On-Farm Projects & Presentations

For Program Alumni, MESA provides seed funding to develop ecological farming and food justice projects



 SPRIG funds seek the development of leaders in sustainable agriculture, and promote the development of high-impact initiatives in food security in the community of the MESA alumni.

This is your opportunity to finance your project in sustainability, food systems, community agriculture, and much more!

MESA helps to champion agroecological projects developed by program alumni. MESA’s mini-grant program is called SPRIG (Sustainable Projects for Regeneration, Innovation & Growth). SPRIGs foster agricultural innovation, farmer-to-farmer collaboration and community leadership.

For more than two decades, MESA has provided over $225,000 in grants for Global Stewards & partner NGOs, U.S. Host partners, and graduates of the Bay Area Farmer Training Program (BAFTP), Training in Applied Agroecology Program (TAAP), Agroecology, Farming and Food Pathways (AFFP) program to support ecological farming and food justice projects in 16 countries and the United States. Community-based, collaborative SPRIGs have included high tunnel greenhouse and solar installations, carbon sequestration research, insectaries, compost improvements, seed saving, and many more.

SPRIG Project areas of focus:

– Climate Change Resilience
– Biodiversity, Conservation, and Ecological Production
– Market Innovation and Financial Health
– Community Education and Engagement
– Renewable Energy and Green Infrastructure