Classes & Events

We invite farmers, backyard gardeners, food-lovers, students, and anyone with an appetite for learning to join us for our 2019 workshops. Allegheny Mountain Institute workshops provide the opportunity to learn hands-on from local experts and ask all of your gardening and food questions. Join us for fun-filled learning at the AMI at Augusta Health Farm in Fishersville, VA and our Allegheny Mountain Farm campus in Highland County, VA.

For questions and inquiries about AMI workshops and classes, please contact:

Augusta County - grayson@alleghenymountainschool.org

Highland County - jessa@alleghenymountainschool.org

For Farmers

Classes and Workshops to help you succeed, from seed to sale, and everything in between.

For Foodies

Tips, tastings, recipes, nutrition and more. If you love food as much as we do, welcome!

For Young Sprouts

Fun and learning for growing up green. Guaranteed to get little hands into soil and on real food.

For Green Thumbs

Join a community of gardeners who understand. We're with you all season long to keep growing.

Upcoming Events
Library Lunch at the Augusta County Library
Thu, Mar 19
Augusta County Library
Mar 19, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Augusta County Library, 1759 Jefferson Hwy, Fishersville, VA 22939, USA
Lunch is on us! Learn a healthy, easy, delicious recipe and taste the flavors of spring with produce fresh from the AMI Farm at Augusta Health
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Planning and Planting Your Garden
Tue, Mar 24
AMI Farm at Augusta Health
Mar 24, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
AMI Farm at Augusta Health, 315 Mule Academy Rd, Fishersville, VA 22939, USA
Planting season is almost here! Join us to learn how to start planning and planting your garden from starting seeds to plant spacing and rotations.
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Navigating Food Safety Requirements for Farmers
Thu, Feb 06
ACC 3, Augusta Community Care Building
Feb 06, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
ACC 3, Augusta Community Care Building, 64 Sports Medicine Dr, Fishersville, VA 22939, USA
The Food Safety maze made simple! Registration link below
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Fresh Mozzarella Making & Stretching @ Newtown Baking
Sun, Jan 26
Newtown Baking
Jan 26, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Newtown Baking, 960 W Beverley St, Staunton, VA 24401, USA
NOW SOLD OUT Learn the basics of homemade cultured mozzarella, then stretch your own with Ballerino Creamery's Louella Hill! Registration link below.
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The Winter Veggie Re-FRESH
Thu, Nov 07
Augusta County Library
Nov 07, 2019, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Augusta County Library, 1759 Jefferson Hwy, Fishersville, VA 22939, USA
Explore delicious, good-for-you foods that can keep you healthy and happy throughout the colder months in this interactive “make and taste” class!
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Build A Cold Frame
Tue, Nov 05
AMI Farm at Augusta Health
Nov 05, 2019, 5:00 PM
AMI Farm at Augusta Health, 315 Mule Academy Rd, Fishersville, VA 22939, USA
Join the AMI Farm at Augusta Health's team of Fellow Farmers for a look at cold frames, crops you can grow in them, and how to build your own!
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Home Compost Success
Tue, Oct 08
The AMI Farm at Augusta Health
Oct 08, 2019, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
The AMI Farm at Augusta Health, 315 Mule Academy Rd, Fishersville, VA 22939, USA
Build your own soil amendments by recycling your kitchen and yard waste! Learn the secrets to home compost success from compost expert Steve Murray of Panorama Pay-Dirt.
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Soil Management Principles
Wed, Sep 04
AMI Farm at Augusta Health
Sep 04, 2019, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
AMI Farm at Augusta Health, 315 Mule Academy Rd, Fishersville, VA 22939, USA
Healthy, living soil is paramount to successful farm production. Don't treat your soil like dirt! Join NRCS Cropland Agronomist Chis Lawrence for an in depth exploration of the four principles of soil management with the power to transform the land and increase the productivity of your farm.
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Herbal Supports to Health
Tue, Aug 20
315 Mule Academy Rd
Aug 20, 2019, 5:30 PM
315 Mule Academy Rd, 315 Mule Academy Rd, Fishersville, VA 22939, USA
Herbal practitioner Heather Wetzel and Gastroenterologist Dr. Savita Srivastava will discuss healing plants and working with your doctor to bolster your body.
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Water Catchment and Rain Gardens
Tue, Aug 06
AMI Farm at Augusta Health
Aug 06, 2019, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
AMI Farm at Augusta Health, 315 Mule Academy Rd, Fishersville, VA 22939, USA
Harness the powers of H2O! We’ll share simple tips to build your own water catchment system or plan a rain garden for your home.
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Canning 101
Wed, Jul 24
2599 Bear Mountain Rd
Jul 24, 2019, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
2599 Bear Mountain Rd, 2599 Bear Mountain Rd, Hightown, VA 24465
Learn how to confidently utilize the shelf-stable preservation method to water-bath can jams, pickles and more!
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Farm to Fork Tasting Party at Augusta Co Library
Mon, Jul 22
Augusta County Library
Jul 22, 2019, 4:00 PM
Augusta County Library, 1759 Jefferson Hwy, Fishersville, VA 22939, USA
Join AMI and Project GROWS to sample both fresh and cooked dishes made with farm fresh vegetables! This event is free and family friendly!
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Allegheny Farm Open House
Sat, Jul 20
Allegheny Farm
Jul 20, 2019, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Allegheny Farm, Hightown, VA 24465, USA
Tour the farm, meet the Fellows, and enjoy farm fresh appetizers!
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Introduction to Fermentation
Wed, Jul 17
Allegheny Farm
Jul 17, 2019, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Allegheny Farm, Hightown, VA 24465, USA
Explore the amazing world of fermentation and the health benefits of eating live foods, then start your own ferment.
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Organic Pest Management
Tue, Jul 16
AMI Farm at Augusta Health
Jul 16, 2019, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
AMI Farm at Augusta Health, 315 Mule Academy Rd, Fishersville, VA 22939, USA
The AMI Farm at Augusta Health team and Augusta County Master Gardeners will guide you in safe and effective ways to keep pests from your garden and invite pollinators to stay awhile!
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Seed Saving with Ira Wallace - Full Day Workshop
Wed, Jul 03
AMI Allegheny Farm
Jul 03, 2019, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
AMI Allegheny Farm, 2599 Bear Mountain Rd, Hightown, VA 24465 USA
Learn the importance of savings seeds, the basics of how to do it and how to save seeds as a profitable side business!
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Seed Saving with Ira Wallace at the Augusta County Library
Tue, Jul 02
Augusta County Library
Jul 02, 2019, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Augusta County Library, 1759 Jefferson Hwy, Fishersville, VA 22939, USA
Save seeds for the future and preserve the past! Ira Wallace, Author and member of Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, will introduce the power and process of seed saving in this free lunchtime lecture.
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Fermentation 101
Wed, Jun 26
AMI Farm at Augusta Health
Jun 26, 2019, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
AMI Farm at Augusta Health, 315 Mule Academy Rd, Fishersville, VA 22939
Tasty fermented foods can also benefit your body. Join Allegheny Mountain Institute's Pat Banks and Dr Savita Srivastava, M.D. to explore the science of Fermentation!
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Demystifying the Art of the Chicken with Jason Myers-Benner
Wed, Jun 26
AMI Allegheny Farm
Jun 26, 2019, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
AMI Allegheny Farm, 2599 Bear Mountain Rd, Hightown, VA 24465
Join the AMI Fellows to explore methods of chicken keeping and care, evaluate a chicken for soundness and then learn to harvest AMI-raised chickens. Lunch is included in the cost of admission! For more information about this event please call (540) 468-1600 or email ariel@alleghenymountainschool.o
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Kids Cook: Farm to Fork Dinner
Tue, Jun 25
AMI Farm at Augusta Health
Jun 25, 2019, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
AMI Farm at Augusta Health, 315 Mule Academy Rd, Fishersville, VA 22939, USA
A delicious meal begins on the farm! Join us for a fun, interactive farm to fork experience, from harvesting vegetables at the AMI Farm at Augusta Health to preparing and sharing them in a gourmet meal lesson led by Chef Caitie at Blue Oregano!
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Straw Bale Gardening and Alternative Growing
Tue, Jun 18
AMI Farm at Augusta Health
Jun 18, 2019, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
AMI Farm at Augusta Health, 315 Mule Academy Rd, Fishersville, VA 22939, USA
Gardening doesn’t have to include bending low to the soil! Join us on the farm to explore creative and adaptable ways to think outside the garden bed!
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The Building Blocks of Nutrition: Carbohydrates
Thu, Jun 13
Jazzman's Cafe at Augusta Health Fitness
Jun 13, 2019, 11:00 AM
Jazzman's Cafe at Augusta Health Fitness, 107 Medical Center Cir, Fishersville, VA 22939, USA
Join us to explore the nutrients that make up your food. This month's focus: Carbohydrates. What's a carb? Do you need them? How should you get them? Is one carb better than another? Come find out! Thanks to Sarah Martin, Fitness Nutrition Specialist, for her expertise.
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Make Your Own Compost
Wed, Jun 12
2599 Bear Mountain Rd
Jun 12, 2019, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
2599 Bear Mountain Rd, 2599 Bear Mountain Rd, Hightown, VA 24465, USA
Learn how to make your own compost - from the home to market garden scale!
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Build Your Soil, Build Your Profits
Wed, Jun 05
Room #119, Augusta Health Fitness
Jun 05, 2019, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Room #119, Augusta Health Fitness, 107 Medical Center Cir, Fishersville, VA 22939, USA
What makes soil thrive? What does it mean to be 'eco-ganic'? How can a farmer make a profit while staying true to their principles? Join the AMI team in an exploration of healthy soil and successful market farming with farmer, consultant, and teacher Ellen Polishuk for answers!
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Introduction to Bee Keeping with Nicole Balenger
Wed, May 29
2599 Bear Mountain Rd
May 29, 2019, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
2599 Bear Mountain Rd, 2599 Bear Mountain Rd, Hightown, VA 24465, USA
Come learn about the amazing world of the honey bee and how to maintain a healthy hive, then participate in a hive inspection and enjoy the wonder of honey bees in action.
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Edible Mushroom Cultivation
Wed, May 22
Allegheny Farm
May 22, 2019, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Allegheny Farm, 2599 Bear Mountain Rd, Hightown, VA 24465, USA
Learn to think like a mushroom! Then, get hands-on practice utilizing trees and other organic materials to grow edible and useful fungi. For an additional fee, take home your own mushroom log! Instructor Charlie Aller of MushLuv
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Sourdough Success
Mon, May 13
Newtown Baking
May 13, 2019, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Newtown Baking, 960 W Beverley St, Staunton, VA 24401, USA
Join baker Emily Sullivan of Wild Unicorn Farmstead for an in-depth look at all things Sourdough. Understand the science, the process, and most importantly, the flavor with our hands-on workshop and tasting session!
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The Building Blocks of Nutrition: Protein
Thu, May 09
Jazzman's Cafe at Augusta Health Fitness
May 09, 2019, 11:00 AM
Jazzman's Cafe at Augusta Health Fitness, 107 Medical Center Cir, Fishersville, VA 22939, USA
Join us to explore the nutrients that make up your food. This month's focus: protein. What is protein? Why do you need it? How should you get it? Is one protein better than another? Come find out! Thanks to Sarah Martin, Fitness Nutrition Specialist, for her expertise.
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Square Foot Gardening
Tue, Apr 30
575 Hammond Ln
Apr 30, 2019, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
575 Hammond Ln, 575 Hammond Ln, Staunton, VA 24401, USA
Square Foot gardening is a great technique to diversify your home garden. Join the Allegheny Mountain Institute Farm team to transform a raised bed into a bountiful rainbow of veggies! Thanks to Ann Pontius for opening her garden to our class!
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Plant with Perennials
Tue, Apr 23
AMI Farm at Augusta Health
Apr 23, 2019, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
AMI Farm at Augusta Health, 315 Mule Academy Rd, Fishersville, VA 22939, USA
Plant once, enjoy forever! The team from the Natural Garden will guide you in the care and benefits of perennial plants.
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Container Gardening
Thu, Apr 18
Montgomery Hall Park
Apr 18, 2019, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Montgomery Hall Park, 1000 Montgomery Ave, Staunton, VA 24401, USA
Not much space to garden? You can still grow successfully in containers! Join the Allegheny Mountain Institute team at Montgomery Hall Park to learn more. Contact Staunton Parks and Recreation to register.
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The Building Blocks of Nutrition: Fats
Thu, Apr 11
Augusta Health Fitness
Apr 11, 2019, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Augusta Health Fitness, Fishersville, VA 22939, USA
Join us to explore the nutrients that make up your food. This month's focus: fats. What is fat? Why do you need it? How should you get it? Is one fat better than another? Come find out!
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Garden Planning Workshop & Seed Swap
Sun, Mar 31
Highland County Public Library
Mar 31, 2019, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Highland County Public Library, 31 N. Water St, Monterey, VA 24465, USA, Monterey, VA 24465, USA
Learn how to get the most from your home garden, and swap seeds or check out new ones from the Little Switzerland Seed Library.
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Planning and Planting your Garden
Tue, Mar 26
Montgomery Hall Park
Mar 26, 2019, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Montgomery Hall Park, 1000 Montgomery Ave, Staunton, VA 24401, USA
Spring is almost here! AMI can help you plan for a great growing season ahead, and even start some seeds! Join us at Montgomery Hall Park in Staunton, and contact Staunton Parks and Recreation to register.
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Your Guide to Worm Composting
Tue, Mar 19
AMI Farm at Augusta Health
Mar 19, 2019, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
AMI Farm at Augusta Health, 315 Mule Academy Rd, Fishersville, VA 22939, USA
Come learn how to harness the power of earthworms to create your own nutrient-dense compost for your garden. The first 10 Participants will make a worm bin to take home! Questions? Email Pat Banks pat@alleghenymountainschool.org
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Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training
Wed, Mar 13
Augusta Health Fitness, Room #119
Mar 13, 2019, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Augusta Health Fitness, Room #119, Fishersville, VA 22939, USA
Safe fruits and vegetables are important to us all, and for commercial growers, they are also good business and a part of federal regulations.
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Seasonal Foods Workshop, Potluck, and Raffle
Tue, Feb 19
Highland Medical Center
Feb 19, 2019, 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Highland Medical Center, 120 Jackson River Rd, Monterey, VA 24465, USA
The Allegheny Mountain Institute will be hosting a free workshop on seasonal eating, including a potluck and a raffle! This event will be a chance to learn more about healthy, cost effective, seasonal eating and a chance to share some favorite winter recipes.
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Class and Event Calendar

For Farmers

Check the Class Calendar to Learn More

Navigating Food Safety Requirements for Farmers

February 6, 2020

High Tunnels I: Hot Crops

June 2, 2020

 

Soil Management Principles

June 2020

Cover Cropping

September 22, 2020

High Tunnels II: Season Extension

October 6, 2020

For Foodies and Homesteaders

Check the Class Calendar to Learn More

Fresh Mozzerella Making and Stretching at Newtown Baking

January 26, 2020

Salad Party!

April 18, 2020

Fermentation 101

June 16, 2020

Local Food Sourcing

August 2020

Library Lunch at Augusta County Library

March 19, 2020

30 Minute Fresh at Montgomery Hall

May 19, 2020

Canning for Beginners

July 2020

Sourdough Success

October 2020

 

For Young Sprouts

Check the Class Calendar to Learn More

Natural Crafts

May 5, 2020

Art in the Garden

June 11, 2020

 

Food Science for Young Chefs

June 2020

 

For Green Thumbs

Check the Class Calendar to Learn More

Planning and Planting your Garden

March 24, 2020

Ergonomics in the Garden

April 9, 2020

Gardening Small

April 28, 2020

Growing and Arranging Flowers

July 18, 2020

Compost Made Simple

May 16, 2020

Vermicompost

August 19, 2020

Allegheny Mountain Institute

PO Box 542,

Staunton, VA 24402 

 

AMI at Augusta Health

540-886-0160

Fishersville, VA

Allegheny Farm Campus 

540-468-2300

Monterey, VA