Allegheny Mountain Institute (AMI)

Allegheny Mountain Institute Farm and Food Fellowship

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Posted On:
Closing On:
Thursday, 1st November 2018
Friday, 1st February 2019
Category: Training
Location: Hightown, Virginia
2599 Bear Mountain Road, US-250, Hightown, Virginia 24465
Job Type:
Full Time

Job Description:

About the Fellowship:

Now in its eighth year, Allegheny Mountain Institute’s fully sponsored 18-month Fellowship prepares and empowers individuals to become teachers and ambassadors for a more vibrant and accessible local food system. AMI fully sponsors Fellows to spend six months in immersive training on our mountain farm campus (Phase I) and one year in service work with AMI and food-related non-profit partner organizations (Phase II). 

AMI's Fellowship creates strong leaders who successfully work to build more cohesive community food systems. AMI alumni go on to work as local food coordinators, farmers, school garden facilitators, market farm managers, food systems educators, and advocates for sustainable food systems.


What Will You Study?

  • Full Season Organic Gardening
  • Cooking, Preserving & Fermentation
  • Food Systems and Food Access
  • Nutrition & Wellness
  • Soil Science
  • Small Animal Husbandry
  • Permaculture Design
  • Beekeeping
  • Herbalism and Foraging
  • Community Development
  • Nonprofit Management ... and Much More!


Phase I - Farm Study (May 13 - October 30, 2019)

 During the six months of Phase I, a cohort of passionate individuals committed to revitalizing our foodshed live, work, and study together on AMI’s Mountain Farm in Highland County, VA. On the farm, Fellows gain a full-season of experience in sustainable growing methods, small animal husbandry, and homesteading skills. In addition to growing and preserving their own food, Fellows develop a deeper understanding of the connections between food and health through weekly workshops, field trips and educational sessions. Fellows gain experience with multiple aspects of the food system including: teaching in a school garden, selling at a Farmers Market and supporting the AMI Farm Stay program. In addition, AMI Fellows develop their own skills and interests through a culminating Phase I Capstone Project.

 Phase I Fellows are provided with room and board. In exchange, Phase I Fellows spend approximately 40-60 hours per week learning, studying and working on the farm, with occasional evening and weekend commitments for chores and AMI events. Fellows are granted personal days and holidays.

Tuition to Phase I is fully subsidized by AMI for all Fellows who fulfill the AMI Fellowship requirements, including participation in the Phase II year of service. Phase I Fellows will receive a $1,000 stipend upon signature and commitment to the Phase II contract.


Phase II - Service Work (January 6 - December 18, 2020) 

In Phase II, Fellows give back and apply their Phase I training to a year of service with AMI and its non-profit partner organizations in the region that are striving to grow the local food system and support local farmers, increase access to healthy foods, promote health and wellness through healthy eating. In these positions, Fellows lead and contribute to projects such as: growing food on a market-style farm, creating infrastructure for local food systems, teaching gardening and cooking skills, and developing school gardens and site-based curriculum. Phase II Placements with Partner Organizations in 2019 include: Project Grows, Highland County Public Schools, the Allegheny Mountain Farm, and the AMI Farm at Augusta Health.

In this continuation of the Fellowship, Phase II Fellows meet monthly for leadership training and professional development sessions. In addition, Fellows deepen their understanding of farming practices, non-profit management, and education with at least one workshop or field trip per month.

All Phase II Fellows are supported with monthly one-on-one mentoring. As Phase II draws to a close, Fellows work to develop and prepare for post-Fellowship goals.

Phase II Fellows are paid an hourly wage of $10 per hour (subject to payroll taxes) and are paid bi-weekly. Fellows work 40 hours per week, occasional evening and weekend commitments are required. Phase II Fellows are provided with basic benefits, including Workers’ Compensation, paid time off and sick leave.


To Apply: 

Full fellowship description and online application are available here.

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