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GROWING FOOD, BUILDING COMMUNITY
Allegheny Mountain School (AMS) is an experiential fellowship program designed to serve our region’s communities in developing a more secure food system. The fiscal sponsor and program manager for AMS is The Highland Center (the Center), a non-profit organization located in Monterey, Virginia.
Allegheny Mountain School (AMS) was founded in 2011 as an intensive, hands-on, cooperative, experiential learning, two-phase program, which takes place over twenty months. This fully funded program is designed to teach Fellows to teach others to grow and prepare their own food, and to understand the nutritional benefits of eating seasonally. AMS Fellows work on local food projects as community builders and leaders.
In Phase I (April-November), AMS Fellows study sustainable food production, whole foods management and preparation, wellness and nutrition, land stewardship, and community development to become ambassadors for a healthier food culture.
In Phase II (January 1 through December 31), AMS Senior Fellows work in the service of Partner Organizations focused on activities such as: building community gardens, developing school gardens and site based curriculum, advocating sustainable land use, teaching nutrition and cooking for a healthy lifestyle. The cohort meets regularly for Leadership Development, as they join and are supported by the entire AMS Fellowship network.
Our intention at AMS is to assemble a cohort of highly curious, hardworking individuals, with complementary skills and experiences, in order to create a cohesive and cooperative team for living, working and studying. Our goal is to build skills to help communities create a vibrant and accessible local food economy.