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The impact of hands-on food-based education is clear.

A robust, human-centered evaluation strategy.

Since launching Good School Food, we have developed a rigorous system for measuring the program. Using both qualitative and quantitative methods to evaluate our work, we use the results to craft the most impactful program possible for our students.

Additional Impact Facts & News
University of Alabama at Birmingham Partnership

Jones Valley Teaching Farm has partnered with Dr. Matthew Fifolt, Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health (UAB-SOPH) to study Good School Food through a qualitative lens. We invite you to read his research, published in the Journal of Experiential Education, about our work. Click on the links below to download Dr. Fifolt’s report.




Women’s Committee of 100 for Birmingham’s Entrepreneurial Award (2019)

Birmingham Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International’s Non-Profit Organization Award (2018)

Jefferson County Department of Health, Public Health Champion Healthiest Nation 2030 (2018)

Birmingham Business Journal, Nonprofit Award Winner (2017)

Recipient of proceeds from Breakin’ Bread (2016, 2017, 2018)

Cameron J. Miller Award for Excellence and Community Service (given to Bradley Arant employee, Fritz Spainhour, who designated the money to go to us, $10,000, in 2013)

Included in the “Good Food Org Guide” developed by The James Beard Foundation, Food Tank, and Valrhona, along with a prestigious advisory group of food system experts

Stories and Reflections about Good School Food's Impact
Woodlawn High School Teaching Farm Intern

“Every day when I come here, I think about having fun and doing what I am supposed to do, but every day that I come out here I think about my future. Here. Like, what I want to do three years from now. I know I want to do something with Jones Valley.” — Jerick Hamilton

Parent of Good School Food Student

“As a result of my son’s activity with Good School Food, he has discovered an interest in gardening, learned the importance of agriculture, developed his marketing and entrepreneurial instincts, learned more about conservation, and contributed to the development of an on-site greenhouse. I’m certain he has learned skills that he will utilize for a lifetime.” — Cyrenthia Linton

Mayor of Birmingham, Alabama

“The farm is not just about food. It is about teaching. It is about investing. It’s about pouring in and giving back, and it’s about growth and maturity for our youngest generation. I can tell you that Jones Valley Teaching Farm has a very promising place in Birmingham’s growth and future.” — Randall L. Woodfin

8th Grade Teacher at Phillips Academy

“This school year, my 8th-grade world history students spent four days at JVTF immersed in the most hands-on lesson of the agricultural revolution that I have ever witnessed. Bringing ancient world history to life for 13-year-olds is an incredible challenge, to say the least, but the Good School Food Instructors were able to turn the teaching farm into an exciting outdoor classroom where students literally used all five senses to learn about one of the most crucial changes in human history. The impact this lesson had on students could be measured in both quantitative as well as qualitative data. The experience had a strong correlation to students’ overall understanding of the content, and student reflections illustrated personal growth and enjoyment in the learning process.” — John Mark Edwards

Director of Economic Development, City of Birmingham
“That’s incredible skill development [through the Apprenticeship Program at Jones Valley Teaching Farm] that’s tough to replicate anywhere. But the fact that they do it in a way that is creative and engaging, engages the mind and the body, is really appealing. And I think that they’re going to generate the type of talent that won’t just be growing vegetables downtown; they’ll be growing businesses.”  — Josh Carpenter
Manager of Culinary Development, Community Partnerships, and Family Engagement, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

“There’s a need for the Jones Valley Teaching Farm model of education, with its outdoor classroom, outdoor involvement tied to the curriculum, in Charlotte. It’s so important the way JVTF has a constant presence at the schools, and Charlotte has the potential to impact students in our 176 schools with this. The JVTF model is outstanding and creates an internal support network that benefits schools without them taking on the burden. Every chance I get, I always turn the conversation to the work JVTF is doing.” — Jody Francisco