Lessons from the Mountain:
2014 AMS Capstone Presentations


From studying alternative energy to nutrition and culinary education, growing food isn’t the only thing that has kept Allegheny Mountain School Fellows busy during their residency in Highland County at the AMS Farm site.  On Wednesday, October 15th, the AMS 2014 Fellowship presented their Capstone Projects.  It was a wonderful evening of sharing knowledge and community conversation.  You can find their handouts and materials here.


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.


IMG_0997Phase I Video
Highland School Garden
Phase II Video

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.

cohort 2013

2013 Research Presentation Materials

2013 Slide Show

2012 Open House Slide Show




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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