Founded in 2002, Jones Valley Teaching Farm (JVTF) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) located in Birmingham, Alabama. Through the power of food, JVTF creates opportunities for academic exploration, environmental stewardship, personal growth and leadership, and pathways to employment. Food is our foundation; people grow here. We envision a Birmingham inspired by food and led by youth. We believe this is possible by providing all students with a transformative educational experience using food, farming, and the culinary arts as a foundation for learning, leadership development, and economic mobility. Working in close partnership with Birmingham City Schools (BCS), we operate seven vibrant, student-centered Teaching Farms and a Good School Food (GSF) education and apprenticeship model that, together, provide an environment where young people can learn, create, explore, and grow a healthy future for themselves and their community.


Good School Food is a hands-on food education model that connects students to food, farming, and the culinary arts through standards-based, cross-curricular lessons during the school day.

Full-time Instructors collaborate with teachers at every grade level to develop lessons and projects that use food as the foundation for learning. This dynamic, hands-on curriculum helps bring to life science, math, social studies, English language arts, health, and art.