FISHERSVILLE, Virginia – In the winter of 2017, Allegheny Mountain Institute (AMI) and Augusta Health came together with a shared vision for a Farm-to-Institution project that would bridge the gap between quality -health care and access to nutritious, locally grown food . “As part of our Community Health Needs Assessment, nutrition was one of our top priority needs identified,” said Krystal D. Moyers, M.Ed., CHES, Administrative Director, Augusta Health Community Outreach and Partnerships. “By partnering with AMI, we are empowering our patients, employees, and all of our communities to make healthy food choices and provide community members with education and access to more foods which is full of nutrients.”
Augusta Health’s AMI Farm quickly took root, providing fresh, organically grown produce to the hospital’s food system, clinical integration initiatives, and community outreach programs focused on food security for prevention. in the sickness and welfare of the community. Six years since the original seeds were planted, the farm continues to grow – not only 151,000 pounds of healthy produce but also food and health initiatives throughout Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County.
While AMI will no longer manage the day-to-day operations of the farm and its programs, they will continue to support Augusta Health as a community partner promoting locally grown, nutritious food as a pillar of health. “The success of Augusta Health’s AMI Farm, coupled with Augusta Health’s commitment to continuing this project proves that the farm-to-institution model is a natural fit for health-based institutions,” said Laurie. Berman, President of the Board, and Founder of AMI. “We encourage our community to generously support this project, recognizing its potential to positively impact the health and well-being of our region and beyond.”
In January of 2024, Augusta Health will assume sole management of the farm, furthering its vision of becoming a national model for community-based health care. Augusta Health is one of the only hospitals in Virginia with a farm. AMI helped pave the way for the success of this groundbreaking project, and Augusta Health is committed to its continuation. AMI is grateful to Augusta Health for bringing to life the vision of the hospital farm, which provides the perfect backdrop for meeting the health needs of our community.