managed by Mr. Scotty Feltman (Environmental Science teacher at Woodlawn High School). He is supported by Teaching Farm Fellow, Emily Johnson.
Food Business: This school year, Jones Valley Teaching Farm launched a Co-Op employment opportunity at WHS Urban Farm. Five students will work closely with the WHS Urban Farm team to design, launch, and operate a food enterprise that will give them hands-on business experience—from sales and marketing to operations and finance—and an opportunity to act as community leaders.
IMPORTANT DETAILS TO KNOW NOW:
What: 14th Annual Breakin’ Bread
Date: Sunday, September 25
Time: 1 pm – 5 pm
Where: Sloss Furnaces
Admission: $35 (Includes unlimited food samples + 2 drink tickets)
VIP Admission: $99 (Includes unlimited food sampling and drinks, access to the exclusive lounge area, and gift bags.)
Children 12 and Under: FREE
Tickets available at www.breakinbreadbham.com
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Your attendance and support of the 14th Annual Breakin’ Bread event will support WHS Urban Farm program and provide scholarships that will impact Woodlawn High School Co-Op students directly.We are thankful for your continued commitment and support of Jones Valley Teaching Farm! We will see you next Sunday at the 14th Annual Breakin’ Bread!