Food is our foundation; people grow here. Jones Valley Teaching Farm uses food as a foundation so that young people can lead, create, and grow a healthy future for themselves and their community.
We envision communities 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 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 operate 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.