Jones Valley Teaching Farm is excited to announce Amanda Storey as our next Executive Director. Amanda served as JVTF’s Director of Partnerships over the last year. Coincidentally, it was the organization’s most successful annual fundraising campaign to date.   Amanda is an effective and thoughtful leader. She has an impressive track record of leading […]

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Position Description The Teaching Farm Fellow supports Jones Valley Teaching Farm (JVTF) staff between July 2016 to July 2017 in one of several roles at the organization. Each role supports our work and furthers our mission. We are looking to assess individual skill sets to determine where you best fit into JVTF’s work. You can […]

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Position Description The Good School Food Instructor leads all aspects of Jones Valley Teaching Farm’s food and nutrition education program in one of our six partner schools.   The Good School Food (GSF) Instructor will design and deliver rigorous and innovative garden­based curricula with the support of the Jones Valley Teaching Farm (JVTF) education team. The Instructor will […]

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Jones Valley Teaching Farm Urban Farm Assistant Field Manager   Position Description   The Assistant Field Manager is responsible for supporting the Field Manager in performing and coordinating the day-to-day farm operations on our 3-acre urban teaching farm in downtown Birmingham, Alabama. The Assistant Field Manager’s focus is on and in the field—performing many farm […]


Jones Valley Teaching Farm Woodlawn High School Urban Farm Manager   Position Description   The Woodlawn High School (WHS) Urban Farm Manager leads all aspects of production on the WHS Urban Farm campus. The Urban Farm Manager will collaborate with the Farm Director and the WHS Program Director to launch an innovative program that supports […]

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October is National Farm to School Month and at Jones Valley Teaching Farm, students experience Farm to School every day in our Farm Labs located at our partner schools in Birmingham, Alabama.   In our Farm Labs, every season involves pulling out the old and planting the new – with students. Good School Food (GSF) Instructors work […]

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At the beginning of each school year, Good School Food Instructors teach introductory lessons and facilitate activities to help students get reacquainted with Farm Lab. This August each eighth grader at Putnam Middle School worked in teams to create their own quick-pickled okra recipe. Students harvested okra from Farm Lab, processed it, and building on a […]

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This is the first school year we’ve begun with five fully-operational, fully-staffed Farm Labs! We have hundreds of students using these outdoor classrooms each day, and one way to help everyone have safe and fun learning experiences is to communicate expectations clearly and consistently. Below are some of the signs we’ve installed in each of our five Farm Labs, including […]


Farm Studio is our summer project-based learning program, hosted at our downtown farm. Last month twenty middle school students from Birmingham City Schools completed Farm Studio 2015: Food & Community. Students spent two weeks with us on the farm, exploring ideas around food & community and designing and building tables as their final projects.   A key element […]


What happens when you put a math and science coach, an art teacher, and a Farm Lab teacher in the same room? You get a powerful collaboration that can transform teaching and learning behaviors. Through Project-Based Learning (PBL), educators and students are stretching beyond their comfort zones, learning from each other’s strengths and weaknesses, and […]