With rows of crops visible from Birmingham’s interstate system and skyscrapers, Jones Valley Teaching Farm’s Downtown Campus is a beacon for individuals who are passionate about food and food production practices.
The Downtown Campus is bordered by a cedar split-rail fence—but our gates are open seven days a week for visitors to explore. Formal staff-led tours for groups can be arranged Monday through Friday around our regular programming and production schedules. For more information about visiting and general inquiries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org .
The Downtown Farm Campus offers robust volunteer opportunities with more than 2,500 hours of service recorded in 2018.
Volunteer opportunities are available to individuals and to organized groups of college affiliates, corporations, civic groups, and others.
Individuals are welcome to attend our seasonal open volunteer hours held 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m., Tuesdays and Fridays, from March through November on the Downtown Campus. Volunteer activities vary with the season and weather. Volunteer activities are not suited for children under 12. Youth ages 12 and up must be accompanied by an adult.
Volunteer groups are accepted on a case-by-case basis year-round. Group sizes may range from 5 to 40 participants. Volunteer groups typically spend 3+ hours on site. Opportunities may be scheduled Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. according to the regular production schedule.
Group volunteer opportunities are not suited for children under the age of 14. Youth ages 14-17 must be accompanied by adult chaperones
All volunteers sign a liability waiver in advance of service. Sturdy closed-toe shoes are required. Hats, water bottles, sunscreen, and gloves are recommended.
For adults interested in growing their farm skills, the Downtown Farm Campus team leads seasonal unpaid production internships.
Are you interested in learning more about volunteering and/or the production internship? Please use the form below to send us a note, and we will add you to our volunteer newsletter!