The second annual Farm to Table Event, hosted in partnership by the VSDB Foundation and Allegheny Mountain Institute, is set to take place Saturday, August 27, at 5:00 PM, at the AMI Urban Farm on the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind campus.
The event will feature produce grown on the AMI Urban Farm by VSDB students and AMI Fellows, and fresh regional foods including locally raised chicken, beef, and pork.
Chef Mike Lund will be on-site to prepare the evening’s fare, which will be served to guests in an open air seating under a tent adjacent to the campus farm. Attendees will also enjoy Virginia cider, craft beer and wine from Highland Counties and Augusta Counties, and Appalachian fiddle music performed by The Friendly Strangers. AMI Senior Fellows will be on hand to lead tours of the Urban Farm, rounding out an interactive experience for guests.
Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased at Young True Value Hardware in Staunton, or, reservations can be made by contacting the VSDB Foundation at 540-332-9039.
Proceeds benefit educational programming of the Allegheny Mountain Institute and the VSDB Foundation. The event supports and showcases the benefits of the school garden as a powerful educational tool: At the AMI Urban Farm, Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind students plant, cultivate, and harvest crops while learning the science and math that is foundational to successful farming. In addition, the VSDB school cafeteria prepares the vegetables for the students, which gives them an opportunity to discover tastes that may be new to them, and enjoy the fruits and vegetables of their labor.
During the 2016 season, the AMI Urban Farm at VSDB has grown and harvested 2,270 pounds of produce, thus far, with the help of VSDB students. In addition to the VSDB school cafeteria, the produce goes to the local restaurants, Staunton City Schools, Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, and other area outlets.
The VSDB Foundation and the Allegheny Mountain Institute thank Cornucopia Sponsors Seth Liskey – Edward Jones, and Jorian Polis Schutz & Farfields Farms for their generous support, as well as Sponsors Amy Thornton Grant Writing, Big Fish Cider, Billy Sowers, Cottonwood Commercial, Dental Health Associates, Farm Credit Mortgage, Modern Boy Woodshop, New County Organics, Positive Momentum, Queen City Creative/Level 7 Signs, Skill Set Partners, Spring Hollow Farm, and Young True Value Hardware.
The VSDB Foundation and the Allegheny Mountain Institute are also grateful for In-kind donations from:
- A Better Way Farm & Goat Dairy
- Augusta Cooperative Farm Bureau
- Autumn Olive Farms
- Blue Mountain Coffee
- Buffalo Creek Beef
- Main Street Farmstead
- Mary Baldwin College Dining Services
- Mt. Crawford Creamery
- Ox-Eye Vineyards
- Polyface Farm
- Staunton Steam Laundry
- The Friendly Strangers
- Ulmer’s Mountain Farm
- Virginia Trout Company