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circles all the time." Recognizing the significance of those overlapping circles, she
applied to the program.
First year Fellows arrive on the mountain just in time to begin the growing season and spend six months working in the
gardens and participating in workshops
designed to expand their knowledge of
organic, sustainable gardening.
Overbey says it's also a time of "putting tools in your toolkit so you can take
what you've learned out into the larger
community." Fellows, who live as a family, "learn to have and facilitate wonderful, but hard conversations so that as we
work to bring food to communities, we
also are equipped to work in community
development."
In their second year, or Phase II of the
program, the Fellows move out into the
larger community and help start sustainable food-based programs. Some also take
on leadership roles at the institute. In addition to her work with the local school,
Overbey serves as a mentor to the new
Fellows as the learning cycles again.
Now, Allegheny Mountain Institute
is widening its reach. While residents of
nearby counties have always been encouraged to participate in Wednesday workshops, the program is offering its first year

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of "stay on the farm" experiences so that
anyone with an interest in sustainable organic gardening can come and learn with
the Fellows.
There are two ways to visit. Those
who choose to come mid-week will have
the opportunity to spend Wednesday in
workshop with the Fellows. Topics in the
past have included beekeeping, perennial
orchards, the soil web, raising chickens,
seed saving and fermentation methods.
Mid-week visitors eat all meals on the
mountain with the Fellows. Overbey describes the meals as magnificent because
they are picked fresh and prepared by
the Fellows who are all "passionate food
nerds."
Visitors may also choose a weekend
package. These are more relaxed because
the Fellows are off-duty. While there are
no formal activities for weekend visitors,
the Fellows have prepared a list of "ways
to interact with the natural beauty," that
include porch sitting, hikes and nearby
bike trails and rock climbing.
If you are ready to experience a place
that's "still kind of wild," or if you want to
"play and work in the dirt and learn where
your food comes from," then check out Allegheny Mountain Institute. You'll come
away with a new sense of wonder.

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IF YOU

GO

WEBSITE:
alleghenymountaininstitute.org
ROOMS AVAILABLE: 4 with a mix
of queens and bunks
TUE-TH stays include all meals
FRI-SUN stays include only breakfast
with an optional packed lunch
Wifi available, but only limited Verizon
services.

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