Through the power of food, Jones Valley Teaching Farm (JVTF) creates opportunities for academic exploration, environmental stewardship, personal growth and leadership, and pathways to employment. Food is our foundation; people grow here.
We envision a Birmingham inspired by food and transformed by youth.
JVTF’s flagship program is a Pre-K-12 food-based education model rooted in academic standards delivered to Birmingham City School students by JVTF Instructors and Graduate Apprentices. Through cross-curricular experiential lessons during school, after school and now, at home, students use food, farming, and the culinary arts as a foundation for academic exploration, leadership and pursuit of post-secondary pathways.
We design and build vibrant outdoor learning spaces called Teaching Farms on school campuses. Click here to see our seven sites and school partners.
Research shows that our Good School Food program cultivates responsibility, builds strong relationships with peers, and creates opportunities for students to develop life skills such as leadership, confidence, and teamwork.