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Allegheny Mountain Institute Farm and Food Fellowship

Contact information
Farm Address:
PO Box 542
2599 Bear Mountain Rd
Staunton, Virginia , 24402

Primary Contact: Jessa Fowler
Secondary Contact: Rick Gatlin

Primary Phone:
    Number: 540-886-0160



Internship information
General Farm Description: Set on hundreds of acres of land in rural Highland County, the AMI Allegheny Farm Campus is situated atop Allegheny Mountain on an old farmstead at a Triple Watershed Divide and is bordered by both the Monongahela and George Washington National Forests. The diversified farm grows vegetables and orchard fruits using organic methods, as well as mushrooms and honey. The farm also integrates chickens, ducks and cows into its regenerative system.

CRAFT Member Farm? No

Internship Starts: 5/17/2020
Internship Ends: 12/17/2021
Number of Internship Available: 9
Application Deadline: 3/9/2020
Minimum Length of Stay: 18 months

Internship Details:

AMI’s 18-month, fully-sponsored Farm and Food Education Fellowship prepares and empowers Fellows to become teachers and ambassadors for a more vibrant and accessible local food system. Selected Fellows spend six months in immersive training on our mountain farm campus (Phase I), and one year in service work with food-related non-profit partner organizations (Phase II). AMI is an educational nonprofit organization with the mission to cultivate healthy communities through food and education.

Educational Opportunities: 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. Phase II: Fellows gain hands-on work experience and build leadership skills with monthly professional development sessions and workshops. Phase II Fellows are supported with monthly mentoring sessions with staff.

Skills Desired: 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.

Meals: All meals provided during Phase I. AMI supplements farm-grown foods with whole foods staples.

Stipend: After successful completion of Phase I and commitment to the Phase II contract, Fellows receive a $1,000 stipend. During Phase II, Fellows receive $10 per hour.

Housing: Housing is provided on AMI's Mountain Farm during Phase I. It includes: shared, hand-crafted wood cabins, dining hall/library area with wifi, and communal living area. The Mountain Farm borders two national forests and is about 30 minutes to the nearby town of Monterey, VA. Housing is not provided during Phase II.

Preferred method of Contact: Email