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moncler cheap These fifth-graders are running a farmer's market, with a little help from some farmers

Saliou Jalloh, a fifth-grader at Avondale Elementary in Birmingham, is enjoying his time as a salesperson, cashier, inventory management specialist and more at his class' weekly farmer's market.

"I like working at the farm because I get a different job every week," he says. "And I get to make people happy."

Jalloh is one of six students that helps run the school's farmer's market grocery stand each week, a joint effort between the school and Birmingham-based. Within a few weeks -- that is, once the on-campus garden is fully up and running -- the program will be identical to and Oliver Elementary.

With JVTF's help, students are given a chance to learn how food gets from the farm to the table. That includes trips out to the farm, where students help harvest the crops that are ready for sale.

The list of fruits and vegetables for sale varies each week -- on Wednesday, collards, kale, kohlrabi, turnips, head lettuce, mustard greens, and persimmons were available.

Customers include parents and grandparents of Avondale students, as well as nearby residents living in Birmingham's Avondale neighborhood.

"I think it's wonderful," said Naomi Buklad, a resident who found out about the market through a neighborhood newsletter. "I'm very happy to support the kids."

Wanda King, whose grandson Zaiderick is a student at Avondale, says the students are selling high-quality food at their stand. "When I bit into one of those pears, juices started running down my arm," she says. "They were good. Best I ever had."

For now the students must travel off-campus to harvest their produce. But eventually Avondale Elementary will have its own vegetable garden on campus. Then, students working the market will be able to buy those veggies, using proceeds from prior sales at the market.

While there's an obvious benefit to the Avondale neighborhood and its local school, Jones Valley is also having the effect of attracting talented young professionals from across the country to help implement its programs.

Along with David Meadows, Elizabeth Lemanski is one of two JVTF employees helping the students run their weekly farmer's market. She first heard about the farming-teaching concept three years ago, then moved to Birmingham at the end of May 2014, nine days after graduating from the University of Maryland.

"This has been my dream job," she says.

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