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Allegheny Mountain Institute

Contact information
Farm Address:
PO Box 542
Staunton , Virginia , 24553

Primary Contact: Jessa Fowler
Secondary Contact: Sue Erhardt

Primary Phone:
    Number: 540-886-0160



Internship information
General Farm Description: "AMI is an educational nonprofit organization with the mission to cultivate healthy communities through food and education. 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. Set on hundreds of acres of land in rural Highland County, the AMI Mountain Farm Campus is situated 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, mushrooms, honey, and small animals. "

CRAFT Member Farm? No

Internship Starts: 5/13/2019
Internship Ends: 12/18/2020
Number of Internship Available: 6
Application Deadline: 2/1/2019
Minimum Length of Stay: 18 months

Internship Details:

“The paid, experiential 18-month Fellowship prepares and empowers individuals to become teachers and ambassadors for a more vibrant and accessible local food system. Selected Fellows are fully funded to spend six months in immersive training on our farm campus (Phase I) and one year in service work with relevant partner organizations (Phase II).

During Phase I, Fellows connect with the food system as they live, work and study on the mountain farm campus in rural Highland County, Virginia. Fellows gain hands-on experience in sustainable fruit and vegetable production, small animal husbandry, beekeeping and more.

During Phase II, Fellows work with AMI and Partner Organizations to help build healthy communities through food and education. During this time, Fellows contribute to projects such as managing school gardens, developing site-based curriculum, creating infrastructure for local food systems, growing food and increasing food access, and teaching nutrition and cooking.”

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, 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