New portraits for Billy Reid on their Journal today. Grant Brigham and Katie Davis from Jones Valley Teaching Farm.
The Jones Valley Teaching Farm sits on two acres of cultivated soil on a city block in downtown Birmingham, Alabama. The JVTF’s small, devoted staff grows over 200 varieties of organic fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers, and educates students from Birmingham City Schools on food and nutrition. The nonprofit organization launched a new program in the spring of 2013 with the first Farm Lab at Oliver Elementary School, effectively moving the farm onto school grounds and establishing an outdoor classroom where core subjects like math and science are taught through hands-on experiences. The Fatback Collective, led by Nick Pihakis of Jim ‘N Nicks BBQ, is hosting a Twilight Supper for JVTF friends and supporters this week. Billy Reid’s music guru, Shelly Colvin, arranged for Nashville-based singer-songwriter Langhorne Slim to play the special event.
The Journal toured the farm and caught up with JVTF executive director Grant Brigham to learn a little more about how Jones Valley is affecting Birmingham’s next generation, both on and off farm grounds.