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.

2022 - 2023 Academic Year Impact
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JVTF Apprentices & High School Interns
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Endorsements for Good School Food's Impact

Like a mentorship, you learn basic life skills and working skills. You have people teaching you and guiding you along the way. They’re teaching you things you normally wouldn’t have the opportunity to learn. Working on the WHS teaching farm has helped me feel more connected to the land. As a black urban farmer, I feel empowered, and this is something that can never be taken away.

— Sedrick Burton, Woodlawn High School Field Manager, Former JVTF Apprentice


“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, Parent of Good School Food Student

Mayor of Birmingham

“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, Mayor of Birmingham, Alabama


“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, 8th Grade Teacher at Phillips Academy

Birmingham City Schools Superintendent
“Jones Valley Teaching Farm is a vital partnership for Birmingham City Schools. It’s inspiring to see the work that has been done with this program that teaches and motivates our scholars and provides food for our communities. Not only has JVTF instilled in thousands of Birmingham City School scholars the importance of good food and nutrition, JVTF has shown students how to grow and cook their own food. And, JVTF is now providing professional pathways for students who have a passion for farming.”

— Dr. Mark A. Sullivan, Ed. D, Superintendent of Birmingham City Schools

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, Manager of Culinary Development, Community Partnerships, and Family Engagement, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

Additional Impact Facts & News


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 reportS.





International Association of Culinary Professionals 2021 Trailblazer Award

Alabama Works! Innovator Award 2021

Garden Club of America Elizabeth Abernathy Hull Award 2021

Vulcan Game Changer Award 2021

JVTF Apprentices profiled in Birmingham Business Journal’s NextGen: Rising Stars in Education and Workforce Development 2020

Amanda Storey, Executive Director, selected as a Thrillist Local Heroes of 2020

Amanda Storey, Executive Director, selected as one of 6 finalists in the 2020 Eagle Rare Life Awards presented by Garden & Gun magazine

Produce Marketing Association Impact Award Laureate (2020)

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)

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)

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.