Using food as a foundation so that young people can lead, create, and grow a healthy future for themselves and their community
Food is at the foundation of everything, which enables Jones Family Teaching Farm to touch all aspects of students’ development and education. The nonprofit serves K through 12th grade students and their families in Birmingham, Alabama, where 30 percent of residents live below poverty level. Under the group’s flagship program Good School Food, Jones Valley instructors collaborate with teachers to design lessons across multiple subjects, expanding classroom learning and reinforcing state standards. In after-school and apprentice programs, students practice hands-on farming and bringing produce to market.
“In 2021, Jones Valley Teaching Farm completed construction of the Center for Food Education on our main downtown campus in Birmingham with the goal of connecting our resources with our larger community and state,” says Executive Director Amanda Storey.
Aside from operating seven Teaching Farms on local grade, middle, and high school campuses, Jones Valley runs additional programming: