Allegheny Mountain Institute Holds Summer Open House


From the local farmer’s market to right here on Allegheny Mountain Radio’s Local Food Bite feature, the individuals involved in Allegheny Mountain Institute have made their presence known in Highland County. But if you still aren’t exactly sure what a “Fellow” is or what the program is all about, there’s an upcoming event to get you acquainted. Education Director, Jessa Fowler, has more.

Ms. Fowler says, “For the past couple weeks, the Fellows at the Allegheny Mountain Institute have been getting ready for the first open house of the season. The Allegheny Mountain Institute is an educational non-profit with a mission of cultivating healthy communities through food and education. As part of its flagship Fellowship program, Fellows live on top of Allegheny Mountain for six months. Fellows participating in the fellowship learn gardening, nutrition and community development strategies.

Now, the Fellows are excited to share what they’ve been learning and growing with the community. From 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 22nd, the public is invited up to the Allegheny Mountain Institute to tour the farm, sample farm fresh produce, and even buy some AMI produce on site. Because of the high elevation, most of the Allegheny Mountain Institute produce available right now are leafy greens, as well as peas.

“During the open house, there will be tours and educational displays. The gardens will also be in their prime, and it’s a really great chance to learn some new gardening techniques and new homesteading techniques. This is a great opportunity for those who have been curious about what AMI is or what the Fellows have been doing. We also usually have some long-time supporters who like to get up and see how thing’s have changed or are happening this year. We are especially excited to hold an open house this year after our year off, and we invite you come see some of the new changes that have been happening up on the farm.

“The Allegheny Mountain Institute is located about thirteen miles west of Monterey on 250. To get to Allegheny Mountain Institute, turn left on Road 601, about a mile before you get to the West Virginia line. All ages are welcome, and there will be transportation over our rocky roads for those with limited mobility. If you can not make this open house, AMI is also hosting a second open house in the fall on September 23rd.”

But for now, the upcoming summer open house is again held on Saturday, July 22nd from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. For more information and for more detailed directions, interested parties can call 540-468-2300 or visit


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Chris Swecker

is the Assistant Station Coordinator and a News Reporter for WVLS. He has roots in Highland County going back several generations, and he grew up in Monterey. Since graduating from James Madison University with a bachelor’s degree in Media Arts and Design, he has pursued his career at a news station and advertising agency in Virginia, on Microsoft’s campus in the state of Washington, and in both states as sole owner and employee of a video production company. He enjoys exploring life with his wife, Jessa Fowler, traveling, hiking, hunting, gardening, and trying new foods, all while discovering more about what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ. He feels blessed to be a small part of this talented AMR team to help give back to the community that has provided him with so much.

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