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Our Path Forward

The Center for Food Education

The Center for Food Education will anchor Jones Valley Teaching Farm’s work and create a dynamic community hub that will allow us to reach more students, teachers, and community members than ever before. The Center will position Birmingham as a national leader and model for food-based education and workforce development.

The Impact

The Center for Food Education will increase our capacity to serve our community and will be home to:

  • Daily field trips and Good School Food instruction for more students
  • Community gardening and culinary programming
  • Professional development and training for educators
  • Increased employment opportunities for graduates of Birmingham City Schools
Ready To Grow

“Using food as a platform to educate, develop workforce readiness, provide economic opportunities, andunite communities is a deeply inspiring endeavor. Jones Valley Teaching Farm is truly changing lives through food and the Ready to Grow campaign is essential to expanding their impact. I am humbled to partner with corporate and civic leaders to create a permanent space to deliver their mission.” – Nick Willis, Greater Alabama Regional President, PNC Bank, Ready to Grow Campaign Co-Chair, and JVTF Board Member.

The Ready to Grow campaign will publicly launch in 2021 and allow members of the Birmingham community and beyond a chance to support this flagship learning center.

We are grateful to our Campaign Co-Chairs Pardis Stitt, co-owner Bottega, Highlands Bar & Grill, Chez Fonfon, and Bottega Café; and Nick Willis, Greater Alabama Regional President, PNC Bank; our Steering and Major Gifts Committees and the many partners that have already invested in the $7.58 million campaign to build the Center for Food Education.

For more information please contact Nicole Carpenter, Director of Development, at