Allegheny Mountain Institute believes in the power of food to build vibrant, healthy communities. That's why AMI fully sponsors, trains and empowers Fellows to gain the skills they need to dig in and transform the food system. Learn more.
The 2020-2021 Fellowship application cycle has closed, but the 2021-2022 Fellowship application will open November 2020. Until then, stay in touch via our mailing list or social media and send us an email to get a personalized notification when the application opens!
About the Fellowship
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. AMI Fellows spend six months in immersive, residential training on the Allegheny Farm Campus (Phase I) and one year in service work in the region with AMI and food-related non-profit partner organizations (Phase II). The AMI Fellowship builds strong leaders who successfully work to build more cohesive community food systems. Alumni go on to work as farmers, local food coordinators, school garden educators, and advocates for sustainable food systems. 2021-2022 applications open November 2020.
AMI and its partner non-profit organizations in Highland and Augusta Counties are working to grow the local food system, support local farmers, increase access to healthy foods, and promote health and wellness through healthy eating.
In Phase II, Fellows give back and apply their Phase I training in a year of service in the region (January - December). Working with AMI and like-minded non-profit partner organizations, Phase II Fellows lead and contribute to a wide variety of projects. Depending on their placement, Phase II Fellows will be involved with growing food on a market-style farm, creating infrastructure for local food systems, teaching gardening and cooking skills and developing school gardens and site-based curriculum. In every position, Fellows participate in at least one full day's worth of farm or garden work per week to gain a second season of farm experience.
Each month, Phase II Fellows meet for peer support and professional development, participate in a workshop or field trip, and join forces for workdays rotating between each of the Phase II placement organizations. All Phase II Fellows are supported with monthly one-on-one mentoring. As Phase II draws to a close, Fellows work to develop and prepare for post-Fellowship goals.
Phase II Fellows are paid an hourly wage of $10 per hour (subject to payroll taxes) and are paid bi-weekly. Fellows work 40 hours per week and occasional evening and weekend commitments are required. Phase II Fellows are provided with basic benefits, including Workers’ Compensation, paid time off and sick leave.
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