AMS Senior Fellows are working with these Partner Organizations in 2014


The Highland Center, Monterey VA

The Highland Center in Monterey, Virginia.  The Highland Center’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 pride.  Allegheny Mountain School is a program of The Highland Center.

Blue Ridge Area Food Bank

The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank exists for a few simple reasons: Food sustains life. It restores options. It provides hope.  Mission: To feed the hungry through a network of community organizations in central and western Virginia, and to engage our communities in the fight to end hunger locally and nationally.

Founded in 1981, the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank is the largest organization alleviating hunger in western and central Virginia. We provide emergency food assistance to more than 120,000 people each month from all walks of life. The number of people seeking help is soaring. We’re serving twice the number of people we served five years ago across 25 counties and nine cities. AMS Senior Fellow Mandy Henkler is a Nutrition Fellow at the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.
At City Schoolyard Garden, we have a vision: that young people thrive with the opportunity to engage with nature, to enhance their academic learning through hands-on experience, and to cultivate skills for healthy living.  We currently manage gardens at all six Charlottesville public elementary schools, as well as Buford Middle School – encompassing over 8,750 square feet of diverse organic gardens with over 10,000 student interactions each year. AMS Senior Fellow Whitney McDermott is working at City Schoolyard Gardens.


Project GROWS seeks to address obesity in Augusta County, Staunton, and Waynesboro by giving children and youth opportunities to grow produce, compost vegetable waste, and learn about nutrition. Goals: 1.Create community farming activities accessible to children, youth, and community members.2.Provide service opportunities for youth to become leaders in community farming activities. 3.Provide nutrition education to children, youth, their families, and community members. 4.Make high-quality, nutritious food available to members of the community that lack access, especially the families of children and youth involved in programs. 5.Promote growing your own produce for families and members of the community.  AMS Senior Fellows Susanna Byrd and Roger Woo are working at Project Grows.

NCP New Community Project (NCP) in Harrisonburg, VA, is a program of New Community Project, a faith-based nonprofit organization committed to the creation of sustainable systems that care for the earth, empower people most marginalized and impoverished, educate and inspire, and build the foundation for a nonviolent lifestyle. They work to create transformation at both the personal level and community level in three key areas that have the highest impact; food, transportation, and built environment. AMS Senior Fellow Ian Sawyer is working at NCP.
Valley Conservation Council Serving the Shenandoah Valley region of Virginia, including Alleghany, Augusta, Bath, Botetourt, Frederick, Highland, Page, Rockbridge, Rockingham, Shenandoah, and Warren counties and their communities. Valley Conservation Council promotes land use that sustains the farms, forests, open spaces and cultural heritage of the Shenandoah Valley region of Virginia. VCC’s members make a difference by helping keep land open, intact and productive, restore and protect the vital waters of our streams and rivers and encourage better development with vibrant towns and cities. AMS Senior Fellow Kate Hopkins is Local Food Programs Coordinator at VCC.
VSDBVirginia School for the Deaf and the Blind exists to provide an environment which fosters self-confident students who are contributing citizens and life-long learners and to be a resource of excellence for the communities of Virginia who serve students with deafness and or blindness. Our mission at the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind is to provide educational and residential services that promote: Value for each person and their unique abilities, Success in meeting each student’s academic goals, Diversity in instruction to meet the needs of all students, Building opportunities that foster expertise in technology and its integration, communication, and achievement for all staff and students and their families. AMS Senior Fellows Ben Samuelson and Emily Melvin are working with AMS Project Manager, Trevor Piersol, at the VSDB Educational Farm.
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