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Phase I: room/board and $1000 upon successful completion, Phase II: $8.65/hour
The Fellowship begins on AMI's mountain farm in Highland County, VA. Phase II positions are located in Highland and Augusta Counties, VA.
To apply, please visit www.alleghenymountaininstitute.org
AMI's application process includes:
Professional References (3)
$50 application fee, payable by check or online. May be waived for U.S. military veterans, current Service Corps members, or other extenuating circumstances.
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis when complete. For more information, please e-mail email@example.com, visit www.alleghenymountaininstitute.org, or call 540-886-0160
During Phase I, Fellows make meals from foods grown on the farm. Meals are supplemented with additional whole food staples provided by AMI.
During Phase II, Fellow may work with a Partner Organization that is able to provide a farm share.
Applicants must be physically fit, able to lift 50 pounds, walk distances up and down steep hills, work outdoors for extended periods of the day, and be comfortable living and working communally as a team in a remote, mountain setting.
In Phase I, Fellows gain a full season of experience in sustainable growing methods and small animal husbandry on a small-scale farm. Through hands-on experiences, workshops, field trips, educational sessions, and trainings. AMI Fellows study a variety of topics, including sustainable agriculture practices, whole foods preparation and preservation, wellness and nutrition, land stewardship, leadership, and community development. The curriculum includes expert guest instructors, field trips, and daily garden and educational sessions. In addition, AMI Fellows develop their own skills and interests through a Fellowship-long Capstone Project.
In Phase II, AMI Fellows apply their Phase I training through year-long work placements with partner organizations working to improve community health and build local food systems through food and education. Phase II Fellows work on projects and programs such as developing school gardens and site-based curriculum, developing infrastructure for local food systems, growing food, and increasing food access, and teaching nutrition and cooking for a healthy lifestyle.
Allegheny Mountain Institute (AMI) is seeking applicants for its fully-funded Farm and Food Education Fellowship. The 18-month Fellowship prepares and empowers individuals to become teachers and ambassadors for a more vibrant and accessible local food system. Selected Fellows spend six months in immersive training on our farm campus (Phase I) and one year in service work with relevant partner organizations (Phase II). The Fellowship is a program of AMI, an educational non-profit organization with the mission to cultivate healthy communities through food and education.
Phase I – Farm Study (April 22-October 31, 2018)
• Gain hands-on experience in sustainable fruit and vegetable production, small animal husbandry, beekeeping, homesteading skills and more!
• Study regenerative farming, nutrition and wellness, permaculture design and community development with expert guest instructors, field trips, and educational sessions.
• Explore local food system leadership opportunities and participate in school gardens, farmers markets and other community events.
• Stay in handcrafted cabins, study in wifi-equipped common spaces and share farm-fresh meals supplemented with whole food staples.
• Receive $1,000 upon successful completion.
Phase II – Service Application (January 2- December 31, 2019)
• Work with AMI and Partner Organizations to help build healthy communities through food and education
• Contribute to projects such as developing school gardens and site-based curriculum, creating infrastructure for local food systems, growing food and increasing food access, and teaching nutrition and cooking.
• Build leadership skills through monthly professional development sessions and continuing education.
• Receive an annual salary of $18,000 (less payroll taxes, paid bi-weekly)
Phase I: 40-60 hours per week, Phase II: 40 hours per week
Allegheny Mountain Institute is a 501(c)3 educational nonprofit whose mission is to cultivate healthy communities through food and education. Our vision is to create a thriving network of collaborative, vibrant communities, who value the connection between food and health. AMI's flagship program is a fully-funded Farm and Food Education Fellowship.