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Summer Camp Grow spots are filling up fast and our first camp starts in just over 2 weeks! These camps are interactive l...
05/19/2022

Summer Camp Grow spots are filling up fast and our first camp starts in just over 2 weeks! These camps are interactive learning opportunities for students who are curious about food, farming, and the culinary arts. Campers will explore the natural world through inquiry, experimentation, and hands-on activities!
PLANT TO PLATE: June 6–10 | 2nd – 5th grade
KITCHEN CHAMPS: June 13–17 | 2nd – 5th grade
GREEN ENGINEERS: June 21–24 | 2nd – 5th grade
BUG DETECTIVES: June 27 – July 1 | 2nd – 5th grade
COMMUNITY, FOOD & YOU: July 18 – July 29 | 6th – 8th grade

Link in bio for more info and to register!

Thank you to our generous Camp Grow sponsors: Medical Properties Trust, Chopt Creative Salad Company, Alabama Farmers Federation Foundation, Alabama State Representative Neil Rafferty, Jefferson County, Farmers Federation, First US Bank, Les Dames d’Escoffier International Birmingham Chapter, and Jen Wolfe

05/19/2022
During week 3 of Farm Club we talked about bugs, weeds, and how to care for plants! Everyone worked on earning their Rec...
05/18/2022

During week 3 of Farm Club we talked about bugs, weeds, and how to care for plants! Everyone worked on earning their Recipe Wrangler and Measurement Master badges while making a vegetable quinoa bowl.

"My first experience with JVTF was a field trip when they were doing Seed to Plate field trips from high schools. And I ...
05/17/2022

"My first experience with JVTF was a field trip when they were doing Seed to Plate field trips from high schools. And I was just looking for an opportunity to leave school. But I remember when coming to the site and you know seeing the farm and I was new to the state and having that homesick and feeling like I was finding myself to have the opportunity to come to a farm to see green and to get involved with the soil. We sat down on the porch, not in chairs, and that was a moment for me that we were all connected to the ground, instead of people sitting on a chair or table. It bring back a connection to my home, you know, when we eat food we sit on the ground. Ground was the quick place to sit down and to see everyone sitting down that made that connection for me and that was my first interaction with Jones Valley and even if I hadn’t had the opportunity to work with them that memory would have stuck with me forever."

View Mohamed's full interview: https://jvtf.org/mohamed-jalloh/

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Volunteers helped cultivate peppers on Saturday! Interested in volunteering with JVTF? Click the "VOLUNTEER" link in our...
05/16/2022

Volunteers helped cultivate peppers on Saturday! Interested in volunteering with JVTF? Click the "VOLUNTEER" link in our bio to learn more.

This week, our downtown farm team harvested an abundance of spring collards!
05/11/2022

This week, our downtown farm team harvested an abundance of spring collards!

Albert Schweitzer Fellowship of Alabama  announced JVTF's Director of Youth Pathways and Experience, T. Marie King, as t...
05/10/2022

Albert Schweitzer Fellowship of Alabama announced JVTF's Director of Youth Pathways and Experience, T. Marie King, as the recipient of its 2022 Outstanding Site Mentor award. King’s mentee, 2021-22 Fellow Ibukun Afon who is a graduate student in the UAB School of Health Professions, facilitated intergenerational dialogues with community members living in the Woodlawn neighborhood of Birmingham and student apprentices from Jones Valley Teaching Farm. These conversations were rooted in sharing experiences and perspectives about mental health and well-being, activism, food and nutrition, among other topics. The purpose of Afon’s project was to address social isolation and loneliness. As a result of the program, both older adults and student apprentices expressed improved social connection.

Afon commented on King’s dedication as a mentor: “T. Marie is everything I could have asked for in a site mentor. From the moment we met, I could see her passion for youth development and how much she cares about her students. We first spoke for over an hour and she poured into me quite a bit and, from there, helped guide how our project would run,” said Afon. “ T. Marie was kind in her delivery as she reminded me of the importance of being less rigid and more participatory as a member of the project rather than just a volunteer trying to document my hours.”"

We've added new fruit trees to our Downtown Campus orchard! 🍌🍌
05/09/2022

We've added new fruit trees to our Downtown Campus orchard! 🍌🍌

Wrapping up another week of Farm Club with discussions about soil health, plant nutrients, and food systems! Everyone pr...
05/06/2022

Wrapping up another week of Farm Club with discussions about soil health, plant nutrients, and food systems! Everyone practiced their knife skills while cutting strawberries for granola and fruit parfaits.

Over the last couple weeks, our Woodlawn High School Culinary Club students have been exploring Latin American food to A...
05/05/2022

Over the last couple weeks, our Woodlawn High School Culinary Club students have been exploring Latin American food to American breakfast cuisine while practicing culinary skills and discussing culture!

Over the weekend, we hosted a direct sowing and transplanting workshop led by JVTF Assistant Farm Manager, Sarah! Our Go...
05/04/2022

Over the weekend, we hosted a direct sowing and transplanting workshop led by JVTF Assistant Farm Manager, Sarah! Our Good Community Food Fellows attended the workshop and took what they learned and applied it to their very own community garden beds at the Center for Food Education. To top the day, everyone enjoyed lunch donated by our friends at Little Donkey!

We still have spots available for all of our camps this summer! We're offering 5 Camp Grow experiences for 2nd–8th grade...
05/03/2022

We still have spots available for all of our camps this summer! We're offering 5 Camp Grow experiences for 2nd–8th grade. These camps are educational and interactive learning opportunities for students who are curious about food, farming, and the culinary arts. Campers will explore the natural world through inquiry, experimentation, and hands-on activities!

PLANT TO PLATE: June 6–10 | 2nd – 5th grade

KITCHEN CHAMPS: June 13–17 | 2nd – 5th grade

GREEN ENGINEERS: June 21–24 | 2nd – 5th grade

BUG DETECTIVES: June 27 – July 1 | 2nd – 5th grade

COMMUNITY, FOOD & YOU: July 18 – July 29 | 6th – 8th grade

For more info or to register, visit: https://jvtf.org/center-for-food-education/camps/summer/



Thank you to our generous Camp Grow sponsors: Jen Wolfe, Medical Properties Trust, Alfa Foundation, Jefferson County Farmers Federation, Les Dames d’Escoffier International Birmingham Chapter, Chopt Creative Salad Company, Neil Rafferty

04/29/2022

One thing that tells us summer is close..tomatoes have been transplanted into the ground! What's your favorite thing to grow in the summer?

JVTF's Downtown Farm Stand is open! Over the past two years, Jones Valley Teaching Farm has focused on improving access ...
04/28/2022

JVTF's Downtown Farm Stand is open!

Over the past two years, Jones Valley Teaching Farm has focused on improving access to fresh food throughout the Woodlawn community and in Downtown Birmingham at no cost to residents. Each week, the Farm Stand, located on the corner of 7th Ave N and 25th St N, is stocked with a variety of seasonal fruits, vegetables, herbs, and seedlings grown on our Teaching Farms. Inside, visitors will find instructions for the self-serve system, and all produce and seedlings are free. We believe that no matter your income or circumstances, everyone deserves good food. If you are moved to support JVTF’s efforts to build food-resilient, healthy, and connected communities, donations are also accepted at the stand and online.

The Farm Stand is open Monday through Friday from 9:00am until 4:30pm and Saturday from 9:00am-12:30pm. Parking is available along 7th Ave and in the JVTF parking lots off of 25th St.

This work is made possible due to the generous partnership of the American Heart Association, Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, Jefferson County Commission, and the USDA.

04/27/2022

In 2011, Mohamed Jalloh moved from Conakry, Guinea, to Birmingham, Alabama, and began attending Woodlawn High School as a freshman. In 2014—as Jones Valley Teaching Farm began expanding our Good School Food Educational Model—Mohamed, a junior by then, was recruited with a small cohort of students to lead in the development of the JVTF Teaching Farm at Woodlawn High School. Throughout 2014 and 2015, his team of classmates worked to engage teachers, staff, and students in creating the vision, informing the design, and building the momentum for the new Teaching Farm. After graduation in 2015, Mohamed stayed connected through the final stages of construction. As the Woodlawn High School Teaching Farm began operations in 2016,, and we began the search for a Farm Manager, Mohamed was the natural fit. We’ve been lucky enough to grow alongside him ever since.

Breaking ground on a new site is never easy and Mohamed approached the task with his trademark patience, optimism, and innovation. In his role, he has welcomed six classes of apprentices, mentoring over 30 students in the management of the Teaching Farm from sowing seeds to sharing the harvest. Mohamed is a tireless advocate for students, a committed community leader, a great listener, and wise advisor. He is talented, clever, curious… and you should never ever turn down a chance to eat his home cooking.

View the whole interview here: https://jvtf.org/mohamed-jalloh/

Some of our staff spent the past 4 days attending the Growing School Gardens Summit in Denver, Colorado! They participat...
04/26/2022

Some of our staff spent the past 4 days attending the Growing School Gardens Summit in Denver, Colorado! They participated in workshops and "lightning talks" and networked with individuals / organizations doing similar work. We had the honor of leading discussions on centering voices of young adults in programming, specifically when building out programming to transform their future. JVTF also gave a presentation of our journey in developing sustainable career tracks in agriculture, the culinary arts, and more!

Over the years, Wells Fargo has been a valued financial and volunteer partner. Today we were joined by volunteers at our...
04/22/2022

Over the years, Wells Fargo has been a valued financial and volunteer partner. Today we were joined by volunteers at our Center for Food Education who spent the day assisting our downtown farm team! Thank you for supporting JVTF!

For more information on how you can volunteer, visit the "GET INVOLVED" link in our bio.

This week, we kicked off Farm Club with our partner schools! Students learned all about different methods of composting,...
04/21/2022

This week, we kicked off Farm Club with our partner schools! Students learned all about different methods of composting, took turns flipping the compost piles, and practiced their knife skills while making pico de gallo with corn!

Thank you Sprouts Farmers Market / Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation for making Farm Club possible!

JVTF is proud to be a produce and education partner for American Heart Association's new Food RX initiative. Through thi...
04/20/2022

JVTF is proud to be a produce and education partner for American Heart Association's new Food RX initiative. Through this food prescription pilot, 120 patients at Alabama Regional Medical Services will have access to free produce, recipes, and workshops at our downtown Center for Food Education. Funding for this program is provided by our friends at Medical Properties Trust.

This week, Good Community Food kicked off their spring Harvest Share program! Over the next 16 weeks, our neighbors at T...
04/15/2022

This week, Good Community Food kicked off their spring Harvest Share program! Over the next 16 weeks, our neighbors at The Veranda will receive a bag of fresh produce harvested from our Downtown Farm!

The Center for Food Education's Culinary Studio is the perfect venue to host your next event! Sleek and spacious with la...
04/14/2022

The Center for Food Education's Culinary Studio is the perfect venue to host your next event! Sleek and spacious with large windows overlooking the farm, the Culinary Studio features a Wolf induction cooktop and double ovens, making it ideal for any gathering where food and cooking are the main event. Adjustable-height tables accommodate stools or low benches depending on the needs of your group. In addition to the Culinary Studio, you'll have access to our state-of-the-art prep kitchen which features a gas range, multiple refrigerators, freezer, industrial dishwasher, ice machine, stainless steel prep spaces and multiple compartment sinks. To learn more and reserve your date, visit: https://jvtf.org/center-for-food-education/venue-rental/

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Looking for things to do and places to eat tomorrow in BHAM? 🌮 For the last day of #BhamRestWeek, we have a few fun and YUM recommendations! 👇 👉 Thing to do: Watch Blue Suede Shoes presented by Alabama Ballet at The BJCC starting at 2:30 p.m. | Place to eat: Roots & Revelry 👉 Thing to do: BHM Food Festival at Cahaba Brewing Company from noon to 5 p.m. | Place to eat: Fat Charles BBQ and Aww Shucks Fire Roasted Corn 👉 Thing to do: Watch Noises Off presented by UAB College of Arts & Sciences at UAB's Alys Stephens Center at 7:30 p.m. | Place to eat: Michael's Restaurant 👉 Thing to do: Attend The Market at Pepper Place from 7 a.m. to noon | Place to eat: BLUEROOT 👉 Thing to do: Attend The Good Community Food Workshop Series: Garden Planning Jones Valley Teaching Farm from 10 a.m. to noon | Place to eat: Slice Birmingham (Lakeview) Enjoy your weekend with fun events and FOOD! To view menus from our participants, visit the "Eat/Drink" tab linked here https://bhamrestaurantweek.com/eat-drink/. #BRW2022
This morning, members of our Birmingham Board of Directors toured Jones Valley Teaching Farm for a firsthand look at our upcoming Food RX program, which will launch this spring. Through this initiative, we will work with Jones Valley and Alabama Regional Medical Services to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to those most in need, as well as recipes, tips and other resources to use the food. Thank you to local sponsor Medical Properties Trust for making this program possible! #HeartMonth
Several new upgrades will be available for our scholars this spring at the Jones Valley Teaching Farm in an effort to improve community reach and provide economic empowerment. View the article for more information below. #bcsstrong Jones Valley Teaching Farm
Thanks to federal grants and support from the Alabama Power Foundation, Jones Valley Teaching Farm is leading efforts to expand the local food system and nurture community farming in Birmingham’s urban neighborhoods. #PowerOfGood
This kombucha was delicious, AND made with an unusual ingredient, AND it draws attention to an environmental issue. Basically, perfect for Diversivore. 1 Ft a Day Kombucha is made by Harvest Roots Ferments in Birmingham, Alabama using blossoms from the invasive kudzu vine. Kudzu grows at an absolutely astonishing rate, and is said to be able to spread by (you guessed it!) a foot a day. Harvest Roots was on hand at the Jones Valley Teaching Farm on day 2 of the IACP conference slinging their particularly refreshing ferments. They make some pretty fascinating blends, so if you can get a chance, do check them out!
This kombucha was delicious, AND made with an unusual ingredient, AND it draws attention to an environmental issue. Basically, perfect for Diversivore. 1 Ft a Day Kombucha is made by Harvest Roots Ferments in Birmingham, Alabama using blossoms from the invasive kudzu vine. Kudzu grows at an absolutely astonishing rate, and is said to be able to spread by (you guessed it!) a foot a day. Harvest Roots was on hand at the Jones Valley Teaching Farm on day 2 of the IACP conference slinging their particularly refreshing ferments. They make some pretty fascinating blends, so if you can get a chance, do check them out!
Shoutout to the people who bring me back to life with coffee. On day two of the IACP 43 conference in Birmingham Alabama, that person was Nathan Slocum, co-founder of Domestique Coffee. They set up at the Jones Valley Teaching Farm and rescued many of us from the previous night's... overindulgences. You see, the night before had been the IACP culinary awards. Diversivore won, and there was an open bar. It was a good night, and an early morning. We in the Pacific Northwest get a little persnickety about our coffee, but Alabama is 100% in the game. Nathan and Domestique came through big time with perfectly roasted, perfectly poured espresso. Two of them, in fact.
The second day of IACP 43 in Birmingham opened at the incredible Jones Valley Teaching Farm, and it's an amazing place. JVTF is putting education and agriculture together in meaningful ways, and reconnecting entire communities to their food. I can't say enough good things about what they're doing, so I hope you'll check them out for yourselves. You can also read more about JVTF and my time in Birmingham by checking out the article I wrote about the trip: http://bit.ly/DiversivoreIACP
Last Call for Thanksgiving Orders! Place your Thanksgiving orders by 3 PM tomorrow (Thursday, 11/18). Enjoy a no stress, no mess celebration. Place your order by 3PM CDT tomorrow: martinsbbqjoint.com/thanksgiving Eat Good, Do Good! In the spirit of giving, we’re donating $5 from every Small Gathering meal to local charitable organizations wherever we make our home. Check out these non-profit partners work to address hunger relief and food education. The Nashville Food Project James Island Outreach Dare to Care Food Bank Jones Valley Teaching Farm Gorgeous florals courtesy of our friends Ostara Gardens
Bring Martin's home for the holidays! We've got the entire Thanksgiving spread (Smoked Turkey, Smoked Ham, all the fixin's!) plus sides, smoked meat, and homemade pies a la carte. Heat. Serve. Enjoy. Repeat Eat Good, Do Good! In the spirit of giving, we’re donating $5 from every Small Gathering meal to local charitable organizations wherever we make our home. Check out these non-profit partners work to address hunger relief and food education. The Nashville Food Project James Island Outreach @daretocarefb Jones Valley Teaching Farm Gorgeous florals courtesy of our friends @ostara_gardens
An unforgettable evening on the farm✨ On Friday night we had the opportunity to attend Jones Valley Teaching Farm's Twilight Supper, their annual fundraiser for the Good School Fund in Birmingham. We sipped on “Boozy Booch” from Cathead Vodka while #SprouthouseFamily members Chef Adam Evans of Automatic Seafood and Oysters and Chef Rob McDaniel of Helen prepared dinner alongside some of the South’s finest in Jones Valley’s brand new teaching kitchen. Our own Drew Robinson even got to join in on the fun, preparing Roasted and Marinated Fall Squash in collaboration with Chef Adam Evans. Swipe ⬅️ for a behind-the-scenes look at the event.
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