Application Deadline Extended!
February 15, 2015


AMI Farm Fellowship
2015 Applications

Allegheny Mountain Institute (AMI) is seeking inspiring individuals to participate in the fifth cohort of our AMI Farm Fellowship (formerly the AMS Fellowship).  Application documents are available for download below.  The deadline to submit your application is February 15, 2015.

Our goal at AMI is to build skills to help individuals and their communities create a vibrant and accessible local food economy.

AMI (as AMS) was founded in 2011 as an intensive, hands-on, cooperative, experiential learning and training program designed to teach members of our communities to grow and prepare their own food and to understand the nutritional benefits of eating seasonally.

The 2015 AMI Farm Fellowship begins April 19, 2015 and ends November 1, 2015. During this period, AMI Farm Fellows work both on our farm site in Highland County, Virginia and on urban farm projects in Staunton, Virginia.  They study sustainable food production, whole foods preparation and preservation, mindfulness, wellness and nutrition, land stewardship and community development, as they train to become ambassadors for a healthier food culture. Upon successful completion of the program, AMI Farm Fellows will receive a Permaculture Design Certificate, as well as gain full season experience working and learning on an education-based, diversified vegetable farm.

AMI Farm Fellows are provided room, board and training. AMI provides basic kitchen staples and AMI Farm Fellows grow much of their own food. Tuition is $3,000.00 (a limited number of scholarships are available).

AMI Farm Fellows who have successfully completed this fellowship will be eligible to apply to become AMI Senior Fellows for 2016. As AMI Senior Fellows, they will receive an $18,000 stipend for one year to work on projects and with Partner Organizations throughout Central Virginia and the Allegheny-Highlands.  AMI Senior Fellows engage in activities such as: designing and operating community and school gardens, training teachers in school garden-based curriculum, advocating sustainable land use, and teaching nutrition and cooking for a healthy lifestyle.

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In 2015, the AMI Farm Fellowship will be a program of Allegheny Mountain Institute and the Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge will act as our fiscal sponsor, as our application to be an independent non-profit moves forward.

Allegheny Mountain Institute admits candidates of any race, color, gender, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to Fellows. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs, and other school-administered programs.

Application and Instructions:

Please download the following three documents and follow the instructions carefully for mailing and sending in your fees.  All application materials must be received by AMI by February 15, 2015.

  1. AMIFellow-2015Instructions (docx) or AMIFellow-2015Instructions (pdf)
  2. AMIFellow-2015Application (docx) or  AMIFellow-2015Application (pdf)
  3. AMIFellow-2015Application-Reference (docx) or AMIFellow-2015Application-Reference (pdf)
Financial Aid Form:

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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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