US-based programs are designed for aspiring or established farmers, recent agriculture graduates, and sustainable agriculture advocates from around the world.
MESA Stewards come with a wide range of expertise and life experience. Some work on family farms, others are emerging community leaders or working toward advanced degrees in agroecology and similar disciplines. Many come from regions that have been in conflict for long periods, where the future of small-scale food production is uncertain. What MESA Stewards have in common is a desire to be exposed to the innovations in sustainable agriculture production and marketing in the US, and an eagerness to share social and agricultural traditions with their Hosts.
This program is for beginning farmers, agricultural students and activists looking to train in the US on a host farm, ranch or education center promoting sustainable agriculture. This program is offered year-round. Read more here.
Example CAAP Hosts: Dripping Springs Garden, Hoch Orchard, Crown S. Ranch, Clark Farm
Within the CAAP, MESA collaborates with pioneering non-profit organizations. MESA Affiliates are world-renowned educational centers, research institutions, member associations, cooperatives and community-based organizations. Read more here.
The NLP is only available for alumni participants seeking advanced agricultural skills, particularly in farm management. Read more here.
Example Hosts: The Natural Grocery Company, Thanksgiving Farm at the Center for Discovery, Farm Fresh to You, Clark Farm
Do you have questions about MESA's programs? Check our FAQ page!
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MESA offers "custom-designed" sustainability tours and short-course programs for groups seeking specialized training related to organic production, organic certification, fair trade, farm advocacy, etc. or in organic export marketing/sustainable supply chain management.
We welcome your inquiry! Please complete MESA's Group Request Form to help us understand your request and prepare a quote.