K-8 Farm Labs

Jones Valley Teaching Farm

Birmingham, Alabama

The partnership between Jones Valley Teaching Farms’ Good School Food initiative and four Birmingham City Schools that feed into Woodlawn High School created the program for on-site learning laboratories. The four unique gardens (Farm Labs) teach core subjects, critical thinking, social skills and leadership through students growing food.

They are coupled with teacher toolkits and K-8 cross-curricular, standards-based curriculum designed to improve the overall learning capacities of students while increasing their knowledge and understanding about the long-term benefits of healthy eating. The gardens are comprised of all necessary infrastructure to grow vegetables and facilitate outdoor learning including tool sheds, teaching pavilions, raised beds, seating, compost, water collection, pond ecosystems, earthen mounds, perennial themed plantings, and annual vegetables.


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