2012 Phase I Workshops/Lectures/Lessons

  • Bread and Cheese Making
  • First Aid/CPR with Cathy Halterman
  • Tool Sharpening with David Collins
  • Tools/Construction with Josh Simmons
  • Grafting Fruit Trees with Kirk Billingsley
  • Shiitake Mushroom Cultivation with Paul Goland
  • Weed Eater, Chainsaw, Tiller, Shredder/Chipper, Car Maintenance
  • Stone Masonry with Zach Foster
  • Beekeeping with Nicole Balenger
  • Soil and Water Conservation with Bobby Whitescarver
  • Meadmaking with Bernice Eubank
  • Garden Walks
  • Birdwatching with John Rowlett
  • Chinese Medicine with Noah Goldstein
  • Mushroom Foraging with Skip Talaiferro
  • Public Health and Nutrition with Helen Brown
  • Seed Saving with Ira Wallace
  • Fermentation with Dawn Story
  • Succession Gardening Workshop
  • Food Preservation (Drying, Freezing and Canning)
  • Chicken Butchering with Sarah Ricketts
  • Non-Profit Management with Betty Mitchell
  • Permaculture and Nutrition with Dr. Ted Butchart
  • Leadership and Communication Skills

2012 Phase I Field Trips

  • Marsha and Richard Laska’s Farm
  • Radical Roots
  • Edible Landscaping

2012 Phase I Activities

  • Gardening!
  • Goat husbandry
  • Chicken care
  • Beekeeping
  • Fencing
  • Hikes with Pen Goodall
  • Camp Hidden Meadows
  • Farmer’s Market demos
  • Heritage Harvest Festival Presentations
  • Fruit Picking/Cider making
  • Taste of Highland
  • Sheep shearing
  • Allegheny Neighbor’s Dinner
  • Entering AMS produce in Highland County Fair
  • Highway Cleanup
  • Churchville Fall Festival
  • Focus/Research Project


Photos from this season’s workshops:

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Find out about the events, workshops, farming and life as an AMS Fellow.

Allegheny Mountain School (AMS) is a project of The Highland Center, located in Monterey, Virginia. It’s mission is to serve all citizens of Highland County by being a catalyst for cultural and economic development, and to preserve a historic landmark as a symbol of unity and community pride. [Read More]

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Allegheny Mountain School PartnersPhase II of the AMS Fellowship is spent working for a non-profit for one year.

In 2014, AMS Senior Fellows will be working for these organizations in our region focused on local food, conservation and strengthening communities.

City Schoolyard Garden
Project Grows
New Community Project
Valley Conservation Council
Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind

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