U.S. Hosts

MESA Hosts embrace a "learn and share" model of cross-cultural exchange and are eager to share and learn traditions, techniques and innovations in sustainable agriculture and food systems. Hosts and Stewards develop a collaborative and open dialogue, resulting in meaningful training experiences, professional networking and often life-long friendships.

MESA partners with Hosts throughout the world representing a diversity of backgrounds in organic, biontensive, biodynamic, agroecological, permaculture and transitional agriculture to provide experiential education in production, distribution, marketing, education, research and community organizing. MESA's Host Partners offer hands-on experience, cultural activities and often provide accommodations for MESA Stewards for up to a year. Monthly program fees contributed by Hosts or community partners enable MESA to offer exceptional Steward benefits, including: J1 visa sponsorship, orientation/exit seminars, medical insurance, online agroecology curriculum, conference scholarships, stipends, U.S. travel and coordinator support. 

The common denominator linking our Hosts is their commitment to MESA's mission of: cultivating a new generation of food and farming leaders by linking ansestral knowledge with innovation to build earth stewardship, equitable economies and cross-cultural collaboration.

 

MESA offers three programs for U.S. Hosts

Core Training Program (CTP) 

MESA’s annual April - October program is geared toward small and mid-scale sustainable farms, agricultural education and research centers throughout the United States. CTP Hosts typically provide room, board and fixed monthly fees. Wages or alternate stipends for structured intern programs may also be accommodated.

CTP Stewards are first-time, international program participants with agricultural experience and aspirations. Stewards are nominated by MESA's Global Partners and/or carefully screened by MESA.

Example Hosts: Ryder Farm Cottage Industries, Bobolink Dairy & Bakeyard, Dripping Springs Garden
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Next Level Program (NLP) 

The NLP is for sustainable operations offering wages and seeking to host successful MESA Steward alumni with prior U.S. training experience and advanced agricultural skills, particularly in farm and/or sustainable supply chain management. Each season MESA invites a select group of successful Steward alumni to apply for the NLP.

Example Hosts: Thanksgiving Farm at the Center for Discovery, The Natural Grocery Company, Clark Organic Farm

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Individualized Training Program (ITP)

The ITP is for U.S. farms, nonprofits and companies that align with MESA's mission and who have recruited a specific candidate through their own network to join their team for up to one year. Conversely, an international candidate who has received a temporary job offer or internship with a specific U.S.-based agriculture business or organization that aligns with MESA's mission may apply and pay the ITP fee him/herself. ITP Stewards are typically agricultural professionals with specific career-enhancing objectives.

Recent ITP and/or Affiliate partners: Ecology ActionOrganic Valley Family of Farms, Organic Materials Review Institute

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Regardless of which program suits you best, U.S. Host partners are welcomed into MESA's network of sustainable farmers and farm advocates worldwide!

Stewards got a crash course in sustainable food systems with some of the workers, educators and farmers who are radically changing the way we grow, eat, and distribute our food.