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Farm and Food System Fellowship

Allegheny Mountain Institute
December 15, 2021
Fishersville, Select...
Type of farm?
Diverse (Animals/Plants)
Start Date
End Date
Work Schedule
Farm and Food Study - 40-60 hours per week, Community Action Year - 40 hours per week
Farm and Food Study - $1,400, Community Action Year - $13/hour
Housing Available
Housing Location
On Farm
Meals Provided
Which Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Positions Available



llegheny Mountain Institute’s 18-month Farm and Food System Fellowship is a tuition-free educational program that fully sponsors, trains, and empowers individuals to become teachers and advocates for a food system that is socially, environmentally, and economically just. Selected Fellows spend six months in experiential, residential Farm and Food Study at AMI’s Allegheny Farm Campus, followed by a Community Action Year, applying their training in partnership with regional non-profit organizations.

Location Specifics

Farm and Food Study - Highland County VA

Community Action Year - Sites in Highland County, Augusta County (including Staunton and Waynesboro cities) and Rockingham County, VA

Position Description

Farm and Food Study: May 16 - October 26, 2022
- Learn, live, and study with a cohort of passionate individuals dedicated to revitalizing the food system on a remote mountain farm in Highland County, VA.
- Gain hands-on experience in fruit and vegetable production, poultry care, rotational grazing, mushroom cultivation, beekeeping, agroforestry, ecological farm design, food preservation, whole food cooking, and multiple aspects of the food system.
- Explore critical food system issues and deepen farming skills through educational sessions and a diverse range of weekly workshops or field trips.
- Receive a $1,400 stipend. $1,000 is paid upon successful competition and commitment to the Community Action Year contract and $400 is paid with the first Community Action Year paycheck. Additional benefits include housing at the Allegheny Farm Campus and farm produce supplemented with whole food staples, plus personal leave, wellness leave, and holidays. Scholarship funds are available to help offset additional living expenses.

Community Action Year: January 9 - December 15, 2023
- Put training into action through a year of immersive farm and food work with AMI and community partner organizations in Highland, Augusta, and Rockingham Counties, Virginia.
- Build knowledge and skills in farming, food systems, and professional practices through monthly continuing education opportunities, field trips, and workshops.
- Grow through monthly mentorship and support by AMI staff.
- Earn $13 per hour with health insurance benefits, workers’ compensation insurance, holidays, paid time off, and wellness leave.

Education Potential

Through hands-on experience, workshops, field trips, and trainings, Farm Fellows will learn:
Organic methods for fruit and vegetable production
Rotational grazing and livestock management
Poultry care and harvesting
Soil building, composting, and carbon sequestration
Ecological Farm Design and Planning
Mushroom Cultivation
Wildcrafting and herbalism
Market Farming
Nutrition and Wellness
Food Systems and Food Policy
Community Development
Teaching Strategies

Community Fellow learning at workshops, field trips, regional conferences, and trainings includes: ​
Winter farming skills (maple syrup, pruning, and grafting)
Farm set-ups and strategies
Food systems and policy
Strategies for facilitating learning
Community development
Change-making strategies and program evaluation
Preparing for life post-Fellowship

Food Provided

AMI provides Farm Fellows with housing and whole-food staples to supplement what food is grown on the farm. Fellows cook and eat lunch and dinner communally.

Community Fellows may receive a food share depending on their placement.


We look for a diverse cohort of Fellows that are passionate about creating a food system that is socially, environmentally, and economically just - and have the leadership potential and drive to follow that passion through. Though farming or gardening experience is great, it's not required. We know that diverse teams are stronger and we appreciate that AMI Fellows come from a variety of backgrounds, with a variety of experiences.

Application Process

Apply online at by February 7.
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