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CROWDRISE : Apr 06, 2010
Tax ID: 93-1149802
BASED: Berkeley, CA, United States


Our Mission

Connect. Collaborate. Revive.

MESA cultivates a global grassroots network of food and farming leaders to revive community food systems, linking ancestral knowledge with innovation rooted in earth stewardship, equitable economies, and multicultural alliances worldwide.


Since our first exchange in 1997, MESA has facilitated over 1500 agroecology exchanges between farmers, researchers, activists, and innovators from 33 countries on 260 host farms through our flagship international exchange program. We've also forged relationships with global partners including farms, NGOs, university programs, social movement partners, and other organizations that working to advance sustainable agriculture, agroecology, food justice, and cultural exchange.


Additionally, over the last two decades, MESA has provided over $186,000 in grants and micro-loans to Stewards and Hosts through our SPRIGs (Sustainable Projects for Resilience, Innovation and Germination) to support ecological farming and food justice projects in 16 countries including Armenia, Bolivia, Ecuador, Georgian Republic, Ghana, Kenya, Lithuania, Mexico, Nepal, Peru, Sri Lanka, Thailand and the United States.


Based on feedback from exchange participants and hosts that they desired a more structured, theoretical learning framework to complement the hands-on experiential learning, this year we launched the groundbreaking Farm-Centered Learning Network for Social Change, an online platform hosting courses and certificates consisting of political and social education as well as resources on the ecological, technical, business, and spiritual considerations of farming – all with social networking components and in an accessible format which crosses language and educational barriers.


This year, MESA launched the Bay Area Farmer Training Program in partnership with Planting Justice. This program recruits participants, three-quarters of whom are immigrants, refugees, the formerly incarcerated, and/or under-resourced beginning farmers. Participants receive 150 hours of on-site, hands-on training featuring experiential learning, site visits, guest speakers, advisory farmers, off-site field trips, and ongoing mentorship support.


These core programs, as well as MESA’s community workshops, conference presentations, food sovereignty/food justice movement activism, and incipient Heritage Farm, contribute to MESA's vision of a world where farmers and indigenous heritage are celebrated as the heart of community resilience; where communities across the world revitalize their food and farming systems to nourish people and the planet; where beginning farmers have access to resources for successful livelihoods; where the interconnectedness of humanity, the earth, and our collective wellbeing is understood and appreciated; where those who labor in our food systems have the ability to choose what they eat, how and where it’s produced and provided.


We envision a food system that is like our communities: diverse, resilient, thriving, and people-centered.

If you share our vision, help us make it a reality by contributing to our Fundraiser today! Contribute to seeding change and growing solidarity, from the ground up.


20 Years of MESA

Now reaching our 20th season, MESA is pleased to celebrate a growing network of food system changemakers and resilient communities around the world. The network celebrates two decades of preserving ancestral knowledge, spurring innovation, and cultivating solidarity between growers, global citizens, and organizations advancing agroecology to rebuild a healthy, just, and joyful food system.


From starting women-led cooperatives and heirloom seed banks to organic farmers’ markets and online courses in participatory plant breeding and agroecology, MESA’s network continues to foster creativity and collaboration between farmers, scientists, activists, and innovators. MESA has also presented keynotes, panels, and workshops at world renowned conferences including Ecofarm, Women’s Food and Agriculture Network, Sustainable Agriculture Education Association, Soil Not Oil, Northeast Organic Farmers Association, Full Circle Fund, and the National Heirloom Exposition.

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