Salinas, California

ALBA is a nonprofit educational farm teaching organic production methods. Selected ALBA course graduates are given the opportunity to rent land, equipment, and irrigation supplies on site. ALBA staff provides technical assistance, financial counseling, marketing outlets, and field management. "Our goals (as a MESA host) are to provide a well-rounded experience in field production, farmer extension, conservation techniques, and organic management to enable stewards to do similar rural development work for agricultural programs in their home countries." -Brett Melone, Executive Director.