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Growing Food.
Building Community.
Transforming the Food System.

Allegheny Mountain Institute believes in the power of food to build vibrant, healthy communities. We’re training food system advocates and amplifying the impact of partner organizations throughout the Allegheny Highlands and Shenandoah Valley, as we work toward a food system that is socially, environmentally, and economically just.


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


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

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"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



AMI's fully sponsored Fellowship prepares individuals to become advocates for a food system that is environmentally, economically, and socially just. Fellows gain experience in rural agriculture, sustainable farming, and cottage industry skills in our 6-month Farm Fellowship. Participants in the Community Action Year work with regional partners to support AMI's farm-to-institution projects.




In Highland County, our Allegheny Farm Campus gives Fellows a full-season of hands-on, diversified experience in agricultural methods that enhance the health of our ecosystem. This whole-system farm feeds the Fellows, offers a sliding-scale CSA, and supports emergency food initiatives. 

In Augusta County,  we partner with Staunton City Schools, Augusta Health, and other nonprofit organizations to support community initiatives that build the connection between food and health.


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Our Work in Action

By growing food and supporting partner organizations, we are working in unison to build resilient communities and food systems. 

In 2022, we hosted 7 Fellows in the Farm & Food Study. An additional 6 Fellows completed a Community Action Year, supported 3 community partners to reach their goals related to agriculture, food, health, and education. 


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