Growing food

Building community

"I experienced six months of personal and botanical growth living atop Allegheny Mountain learning about the many intersections between food and community." 

- Samantha Taggart, AMI Fellow,

2014 Cohort


Allegheny Mountain Institute (AMI) is an educational non-profit organization with the mission to cultivate healthy communities through food and education.


The vision of AMI is a thriving network of collaborative, vibrant communities who value the connection between food and health.



and Food Fellowship

The fully sponsored 18-month Fellowship prepares and empowers individuals to become teachers and ambassadors for a more vibrant and accessible local food system. AMI Fellows spend six months in immersive training on our mountain farm campus (Phase I) and one year in service work with AMI and food related non-profit partner organizations (Phase II).

Applications open November 15.

allegheny  farm

Located in beautiful Highland County, our farm campus is where Phase I Fellows call home for six months of immersive learning. Come visit us for a Farm Stay. Then, tour the farm and meet, learn and work alongside young adults passionate about growing healthy communities through food.



The ami farm

at augusta 


Located in Fishersville, VA the AMI Farm at Augusta Health is a joint venture of AMI and Augusta Health to raise awareness about the importance of healthy eating and sustainable growing practices.  The project is rooted in the missions of both organizations to promote health and wellbeing in the community.

Allegheny Mountain Institute

PO Box 542,

Staunton, VA 24402 


AMI at Augusta Health


Fishersville, VA

Allegheny Farm Campus 


Hightown, VA