Tuition for the six month AMI Farm Fellowship is $3,000.
The AMI Farm Fellowship includes room and board, training, workshops with experts, and a full Permaculture curriculum that culminates in a Permaculture Design Certificate.
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The AMI 2015 Farm Fellowship begins April 19, 2015 and ends November 1, 2015. During this time, AMI Farm Fellows work both on our farm site in Highland County, Virginia and on urban farm projects in Staunton, Virginia. AMI Farm Fellows study sustainable food production, whole foods preparation and preservation, mindfulness, wellness and nutrition, land stewardship and community development, as they train to become ambassadors for a healthier food culture. Upon successful completion of the program, AMI Farm Fellows will receive a Permaculture Design Certificate, as well as gain full season experience working and learning on an education-based, diversified vegetable farm.
AMI Farm Fellows who have successfully completed the fellowship will be eligible to apply to become AMI Senior Fellows for 2016. As AMI Senior Fellows, you will receive an $18,000 stipend for one year to work on projects and with Partner Organizations throughout Central Virginia and the Allegheny-Highlands. AMI Senior Fellows engage in activities such as: designing and operating community and school gardens, training teachers in school garden-based curriculum, advocating sustainable land use, and teaching nutrition and cooking for a healthy lifestyle.
After graduation, AMI Fellows have gone on to work in school gardens and helped students and their teachers grow their own food. They've become community local food advocates and organizers. They go to graduate school and they've published articles about the food movement and pressing health and environmental issues. They teach garden based learning in public schools. They've managed community and urban farms and helped launch value-add artisanal food businesses. They become young farmers!
Mandy Henkler was raised in a suburb north west of Philadelphia and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Community Entrepreneurship and Food Systems from the University of Vermont. It was in Vermont that she found her passion for local food and organic farming. She spent her childhood playing outside or in the kitchen and is happy to say that is still where she spends most of her time. Mandy came to be the Outreach Coordinator at the Allegheny Mountain Institute after finishing up her Allegheny Mountain School Senior Fellowship at the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. While at the Food Bank Mandy realized the extreme need in our community for access to healthy whole food. She will be working on projects aimed at feeding underserved populations and educating them on gardening, nutrition and cooking skills.
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