The WVU Center for Resilient Communities invites interested students and community members to participate in the fifth annual Appalachian Food Justice Institute Programs in Summer 2023.
The Appalachian Food Justice Institute (AFJI) is a collaborative educational program hosted by the WVU Center for Resilient Communities, and its community partners in West Virginia. Now in its fifth year, AFJI prepares student leaders to meaningfully engage in local and regional food system development bringing lessons from social movements advancing food sovereignty and the right to food across the world to the critical community food security work currently underway in the Appalachian context. We also offer students a 12 week paid internship for hands-on experience with food and farm organizations concerned with advancing equitable food networks in Appalachia. Applications must be submitted no later than April 15th, 2023.
AFJI prepares student leaders to meaningfully engage in local and regional food system
development bringing lessons from social movements advancing food sovereignty and
the right to food across the world.
Appalachian Food Justice Institute
May 22 - May 26
In this five-day immersive workshop program participants will learn from experienced Right to Food advocates about the movements for food justice and food sovereignty 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 existing or planned work in their respective communities
Farm and Food Hub internship
West Virginia, USA
May 15 - July 28
In this 12 week internship participants will learn by doing with experienced food system developers through a full-time internship placement or farm apprenticeship. Interns are paid $5,400. Internship requirements are focused on food production and food systems development. Students who apply for the paid internship will go through a selection process to join this 12 week program. In 2023 interns will be placed with Mountain Harvest Farm and Garrett Growers. We are also excited to welcome student leaders working with the WVU organic farm, the WVU urban farm, and the WVU Davis store to this year’s AFJI cohort.
We hope you can join us in 2023. For more information or questions contact: Dylan Upperman - email@example.com.