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Good Community Food

Jones Valley Teaching Farm is committed to improving access to fresh food and building food-resilient, healthy, and connected communities in Birmingham. Good Community Food (GCF) is a citywide initiative designed to strengthen the local food system by increasing food access, providing agricultural skills-based training, and sharing resources with urban growers and community gardens.

Food Access

Our farmers create crop plans with a focus on seasonal diversity, innovation, and soil health. Our Teaching Farms are home to more than 200 varieties of vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers. Each year, we harvest thousands of pounds of fresh produce from our seven sites. This bounty is utilized in our Good School Food educational programming and shared across the city through our Farm Stands, Harvest Share program, and with the help of our community partner distribution network at no cost to residents.

If you are moved to support JVTF’s efforts to build food-resilient, healthy, and connected communities, donations are also accepted at the farm stands and online.

Fellowship

JVTF’s Good Community Food Fellowship is an exceptional training opportunity for urban growers. Good Community Food Fellows explore issues and develop confidence and strategies to support their vision of a resilient and equitable food system. Over the course of 9 months, Fellows attend a series of learning opportunities led by local farmers and chefs, where they gain practical farming and culinary skills. Fellows deepen their practice by applying what they learn in the management of individual community garden plots at the Center for Food Education. Individuals who complete the fellowship will be eligible to apply for assistance to establish or expand existing community gardens throughout Birmingham.

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Workshop Series

Jones Valley Teaching Farm hosts culinary and agricultural workshops in partnership with the Alabama Cooperative Extension at the Center for Food Education. All experience levels are welcome. There is no cost to attend; however, there are limited seats available. Please pre-register to attend.

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