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Appalachian Food Justice Institute Programs

The Appalachian Food Justice Institute (AFJI) is a collaborative educational program hosted by the WVU Center for Resilient Communities, based in the Department of Geology and Geography of Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, and its community partners in the state of West Virginia. AFJI has been supported through funding from the One Foundation, USDA NIFA, WVU Extension Family Nutrition, MAZON, the Sisters Health Foundation and the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation. Appalachian Food Justice Institute participants will develop food system leadership and planning skills while learning about food justice, policy, hunger, farming, self-provisioning, hub distribution networks, climate change, racial justice, gender equality, and food sovereignty. Through coursework and firsthand encounters with leaders working on the frontlines of change, participants can learn from food activists and scholars, visit food and farm enterprises, and even intern with farming and food system organizations concerned with advancing equitable food networks in Appalachia. AFJI provides educational opportunities for community leaders, undergraduate students, high school students, and graduate students to learn how they can contribute to food system change in their communities. Students who enroll in one of our programs will learn firsthand from an amazing group of experienced food system changemakers in West Virginia and around the world.

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Appalachian Food Justice Institute

Morgantown,WV, USA (May 29-June 5)

In this five-day immersive workshop program participants will learn from experienced right to food advocates about the movement for food justice and how they can work in their communities to plan for community-based food system development. The course will include sessions on learning leadership, food access inequalities, food access strategies, participatory action research and how to facilitate movement building in your community. We will also do field trips. Participants will develop a personal action plan for their work in their communities.

Deadline: April 15, 2022 

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Farm Internship

In this 6 to 8 week internship participants will learn by doing with experienced food system developers through a full-time internship placement or farm apprenticeship with Turnrow Appalachian Farm Collective, Sprouting Farms, Mountain Harvest Farm, or New Roots Community Farm. Interns are paid $2,500 and will also receive a housing allowance. Internship requirements vary and will be explored in more detail through the application process. Interns are required to be enrolled in and complete the 393/593 online course.

Deadline: April 15, 2022 

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GEOG 393/593: Community Food System Development Online Summer Course

Online (May 16 - June 24)

In this 6-week online course participants will learn from experienced community food system development leaders about the elements of the food system, contemporary and historic efforts to build equitable food systems, contemporary planning strategies for small-scale farming, food hubs, grocery stores, community land trusts and the challenges of building community food systems. Participants will develop a community-level plan to advance food system change focused on resources, production, distribution and consumption.

Deadline: April 15, 2022

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