Virginia: The Route 250 Project/Allegheny Mountain School seeks six Fellows

24 Feb

The Route 250 Project / Allegheny Mountain School (AMS) is Tricycle Gardens’ latest endeavor, starting spring of 2011.  The mission of this project is to provide intensive training for young adults in sustainable agricultural and ecological systems development and management.

For Year One, we are building a team of six fellows interested in participating in an 18 month intense, experiential, hands-on education program focused on rural and urban ecology.  These fellows will spend the first six months living, working and learning on a rural and remote farm, on the western edge of Highland County, Virginia before returning to Richmond, VA to work alongside Tricycle Gardens (or a partner agency) for the next 9-12 months.

Curriculum and topics of learning at AMS will include: Ecological Systems & Nature Observation, Field Crops, Fruit Production, Maintenance & Propagation, Farm Animals, Tools & Appropriate Technology, Sustainable Forestry, Marketing, Rural/Urban Homesteading, Leadership & Inner Landscape Awareness and much more.

There is no fee to participate in this program.  Housing at AMS will be paid for and food costs will be minimal as the fellows will be growing most of their own food. Each fellow, after successful completion of their session at AMS, will receive a $1,000 stipend.  During their time in Richmond, each fellow will earn a stipend of $1,250 per month.

Applications are due: March 10, 2011.  Finalists will be selected: March 20th.  Interviews and site visits to the farm will take place from March 20 – 30th.  Applicants will be notified of their acceptance: April 1, 2011.  The full program description and application can be found at

For more information, please contact Lisa Taranto, Executive Director at (804) 231-7767 or

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