Solving for Food Insecurity, Educational Equity and Youth Employment

Responding to the Covid-19 Pandemic

Since March 2020, COVID-19 has exacerbated the many issues that exist concerning educational inequities and food insecurity, challenging us to do even more. In response:

  • We utilized our Teaching Farms to grow over 12,000 pounds of produce and 8,000 seedlings to share at no cost with our neighbors.
  • We converted our Good School Food lessons to digital form and piloted a successful virtual summer camp; providing free and open access to students and families.
  • We prioritized our commitment to employing 13 youth apprentices and continued to invest in their personal and professional growth.
Support Our Mission

With additional challenges ahead of us this year, Jones Valley Teaching Farm is committed to the well being of our city’s youth. For this academic year, we are focused and dedicating our resources to:

Increase Food Security

  • Our farmers will continue to grow food to provide free fresh produce to students and families.

Increase Equitable Access to Remote Educational Resources

  • Our Instructors and Apprentices will deliver engaging and dynamic instruction into students’ homes and classrooms across Birmingham through our Good School Food virtual experience.

Increase Employment Opportunities for Youth

  • Our paid Apprenticeship will continue to employ young people who play a vital role in the future of Jones Valley Teaching Farm.

At Jones Valley Teaching Farm, we use food — specifically growing food — as a foundation for young people to grow.

Join us as we envision a Birmingham inspired by food and transformed by youth.

Please consider giving a gift to ensure that every young person in Birmingham – no matter their zip code – will thrive this year.