January 22nd, 2020

Is there a unique crop that you plan to grow this year? H: Boc Choi! It’s a great culture mix for our field! J: Sweet Potatoes. I am excited to grow them because we haven’t grown them for years and I like that they have a long storage potential What makes your Teaching Farm unique?…

January 13th, 2020

Meet Destiny Nelson-Miles! Destiny has been involved with Jones Valley Teaching Farm since 2015 as a 6th grader at W.E. Putnam Middle School. At Putnam, she participated in Farm Club and Greenhouse Club, where she helped design and build a greenhouse. Destiny is now a junior at Woodlawn High School working on our Apprentice team….

January 10th, 2020
December 5th, 2019

Meet Joi-Lindsey Garrett and Zee Wilson. Joi joined our team in the Fall of 2016 as the Instructor at Henry J. Oliver Elementary School. Zee was in our first class of interns at Woodlawn High School during the 2016-2017 school year, and joined as Teaching Farm Apprentice in the Summer of 2018. Joi strives to…

December 4th, 2019

Meet Fernando Colunga and Jerick Hamilton! Fernando began volunteering at the Downtown Campus as a production intern in the summer of 2016, and was hired as an Instructor in the summer of 2018. Jerick was an intern at Woodlawn High School from his Junior year in 2016 through his graduation in 2018. Jerick joined as…

December 4th, 2019

Meet Avant Claiborne! Avant is currently a senior at Woodlawn High School and an Intern on the Teaching Farm. Although he has been involved with the Teaching Farm since his freshman year, he joined JVTF in the Fall of 2018 as a junior and enjoyed his first year as an intern so much he decided…

December 4th, 2019

Meet Alder Feroce and Marisa Sitz. Alder joined Jones Valley as a Teaching Farm Fellow in 2016 and was stationed at Phillips Academy and our Downtown Campus. Alder accepted the Instructor position at Glen Iris Elementary in 2017.  Marisa started working at Glen Iris Elementary School in the spring of 2019 as a Title I…

December 3rd, 2019

Meet Alan Gurganus and Telvin Caples, JVTF’s current team on the Teaching Farm at Avondale Elementary School. Alan is a champion of sustainability and has led in science and environmental education efforts since 2001. Alan joined as the Instructor at Avondale Elementary in the Spring of 2018. Telvin was an intern at Woodlawn High School…

November 26th, 2019
FALL | 19
November 15th, 2019

Birmingham City School students returned for another semester, JVTF welcomed a new class of Woodlawn High School Interns, summer crops were replaced with cool weather crops, volunteers supported JVTF throughout our sites, and endless amounts of hard work went into the success of this Fall! DURING SCHOOL: PreK students used their senses to explore the Teaching…

November 14th, 2019

We often get asked the simple question “What does a typical day look like?” The answer is, every day at Jones Valley Teaching Farm is different and our plans can change as quickly as the weather. Below is an outline of a day in the life of Teaching Farm Apprentice Corniqua “Nene” Murphy from the…

October 29th, 2019
October 3rd, 2019
August 12th, 2019

This summer, Jones Valley Teaching Farm hosted Camp Grow — a free, three-week summer program on the Teaching Farm at Woodlawn High School offered to 20 middle school students from Hayes-K8 and Putnam Middle School. Camp Grow focused on all things culinary including skills in the kitchen (such as knife-handling, seasoning various dishes, and exploring different…

Gather | July 2019
July 12th, 2019

In 2019, Jones Valley Teaching Farm recruited Gather hosts for two separate weekends during the summer.  Hosts coordinated a dinner of their own design and invited their friends to gather with them around a table to celebrate and support Jones Valley Teaching Farm’s Good School Food program. Our final Gather weekend of 2019 took place July…

July 1st, 2019
Fall Production Internship
June 21st, 2019

Position Description The Production Internship is an opportunity for a select number of participants to learn and practice a variety of skills related to urban farming and small scale mixed vegetable production. Your can learn more about our work at Our Farmers work hard to be both efficient and experimental with our farming practices…

Farm Stand Grand Opening
May 12th, 2019

In the Spring of 2018, Jones Valley Teaching Farm received a grant through the Healthy Food Financing Program of the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs for a Farm Stand at the Woodlawn High School Teaching Farm. Soon after, sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students from W.E. Putnam Middle School and C.W. Hayes K-8 school…

Gather 101
May 2nd, 2019

WHAT IS GATHER? The Gather concept is a smart, of-the-moment fundraising idea that lends itself to seasonal entertaining opportunities throughout the year. The roots of the program are togetherness, food, generosity, and community. Particularly in the South, sharing food with those we care about is a longstanding, important tradition. Most of us grew up with…

Design-Build at Woodlawn High School: Vermicompost Bins!
March 12th, 2019

Exciting things have been happening on the Teaching Farm at Woodlawn High School! This February, two Environmental Science classes (lead by Scotty Feltman, WHS Program Director, and other JVTF Staff) completed an impressive design-build project: vermicompost bins! This unit served as a hands-on immersion into the concept of Nutrient Cycling, nature’s method of recycling. This…

Farm Club Fun
October 12th, 2018

Jones Valley Teaching Farm is kicking off our Fall Farm Clubs! Farm Club is a free after-school program that is offered during the spring and fall semesters at each of our partner schools. Farm Club engages students in hands-on activities that emphasize teamwork while building farm and culinary skills. During Farm Club, small groups of…

Gather 2017
May 24th, 2017

On May 13, 2017 friends and families “gathered” in homes, workplaces, and restaurants to raise awareness and $50,000 in support of Jones Valley Teaching Farm’s Good School Food program in Birmingham City Schools.   We are overwhelmed by the level of support we received at each of the 17 Gather events held on one single…

Student-Run Farmers Markets: Spring 2017 Schedule
April 19th, 2017

Student-Run Farmers Markets are up and running just in time for Spring!   From now until the week of May 18th, please stop by a Student-Run Farmers Market to purchase some fresh, local produce. Produce is grown at each school site and on our downtown farm. Students at each of our partner schools are responsible…

Downtown Farm Produce Stand Open for Business!
March 27th, 2017

Spring has arrived, and Jones Valley Teaching Farm’s Produce Stand is open for business!   From now until October, the stand will be stocked daily with fresh, seasonal produce from our downtown farm: current selections include arugula, green onions, collards, kale and carrots. The stand is self-serve; we accept cash or check for payment, which…