Join the next generation of agrarian leaders. Become a SAGE Steward!
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MESA’s Sustainable Agriculture & Global Exchange Program (SAGE) is offered year-round, based on Host availability. For international candidates who seek practical training experience with ecological US farms, nonprofits, sustainable food suppliers, and organic research centers. MESA sponsors international trainees (aka “Stewards) within the US Department of State’s J1 visa exchange visitor program for up to 12 months.
US-based programs are designed for beginning or established farmers, recent agriculture graduates, and sustainable farm advocates from around the world. Do you want to live and train with a US Host placement working in sustainable agriculture?
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. Some come from regions that have been in conflict for long periods, where the future of small-scale food production is uncertain. What SAGE 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.