AMI’s 18-month Farm and Food Systems Fellowship fully sponsors, prepares, and empowers individuals to become teachers and advocates for a food system that is socially, environmentally, and economically just. Selected Fellows spend six months in experiential, residential Farm and Food Study at AMI’s Allegheny Farm Campus, followed by a Community Action Year, applying their training in partnership with regional non-profit organizations.
The Fellowship Goals are:
Grow Food. Farm Fellows will learn how to feed themselves and their communities using methods that enhance the health of our ecosystem. Fellows will gain hands-on, diversified, farm experience and formal instruction in fruit and vegetable production, poultry care, rotational grazing, mushroom cultivation, beekeeping, agroforestry, ecological farm design, food preservation, and whole food cooking. In the Community Action Year, Fellows gain a full second season of experience, confidence, and skills in agricultural methods that enhance the health of our ecosystem.
Build Community. Grounded in a common sense of place and in close proximity to nature, Fellows with a diverse range of experiences and passions will form a cohesive and cooperative cohort that supports and challenges its members to gain skills and confidence to apply, share, and deepen their learning as advocates for the cultivation of healthy communities. With the support of their cohort, Fellows will reflect upon their own agency, develop a sense of social responsibility, build interpersonal connections, and find equitable and collaborative pathways for change within their Community Action Year communities.
Transform the Food System. Fellows will explore critical food system issues - including the real and intertwining effects of climate change, colonization, racism, and socioeconomic injustice – and cultivate a toolbox of skills, knowledge, attitudes, and strategies to call upon in the work for change. In the Community Action Year, Fellows support partners and their goals for community health and food system change, utilizing and developing their skills, passions, and interests in the process.
With these goals in mind, write a 1-2 page statement that explains:
Why do you want to be an AMI Fellow?
What skills and experiences will you bring to the Fellowship?
What kind of work would you like to be involved with during the Community Action Year?
How do you hope the Fellowship will prepare you for your future goals or provide clarity for your career path?