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Phase I Fellowship Capstone Projects

Updated: Nov 2, 2020

This year's Capstone projects explored everything from herbalism and equity, to seed saving and beekeeping. Check out the Phase I Fellow's projects below!

Building out Beekeeping at the Allegheny Farm

Melanie Canales - Boston, MA

A healthy pollinator presence can improve crop health by 10-30% and AMI can capitalize on this symbiotic relationship with a comprehensive beekeeping program. Using data-tracking, a seasonal, illustrated reference guide, and resources harvested during the 2020 Phase I season, this capstone builds a foundation for future Fellows of all experience ranges to improve and maintain the health of AMI's mountain-based beehives.

AMI Bee Manual
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Advancing Racial Equity at AMI Jamie Rudd - Madras, OR · Justin Seguret - Madison County, NC · Sophie May, Syracuse, NY This capstone explores steps AMI can take to establish an antiracist focus and develop its engagement in racial equity work. Specific outcomes include feedback from current and past Fellows, suggestions for future fellowship workshops and partnerships, and recommendations for antiracist structural change within the organization.

Racial Equity Recommendations
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Report Alumni Survey Results
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Developing Racial Equity in our Workshop
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Seed Saving on the Allegheny Farm Dylan Koenig - San Francisco, CA · Hannah Dorrel - Manassas, VA Saving seed from the garden each season helps develop crops that are adapted to the climate they are grown in, preserves varieties and cultural heritage, and can save money. This capstone develops a seed saving system for future Phase I fellows to enjoy the practice of cultivating mountain-adapted seeds.

Seed Saving Guide
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Basic Herbalism - Tutorial Videos and Growing Resource Guide Lauren Glaze - Charlotte, NC · Sarah Spinner - Richmond, VA This project aims to provide basic education and guidance in herbalism, reintroducing medicinal plants into one’s daily routine. It includes written and visual resources that provide accessible, general information about these herbs as well as how to grow, cultivate, and utilize them. This project hopes to contribute to the revitalization of Appalachian culture of resourcefulness and relationship to medicinal herbs.

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