Year-round, MESA sponsors international trainees (“Stewards”) to learn and share sustainable agriculture practices with U.S. Host mentors.
MESA sponsors the U.S.-based Sustainable Agriculture & Global Exchange (SAGE) for beginning sustainable farmers and agriculturists from around the world. Steward candidates join a 4-month online SAGE course facilitated by MESA’s in-country representative(s) before traveling to the U.S. for 3-12 months of sustainable agriculture training and cultural exchange. Steward candidates must meet U.S. Department of State’s J-1 trainee eligibility criteria and pass their in-person interview at the nearest U.S. Embassy before joining the U.S. program.
U.S. Hosts embrace MESA’s learn and share model of cross-cultural exchange and are eager to share and learn traditions, techniques, and innovations in sustainable food and farming systems with their Stewards. Hands-on training may include skill-building in sustainable food production, distribution, marketing, education, research and/or community organizing. Hosts typically provide lodging, food, medical insurance, stipend or wages (compensation and educational opportunities vary by placement).