Online Farm-Centered Learning Network for Social Change

collaborative, virtual learning opportunities for the global community.

Collaborating with numerous partner organizations, in 2014 MESA launched the Farm-Centered Learning Network for Social Change, a collaborative learning platform where the global community can teach and learn the fundamentals of agroecology.

For busy farmers seeking to better mentor the next generation, and for beginning farmers seeking practical as well as theoretical knowledge in agroecology and sustainable food systems, this groundbreaking initiative is the first of its kind to engage global stakeholders in course-led, community-sourced, highly interactive instruction.

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Learning about the politics affecting food production globally is something that wasn’t granted to me in a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. I’m so thankful to have been linked with a program that aligns with my values, and has brought me to what I’ve wanted to learn about for so long.” – Maggie, Applied Agroecology course graduate<

Recent courses and certificates include:

Certificate in Applied Agroecology

A community-sourced curriculum, offering an introduction to the principles and application of ecological agriculture. MESA’s ground-breaking, popular interactive course provides the technical and theoretical toolkit needed to face our increasingly globalized food system. Drawing on agroecology’s ancestral roots in the global south, students gain an excellent foundation and join a global community seeking to build a just, agroecological future. 

*2020 update: The certificate is currently offered as the second of two courses within MESA’s new AFFP program. To learn about the AFFP and submit an inquiry form, click here.

Certificate in Organic Seed Production

In 2016, MESA proudly partnered with the Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) to develop a Seed Internship Program, supporting beginning seed farmers to access comprehensive learning resources, connect with mentors and buyers, and grow a network of experienced seed farms. Since 2016, over 400 students enrolled in this course! The course is not running in 2020, but is slated to begin again in 2021 on OSA’s own platform. Please visit OSA’s website for 2021 course information.

Farmers Building Climate Resilience & Fire Resilience

Funded via USDA Western SARE, MESA partnered with CAFF | Farmers Guild to develop two courses to help increase resilience for California farmers. In 2018, our award-winning* On-Farm Climate Resilience course focused on Agroecological approaches to climate change adaptation. In 2019-Spring 2020, MESA’s Farmers Build Fire Resilience course supported farmers and ranchers in reducing their risk to wildfire.

*ERME award description p.41

 

Bay Area Farmer Training Program

Former students of our Bay Area program which ran from 2015-2018 participated in a multimedia curriculum to consider the technical, business,
ecological, political, social, and spiritual considerations of farming
This course was offered for BAFTP students only