AMI Urban Farm
at the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind
In 2013, AMI (known then as Allegheny Mountain School) partnered with the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind to develop and operate the largest Farm to School program in the state. The AMI Urban Farm at VSDB provides a place for students of all ages to learn, play, and grow outdoors. The farm offers a year-round gardening curriculum and partners with VSDB's on-campus CROPS Greenhouse program to incorporate the curriculum into hands-on farming experience in its vegetable farm, educational gardens, outdoor classroom, and kitchen, and orchard.
In 2018, the project "graduated" from AMI's management. It is now independently managed by the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind, and continues to incorporate farm grown food into the school's cafeteria and curriculum, including the CROPS program, which offers academic opportunities, nutritional education, and hands-on job training for students with sensory concerns.