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Jones Valley Urban Farm provides food, new view of our city

June 23, 2009

This summer's crop

This summer's crop

You know you’re seeing something special when you reach the edge of Park Place in downtown Birmingham and see the green shoots rising out of what once was very unfertile soil. And you know you’re seeing something special when Birmingham’s own Edwin Marty and Jones Valley Urban Farm are widely recognized on the national scene for innovative and successful programs.

A recent Third Thursday gathering of Catalyst for Birmingham showed how many community gardens got a head start on success by attending a training session at JVUF. From Norwood to West End, communities are getting stronger by sharing the task of tending the soil, growing great food and learning more about how we are all connected to our world and to each other.

We’re proud that the Community Foundation made grants to support JVUF’s work with community gardens and with developing curricula for elementary, middle-school and high-school programs, all with the goal of restoring our connection with our foods. As Marty says, that’s the important first step to all kinds of healthy choices in food and lifestyle.

Jones Valley Urban Farm is definitely one of many reasons we love our community. What are yours?

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