Farm and Food System Fellowship - Allegheny Mountain Institute - Tuition Free

Farm and Food System Fellowship – Applications Due March 10

Allegheny 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.

Farm and Food Study: May 17 – October 27, 2021

  • Work, live, and learn 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 $1,000 stipend upon signature and commitment to the Community Action Year contract. Additional benefits include housing at the Allegheny Farm Campus and farm produce supplemented with whole food staples, plus 3 days of personal leave and 3 holidays.

Community Action Year:  January 10 – December 16, 2022

  • Put training into action through a year of immersive farm and food work with AMI and community partner organizations in Highland and Augusta 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 $10 per hour (less payroll taxes, paid bi-weekly). Additional benefits include health insurance, Workers’ Compensation, 10 days of paid time off, and 1 day of wellness leave per month.

At AMI’s discretion, Fellows may be asked to repay the costs of Farm and Food Study if they voluntarily leave the program early or fail to commit to or complete the Community Action Year. Applicants invited to participate in the Fellowship must clear a background check.

Apply online at by March 10.

Learn more at or for more information, e-mail [email protected].

AMI admits participants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable Federal, State and local laws.

Jessa Fowler

Fellowship Director | she/her

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