Host an International Beginning Farmer in 2024

Jul 5, 2023

Are you a sustainable farmer or food systems leader seeking an enthusiastic, experienced, affordable full-season trainee? Are you ready to inspire the next generation?

MESA invites US-based ecological farms, sustainable value chains, agriculture research, and education centers to host an international beginning farmer through MESA’s Sustainable Agriculture & Global Exchange (SAGE) program.

SAGE is a J-1 visa-designated training opportunity for beginning and established international farmers (Stewards) to train with U.S.-based farmers for an entire season.

  • Hosts provide Stewards with supervision and mentorship through hands-on, varied activities within a 40-hour training week.
  • Hosts typically provide a lodging/food/stipend package.
  • MESA sponsors Stewards for 6-12 months.
  • Hosts receive daily support for the entire season from an agriculturally experienced beginning farmer or student. Stewards enjoy a unique cultural exchange while developing their agricultural and business skills. MESA matches Hosts and Stewards and provides back-end support including visa sponsorship, coordinator support, and educational enrichment. 
  • Hosts and Stewards engage in a unique cultural exchange and pass along invaluable diversified agricultural knowledge. 

Click here to learn more about this opportunity for farmers.

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