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Allegheny Mountain Institute

Address PO Box 542
Staunton, Virginia 24402
Phone (540) 886-0160
Website http://www.alleghenymountaininstitute.org
Primary Contact Kim Davidson
Primary Email kim@alleghenymountainschool.org
Executive Director Kim Davidson
Primary Focus Area Education
Service Areas

Mission Statement

Growing Food. Building Community.
Allegheny Mountain Institute (AMI) is a 501(c)3 educational nonprofit organization that cultivates healthy
communities through food and education.

VISION: A thriving network of collaborative, vibrant communities who value the connection between food and health.


Allegheny Mountain Institute (AMI) was founded in 2011 as Allegheny Mountain School as an intensive hands-on experiential training program designed to teach members of our communities to grow and prepare their own food, and to understand the nutritional benefits of eating seasonally.

Key Programs

Program 1
Title:AMI Fellowship Program - Phase I & Phase II
Description:FELLOWSHIP--The AMI Fellowship is an 18 month, two-phase program: During Phase I, AMI Fellows live, work, and study at the Allegheny Mountain Farm Campus in Highland County, Virginia. They study sustainable food production, whole foods preparation and preservation, wellness and nutrition, land stewardship, and community development as they train to become ambassadors for a healthier food culture. In Phase II, AMI Phase II Fellows spend a year working for AMI and its Partner Organizations, participating in activities such as building community gardens, urban farms, providing site-based curriculum, advocating sustainable land use, and teaching nutrition and cooking for a healthy lifestyle.
Examples of Program Success:AMI fellows participate in hands-on educational program in sustainable agriculture and learn to grow crops as they grow as individuals and leaders for a healthy food system. They go on to work as local food coordinators, school garden facilitators, market farm managers, food systems educators, and advocates for sustainable food systems. Our fellowship program generates strong leaders who successfully work to build a more cohesive food system.
Program 2
Title:AMI Farm at Augusta Health
Description:AMI FARM AT AUGUSTA HEALTH--AMI manages and operates a production and demonstration farm at Augusta Health in Fishersville, Virginia that provides organic, sustainably grown, nutrient dense food for the hospital food service. AMI also provides community educational workshops on nutrition and gardening, and manages a "Food Farmacy" program for the hospital that serves diabetic patients and promotes healthier eating and lifestyle choices.
Examples of Program Success:This initiative, created in partnership with Augusta Health, started operations in January of 2018. AMI anticipates data reflecting positive trends in patient behavior and improvement in A1C numbers as a result of its Food Farmacy program. In addition, AMI anticipates serving a greater number of Augusta County community members through its outreach and onsite educational programs.

Giving Opportunities

Opportunity 1
Title:Donate to AMI
Description:Donations are welcomed and provide vital support to AMI's programs and initiatives.

Donations are accepted through the AMI website at www.allegehnymountaininstitute.org, or can be mailed to AMI , POB 542, Staunton,VA, 24402.

For more information on giving, please contact Sue Erhardt, Executive Director, at 540-886-0160, or email info@allegehnymountainschool.org

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