U.S. Hosts

Do you share our vision?

MESA Hosts embrace a "learn and share" model of cross-cultural exchange and are eager to share and learn traditions, techniques and innovations in ecological agriculture and sustainable food systems. Hosts and Stewards develop a collaborative and open dialogue, resulting in meaningful training experiences, professional networking and life-long friendships.

The common denominator linking our Hosts is their commitment to MESA's mission to connect food and farming changemakers, linking ancestral knowledge with innovation to build earth stewardship, equitable economies and cross-cultural collaboration.



Host Partners we Seek

MESA partners with US-based Hosts representing a diversity of backgrounds in organic, biontensive, biodynamic, agroecological, permaculture and transitional agriculture. Hosts support and promote experiential education in production, distribution, marketing, education, research and community organizing.

Nuts and Bolts

Hosts typically provide Stewards with:

  • 32-48 hours of weekly, supervised training for a full season
  • lodging, plus food or food stipend
  • wages or stipends
  • cultural activities

Weekly hours and training activities will vary by the placement type and compensation outlined on each individual Host training plan.

Hosts pay a $100 annual membership fee, plus MESA's $225 monthly fee per Steward for the duration of training. Host fees help our nonprofit organization provide exceptional services and benefits, including:

  • Careful screening and application support for international candidates
  • J1 training visa and US program sponsorship
  • interactive, online agroecology curriculum
  • Steward scholarships
  • on-farm project grants
  • conference and workshop reimbursements
  • coordinator support
  • intern/apprentice accident and injury insurance*

*US citizens interning with a MESA member Host must be enrolled in the Certificate track of MESA's online curriculum to be eligible for this insurance.

MESA offers two programs for U.S. Hosts

Certificate in Applied Agroecology Program (CAAP)

The CAAP is for US farms, nonprofits and companies that align with MESA's mission to host international beginning farmers and agriculturists for up to 12 months.

Stewards arrive at their assigned Host placements throughout the year to accommodate seasonal requirements for a wide variety of sustainable farms, ag. companies and organizations.

Recent CAAP Hosts and/or Affiliate partners: Hoch Orchard and Gardens, Dripping Springs Garden, Devil's Gulch RanchEcology Action, High Mowing SchoolOrganic Materials Review Institute


Next Level Program (NLP

The NLP is for sustainable operations that can offer management-level training for MESA alumni. Successful Steward alumni have prior US training experience and advanced agricultural skills, particularly in farm and/or sustainable supply chain management. Each season MESA invites a select group of successful Steward alumni to apply for the NLP.

Recent Next Level Hosts: Thanksgiving Farm at the Center for Discovery, The Natural Grocery Company, Clark Organic Farm, Ke'ei Mauka Kona Coffee


Regardless of which program suits you best, US Host partners are welcomed into MESA's network of sustainable farmers and farm advocates worldwide!

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