In 2019, AMI embarked on a multi-year farm-to-school initiative with Waynesboro Public Schools in Waynesboro, VA. Beginning at Kate Collins Middle School, AMI Staff and Fellows are leading the development of a vegetable farm and interdisciplinary garden-based curriculum. The farm and on-campus raised bed garden will serve as platforms for improving student achievement, leadership skills, physical health, and social-emotional learning, as well as addressing issues of food scarcity and community wellness in greater Waynesboro. 

In early 2021, we will break ground on a one-acre production and education farm, allowing students, teachers, and families to join in growing vegetables for school and community use. Farm and garden-based programming will provide a real-life platform for students to apply the Virginia Department of Education's 5 C’s - critical thinking, creative thinking, communication, collaboration, and citizenship skills - while bolstering the social, economic, and individual health of the Waynesboro community.