Farm Fellowship Program in Virginia

AMI Farm Fellowship 2015 Applications  Allegheny Mountain Institute (AMI) in Staunton, Virginia is seeking inspiring individuals to participate in the fifth cohort of our AMI Farm Fellowship (formerly the AMS Fellowship).  Applications are available at www.alleghenymountainschool.org.  The deadline to submit your application is January 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. For more information, please visit www.alleghenymountainschool.org, the Allegheny Mountain School Facebook page or email us at info@alleghenymountainschool.org. Please join us on December 10th at 7PM EST for a telephone question and answer session with Allegheny Mountain Institute staff.  Dial-in number: 323-920-0091.  Attendee PIN: 698 5335#.

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