Highland County, Virginia
Allegheny Mountain School is seeking inspiring individuals to participate in
our 18 month fully-funded food and community development fellowship program in
2014-2015 and we are extending our application deadline to January 15, 2014.
Applications received earlier will be reviewed and interviews begin in early
Our intention at AMS is to assemble a cohort of highly curious, hardworking
individuals, with complementary skills and experiences, in order to create a
cohesive and cooperative team for living, working and studying.
Our goal is to build skills to help communities create a vibrant and
accessible local food economy.
AMS is an intensive, hands-on, cooperative, experiential learning, two-phase
program, designed to teach people to grow and prepare their own food, and to
understand the nutritional benefits of eating seasonally. AMS Fellows work on
local food projects as community builders and leaders.
In Phase I (April 27 – November 1, 2014), AMS Fellows’ live work and study
cooperatively on a 550 acre farm located in the picturesque mountains of
Highland County. During the course of their residency Fellows explore topics
such as: permaculture design, sustainable food production, whole foods
management and preparation, wellness and nutrition, land stewardship, and
community development to become ambassadors for a healthier food culture.
In Phase II (January 1st through December 31st, 2015), AMS Senior Fellows work
in the service of Partner Organizations throughout the region focused on
activities such as: developing school gardens and site based curriculum,
advocating sustainable land use, teaching nutrition and cooking for a healthy
lifestyle, and building community gardens. In addition, the cohort meets
regularly for Leadership Development, as they join and receive continuous
support from the entire AMS Fellowship network.
AMS Fellows are provided room and board during Phase I and there are no
program fees (other than to apply). AMS provides basic kitchen staples and
the Fellows grow much of their own food. At the end of the six months, AMS
Fellows receive a $1,000 stipend for successful completion of this portion of
During Phase II, Fellows receive a $1,250 monthly stipend for their work for
the duration of 12 months and are expected to help build capacity in our
Partner Organizations as they share and teach the skills they have learned
during their first six months in the program
Allegheny Mountain School (AMS) was founded in 2011 as a not-for-profit
experiential fellowship program designed to serve communities in developing a
more secure food system. The fiscal sponsor for AMS is The Highland Center
(THC), a non-profit organization located in Monterey, Virginia.