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Fully Sponsored Farm and Food Education Fellowship

Allegheny Mountain Institute
December 2, 2019
Staunton, Virginia
Type of farm?
Diverse (Animals/Plants)
Start Date
Work Schedule
Phase I: 40-60 hours per week, Phase II: 40 hours per week
Phase I: room/board and $1000 upon successful completion and Phase II commitment, Phase II: $10/hour
Housing Available
Housing Location
On Farm
Meals Provided
Which Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Positions Available
Tag Words
Bees, Butchering On Farm, Cattle, Chicken, Composting, Cooking, Eggs, Farm Tours, Flowers, Fruit, Further Processing, Non-GMO, Organic, Pastured, Permaculture, Poultry, Seasonal, Vegetable



What if you had the chance to spend six months on top of a mountain, learning how to grow food for yourself and your community? What if you could get paid to spend a year sharing the power of growing and eating real, fresh food? This, in a nutshell, is our 18 month Farm and Food Fellowship.

Allegheny Mountain Institute is a 501(c)3 educational nonprofit whose mission is to cultivate healthy communities through food and education. Our vision is to create a thriving network of collaborative, vibrant communities, who value the connection between food and health.

Location Specifics

The Fellowship begins on AMI's mountain farm in Highland County, VA. Phase II positions are located in Highland and Augusta Counties, VA.

Position Description

Now in its ninth year, Allegheny Mountain Institute’s fully sponsored 18-month Fellowship prepares and empowers individuals 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).

Phase I – Farm Study (May 11 – October 28, 2020)
• Gain hands-on experience in sustainable fruit and vegetable production, poultry and animal husbandry, beekeeping, homesteading skills and more on our mountain farm in Highland County, VA.
• Study regenerative farming, nutrition and wellness, herbalism, permaculture design, and community development through expert guest instructors, field trips, and educational sessions.
• Explore local food system leadership opportunities through participation with school garden activities, a weekly farmers market, farm stay programming and more.
• Experience living in a temperate deciduous forest on the Eastern Continental Divide, reside in handcrafted cabins, and share farm-fresh meals supplemented with whole food staples.
• Phase I Fellows receive $1,000 stipend upon signature and commitment to the Phase II contract. Additional benefits include: room and board, paid time off.

Phase II – Service Work (January 6 - December 18, 2020)
• Apply Phase I training and work with AMI and Partner Organizations to help build healthy communities through food and education in Highland and Augusta Counties, Virginia.
• Contribute to projects such as: growing food and increasing food access, developing local food system infrastructure, and creating and teaching site-based garden curriculum.
• Build farming and leadership skills through monthly continuing education opportunities, field trips and workshops.
• Grow through monthly mentorship and support by AMI staff.
• Earn $10 per hour (less payroll taxes, paid bi-weekly). Additional benefits include: Workers’ Compensation coverage, paid time off and health leave.

Education Potential

In 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, weekly 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. In addition, AMI Fellows develop their own skills and interests through a Fellowship-long Capstone Project.

In Phase II, AMI Fellows apply their Phase I training through year-long work placements with partner organizations working to improve community health and build local food systems through food and education. Phase II Fellows work on projects and programs such as growing food and increasing food access, developing local food system infrastructure, and creating and teaching site-based garden curriculum. Phase II Fellows build farming and leadership skills through monthly continuing education opportunities, field trips and workshops. In addition, Fellows are provided with monthly mentorship and support by AMI staff.

Food Provided

During Phase I, Fellows make meals from foods grown on the farm. Meals are supplemented with additional whole food staples provided by AMI.

During Phase II, Fellow may work with a Partner Organization that is able to provide a farm share.


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. Applicants invited to participate in the Fellowship must clear a background check. At AMI's discretion, Fellows may be asked to repay the costs of Phase I of the Fellowship if they voluntarily leave the program early or fail to commit to or complete Phase II.

Application Process

To apply, please visit

AMI's application process includes:
Fellow Application
$30 application fee, payable by check or online. The application fee is waived for U.S. military veterans, current Service Corps members, graduated from Highland or Augusta County High Schools, or other extenuating circumstances.

Applications are reviewed when complete. For more information, please e-mail, visit, or call 540-886-0160


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