For the past 10 years, Jones Valley Urban Farm has endeavored to make our community a healthier place by growing organic produce, establishing community gardens, and educating people about the value of local food systems.
And while many people know us for our delicious produce, many don’t know that it’s not the primary function of our organization. Since its inception, our mission has been to empower future generations with an education to eat smarter, think healthier—and live better.
We have entered a defining time period for diet-related health issues in Alabama. Our future competitiveness, productivity and educational achievement as a city and state will depend on a community of people who are better connected to their food. Birmingham has taken great steps to turning its attention towards the very critical, but preventable, health needs and consumption habits of future generations. But there is still much to be done. So we are gearing up to redouble our efforts on the education front—and renewing our focus as an organization. Look out for exciting new initiatives with Birmingham-area schools.
And this new focus is why we have decided to change our name to Jones Valley Teaching Farm. Don’t worry: we’re still growing delicious food for you to enjoy at Pepper Place Market, Railroad Park Market, local restaurants and our new on-site farm stand! You won’t be losing any of the Jones Valley we all know and love.
To help fund our education efforts, we'll be introducing a new fundraising plan that engages our community in a fun and interactive way. As part of this plan, we will soon announce a new matching grant partnership as we launch an online fundraising campaign this summer. Stay tuned for more information on how you can help!
We thank you for all your support, and we hope you’ll celebrate with us as we strive to grow our impact on the future leaders of this great community.
With Gratitude and Excitement,