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 and transitional agricultural production, marketing and education. Hosts mentor and provide accommodations for MESA Stewards over a full season, and contribute monthly program fees that 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: sponsoring a new generation of agrarian leaders, linking current innovations with global traditions in sustainable agriculture to promote land stewardship, localized economies, and cultural awareness.
MESA’s largest 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, although 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: Hidden Villa Farm & Wilderness Center, Bobolink Dairy & Bakeyard, Dripping Springs Garden, Dickinson College Farm
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.
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.
Regardless of which program suits you best, U.S. Host partners are welcomed into MESA's network of sustainable farmers and farm advocates worldwide!