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Interested in hosting a COMMUNITY Fellow?

AMI expands its impact through partnerships with area non-profits. 


​​AMI provides partner organizations with passionate, trained individuals for one year and contributes approximately 60% of the Community Action Year Fellow’s salary and related costs. Past Community Action Year work has included a variety of farm and food projects, including but not limited to:


  • Growing and distributing diversified crops on a market-style farm

  • Implementing educational sessions for innovative health care

  • Maintaining school or community gardens

  • Integrating and teaching food and ecological literacy into school activities

  • Supporting farmers markets and direct-to-consumer programs

  • Developing distribution channels for increased access to healthy foods

  • Supporting community garden and food coalition activities

  • Mentoring the next cohort of Fellows


Community Action Year Fellows are supported with continuing education, professional development, mentoring, and spend up to 20% of their work time in Fellowship related work.

Non-profit organizations working for food-based community development, local agriculture, health, and/or environmental sustainability that are located within Highland, Augusta, and Rockingham Counties are encouraged to apply to host a Community Fellow. Applications are due June 25.

Please direct any questions to 

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​AMI partners with organizations that are able and willing to meet the following criteria:

  • Are a non-profit working in the AMI impact region of Augusta, Highland, or Rockingham Counties, VA, and have a mission that supports food-based community development, local agriculture, health, and/or environmental sustainability. 

  • Incorporate at least 8 hours per week of garden or farm work time to reinforce these skills (can be met through a split position with work on an AMI Farm site). 

  • Commit to using sustainable, regenerative and/or organic farm practices and prohibit the use of toxic substances and/or hazardous materials that may drift to the worksite. 

  • Provide an accessible, supportive on-site supervisor that will supervise the Community Fellow’s daily work responsibilities, including regular work check-ins, timesheet approval, and review and discussion of monthly reporting documents, 90-day, and end-of-year evaluations.

  • Provide a $12,000 contribution to AMI for participating in Community Action Year. This equals approximately 40% of the cost of the salary and insurance for a Fellow. This amount may be prorated for Fellows working less than 40 hours per week. Organizations that are unable to make the total contribution are encouraged to apply and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

  • Acknowledge AMI as a supporting organization in marketing materials and communications channels, including its website, social media, and print publicity.

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