MESA Hosts embrace a "learn and share" model of cross-cultural exchange and are eager to share and learn traditions, techniques and innovations in ecological agriculture and sustainable food systems. Hosts and Stewards develop a collaborative and open dialogue, resulting in meaningful training experiences, professional networking and life-long friendships.
The common denominator linking our Hosts is their commitment to MESA's mission to connect food and farming changemakers, linking ancestral knowledge with innovation to build earth stewardship, equitable economies and cross-cultural collaboration.
MESA partners with US-based Hosts representing a diversity of backgrounds in organic, biontensive, biodynamic, agroecological, permaculture and transitional agriculture. Hosts support and promote experiential education in production, distribution, marketing, education, research and community organizing.
Hosts typically provide Stewards with full-season, supervised training, lodging, food or food stipend, wages or stipends, and cultural activities. Stewards expect 32-48 weekly training hours. Weekly hours and training activities will vary by the placement type and compensation outlined on each individual Host training plan.
Hosts pay a $100 annual membership fee, plus MESA's $225 monthly fee per Steward. Host fees help our nonprofit organization provide exceptional services and benefits, including:
*US citizens interning with a MESA member Host must be enrolled in the Certificate track of MESA's online curriculum to be eligible for this insurance.
The CAAP is for US farms, nonprofits and companies that align with MESA's mission to host international beginning farmers and agriculturists for up to 12 months.
Stewards arrive at their assigned Host placements throughout the year to accommodate seasonal requirements for a wide variety of sustainable farms, ag. companies and organizations.
The NLP is for sustainable operations that can offer management-level training for MESA alumni. Successful Steward alumni have prior US 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.
Regardless of which program suits you best, US Host partners are welcomed into MESA's network of sustainable farmers and farm advocates worldwide!