Application for the 2013 Fellowship

AMS 2013 FellowApplication Packet

Download the Application Packet  (find link above).  Read all instructions carefully and submit required documents, references, application and application fee by the February 15, 2013 deadline. We encourage applicants to apply early, as decisions are made on a rolling basis. Email with questions.

Note: You may need to update your Adobe Acrobat Reader (free software) in order to open the application packet.  After doing so, download the AMS application packet.  This is an editable PDF portfolio and it contains three files.  When Adobe Acrobat opens, you will see one file highlighted at the top of the page and a rendering of three below it.  Click on the highlighted file and on the upper right hand corner of the container frame you will see an Open File link.  Click on the link and you can enter data and text ( if there is a form in the file), save each file separately to your computer and/or print.  Contact if you continue to have trouble accessing these files.

Allegheny Mountain School (AMS) was founded in 2011 as a not-for-profit experiential fellowship program designed to serve our region’s communities in developing a more secure food system.  The fiscal agent for AMS is The Highland Center (THC), a non-profit organization located in Monterey, Virginia.

AMS is a two phase program and in Phase I (April 28 – November 1, 2013),  AMS Fellows study sustainable food production, land stewardship and community development while in residence.  Then, for the year following in Phase II (January 1st through December 31st, 2014), AMS Fellows will work in the service of Partner Organizations focused on activities such as: building community gardens, advocating sustainable land use, teaching nutrition and cooking for a healthy lifestyle.  Our goal for this year of service is that each AMS Fellow will have touched the lives of at least ten families in their community through their work.

Our intention 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 system.

The AMS Residency (Phase I) takes place on a farm in Highland County on the western edge of Virginia.  This phase is an intensive, hands-on, cooperative, experiential learning program.  Work and study both take place on the farm and at community projects in surrounding areas.  Workshops and seminars will occur both on and off campus.

AMS Fellows are trained in a variety of farm skills, from organic gardening to permaculture design, preserving food, carpentry skills and small animal husbandry.  AMS Fellows learn to become community builders and leaders as they work on local food projects in the surrounding community to strengthen connections to our local food system.

There is no charge for the program (however you will be expected to bring certain personal items and tools).  AMS Fellows will be provided room and board during Phase 1.  The program will provide basic kitchen staples and Fellows will grow much of their own food.   At the end of the six months, AMS Fellows will receive a $1,000 stipend for successful completion of this portion of the program.

AMS Community Engagement (Phase II) entails working with nonprofit Partner Organizations in our region.  Fellows receive a $1,250 monthly stipend for their work for the duration of 12 months and are expected to help build capacity for our Partner Organizations as they share and teach the skills they have learned during their first six months in the program.

The Allegheny Mountain School Farm is a non-smoking facility.








Find out about the events, workshops, farming and life as an AMS Fellow.

Allegheny Mountain School (AMS) is a project of The Highland Center, located in Monterey, Virginia. It’s mission is to serve all citizens of Highland County by being a catalyst for cultural and economic development, and to preserve a historic landmark as a symbol of unity and community pride. [Read More]

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Allegheny Mountain School PartnersPhase II of the AMS Fellowship is spent working for a non-profit for one year.

In 2014, AMS Senior Fellows will be working for these organizations in our region focused on local food, conservation and strengthening communities.

City Schoolyard Garden
Project Grows
New Community Project
Valley Conservation Council
Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind

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