In 2015 MESA partnered with Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) to promote seed saving and organic seed production practices on small farms, a foundational aspect of agroecology and food sovereignty.
The Seed Internship combined on-farm training, online classroom learning, and farm-based independent study through placement with a diverse network of experienced seed producers. While not facilitating specific internship arrangements, MESA and OSA hosted a listing of seed farms that offered internships. Seed hosts who signed up for our platform to review prospective intern applicants and contact them directly. This program also provided an online learning environment to supplement the interns’ hands-on farm experience.
OSA will launch its own platform to host an updated Organic Seed Production course in 2021. This program is now managed by our partners at The Organic Seed Alliance (OSA).