AMI Farm at Augusta Health
At Augusta Health, nutrition matters.
Augusta Health has partnered with Allegheny Mountain Institute (AMI) to develop a sustainable production farm utilizing organic practices on Augusta Health's campus. The purpose of the farm is threefold:
- to provide locally grown produce for use by Sodexo in our food system, to be served to our patients, employees and community visitors
- to create a nutrition education hub for the community to teach sustainable agriculture practices
- to offer nutrient dense food solutions to community members with chronic disease diagnosis or low food access
The AMI Farm at Augusta Health offers a production farm and community venue for healthy food and nutrition education. Collaborating with Allegheny Mountain Institute allows Augusta Health to continue to achieve its mission of promoting the well-being of our community through access to excellent care by providing access to nutrient dense foods.
Produce from the farm will be utilized in our patient meals, cafes and catering services. The AMI Farm at Augusta Health will empower our patients, employees and community visitors to make healthful food choices.
Nutrition Education programming at The AMI Farm at Augusta Health will raise community awareness about the importance of healthy eating and exemplify sustainable growing practices. In the future, in addition to programming that will bring awareness to the importance of a nutrient dense diet, the farm will include a demonstration garden where community members can learn more about sustainable agriculture through hands-on experiences.
Other initiatives around the farm include a Food Farmacy program. Fruit and vegetable "prescriptions" are given to patients who have been identified with a specific chronic disease diagnosis. The produce prescriptions are redeemable during group classes featuring nutrition education and cooking demonstrations.
Produce from the farm is also donated to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, Valley Mission, and provided to individuals with low food access through the Crop to Community and Home Health Produce Bags programs.
To supply our food system and community programs with fresh, local produce, in 2019 Allegheny Mountain Institute will planted over 45 varieties of produce on 1.25 acres and harvest 24,000 pounds of food.
Some of the crops that were harvested throughout the year include lettuce, carrots, onions, peppers, potatoes, Swiss chard, tomatoes, broccoli, and squash.
In order to extend the growing season and increase production, Allegheny Mountain Institute installed deer fencing, a hoop house (similar to a greenhouse), high tunnels and an irrigation system.
To find out more or become involved
Community Outreach, Augusta Health
kmoyers [at] augustahealth.com
Learn more about our partner in The AMI Farm at Augusta Health, Allegheny Mountain Institute!
This project is sponsored by the Community Partnership Committee of Augusta Health.