Since 2011, MESA has recognized leaders who are building resilient, equitable, and joyful food systems throughout the globe with our Annual Forging Farmers Awards.
The MESA network, including Stewards, Alumni, Hosts, and Board Members nominate several candidates each year in the following categories: Educator, Community Changemaker, Host Mentor, and Emerging Leader. The candidates are nominated based on their involvement with the MESA network, their impact as a leader and innovator, and their projects advancing agroecology and the next generation. MESA presents the awardees with a hand-forged, engraved iron trowel during our annual Forging Farmers Event in the San Francisco Bay Area. We are deeply grateful for their contributions as luminaries and creators of change, and stand in solidarity of their vital work in the global grassroots food movement. Learn more about our past Forging Farmers award recipients below.