Authentic and meaningful learning experiences

Field trips at JVTF’s Center for Food Education are wrapped around our flagship program, Good School Food. Every Good School Food lesson and field trip aligns with the Alabama Course of Study. This hands-on education model connects students to food, farming, and the culinary arts through standards-based, cross-curricular lessons during the school day.

We are currently scheduling schools for the 2023-2024 & 2024-2025 school years.


We offer two field trip experiences: Farm and Culinary. Farm programming will see the students tour our cultivation fields with our staff and explore topics like the growing cycle, pollination, the benefits of growing food, etc., and will conclude with a taste test of some of the produce grown right here at the Center for Food Education. Culinary programming will primarily see students in our culinary studio where they will prepare a short recipe with our instructors; and explore topics like the history of soul food, fractions in the kitchen, food origins, etc. Culinary field trips will have a small farm activity such as assisting our instructors with harvesting or a quick tour around the farm.


  • Culinary: January, February, March
  • Farm: April, May, September, October, November


  • Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays
  • 2 hours: 9:00–11:00am OR 12:00–2:00pm

  • All requests must be received at least two weeks in advance of the preferred date of visit. All requests will be considered based upon availability and capacity.


  • Student: $10

  • Chaperone: $15

  • Teachers: Free

  • Field trip experiences are limited to 50 students for Farm Experiences and 40 students for Culinary Experiences per time slot. If your group is larger, please book a second time slot to accommodate your group’s needs.

Need more information? Read our Field Trip Programming Guide here.

* All programs are free to BCS students due to generous support from BCS and public and private partners.