The Future of Food: You are the Seed

Advancing the next generation of food and farming change-makers with global heritage, sustainable innovation and experiential education
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MESA, Inc.
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Food
Berkeley, California
United States
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Deep GRATITUDE, we made it! All additional funds raised will support exchange scholarships, food justice projects and educational curriculum!

Seed a New Generation of Farmers With MESA.

MESA brings together farmers, activists, entrepreneurs, and advocates to transform the global food system. Your support will fund:

  • Scholarships for 20 farmer-to-farmer exchanges for beginning and underserved farmers

  • Grants to support five sustainable farming and food justice projects

  • An interactive, online curriculum in Global Agroecology and Local Food Systems for a new generation of farmers

  • Our Story

    Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture (MESA) is a grassroots nonprofit based in Berkeley, CA. Our mission is to connect and grow the next generation of food and farming leaders. In a one-of-a-kind program that bridges ancestral knowledge with sustainable innovation, our impact is both local and global. Since 1996, MESA has directly connected 1300+ farmers, activists and advocates, and helped start 142 new farms and food justice projects in over 16 countries

    We know that this impact spreads beyond our programs. Alumni continue to teach and participate in their own communities, creating a ripple effect of knowledge exchange, innovation, and resilient food systems. In a world facing an interconnected food, climate, energy, economic and environmental crisis, MESA's work is needed more then ever.  Connected and informed global citizens are changing the food system to regenerate our earth, feed their communities and empower the next generation. This is MESA. 


    For the past 18 years, MESA has operated primarily on an earned income model, and less than 1/5 of our funding comes from grants and foundation support. To sustain our small nonprofit and to ensure participation for those with truly limited financial resources, we are calling on our incredible network.  Join us today and help us seed a new generation that cultivates ecosystem stewardship, equitable economies, and multicultural collaboration to ensure the future of food across our global village.

    We're asking 1000 people to donate $30 over the next 60 days.

    Become part of our grassroots movement to bring back healthy, fair and compassionate food systems around the world. Every gift you give spreads sustainable practices to a community in the U.S. and a sister community abroad.

    Spread the word to your friends and family so they can become part of MESA’s network!

    When you make a tax-deductible gift, you will also enjoy the fruits of some of MESA’s many farms around the world!  

    In the next year, your generous gift will provide:

    Program Scholarships

    Your support will fund 20 farmer-to-farmer exchanges, to benefit beginning and underserved farmers. MESA covers visa support, medical insurance, curriculum, domestic travel, stipends, coordination support, and an educational orientation and exit seminar. Many applicants do not have adequate personal funds to participate, and it is our priority to ensure these farmers get the experience they need. 

    Small Grants and Micro-loans 

    MESA offers competitive matching grants and micro-loans of up to $3500 through our Sustainability Projects and Innovation Grant (SPRIG) Program. Designed by our enterprising Global Stewards and farm hosts, these projects include new small-scale farms, demonstration gardens, farm-to-school programs, renewable energy systems, and Community Supported Agriculture. Thus far, MESA has funded 142 beginning farms and food justice projects in 16 countries. Click here to view photos and summaries of projects around the world.

    Online Curriculum in Global Agroecology and Local Food Systems

    MESA’s online curriculum in Global Agroecology and Local Food Systems will enrich hands-on training for beginning farmers, while advancing ecologically-sound production practices for small-scale farms. Curriculum will introduce a critical component often lacking in beginning farmer training: locally specialized skill-sets with a global perspective. Farmers can select from an array of modules to create a customized curriculum and training experience. In an increasingly interconnected food system, understanding the connections between the local and global is pivotal.

    Other Ways You Can Help

    With your support, we can continue MESA's efforts to grow global farmers and the sustainable food movement. Can’t make a financial contribution? You can still help! 

    • Help MESA get the word out. Post and share this campaign on your Facebook and Twitter account.
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    $31,078USD
    raised by 236 people in 2 months
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    This campaign ended on July 28, 2014
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    • $30USD
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      1 in 1000: Notecards & Fame

      Both of the above perks, plus four lovely notecards featuring "best of" MESA photos on the cover. Your name will also be featured as a "1 in 1000" sustainer on a MESA "thank you" video!

      13 out of 1000 claimed

      Estimated delivery: August 2014
    • $5USD
      Bright lights, Big thanks!

      See your name featured as a supporter on a MESA "thank you" video after the campaign ends!

      18 claimed

      Estimated delivery: August 2014
    • $15USD
      Thank you postcard

      Same as above, plus a personalized thank you postcard from MESA.

      7 out of 250 claimed

      Estimated delivery: August 2014
    • $20USD
      Perk Up to $40 gift level!

      For the remaining 3 days of our campaign, your $20 donation will automatically PERK YOU UP to receive our $40 produce bag perk. Big thanks to Earl's Organic Produce for providing these matching funds!

      11 claimed

      Estimated delivery: August 2014
    • $30USD
      First forty!

      All of the above perks, plus a coupon for one free Organic Valley item at your local grocer ($10 max. value). Your name will also be featured as a "1 in 1000" sustainer on a MESA "thank you" video!

      11 out of 40 claimed

      Estimated delivery: August 2014
    • $40USD
      MESA Muslin Produce Bags

      Support small-scale farmers with two beautiful MESA-logo 100% cotton produce bags. Reuse these super versatile totes for carrying greens from the farmers' market, storing bulk grains, or even straining nut milk or cheese! Your name will also be listed as a supporter on a MESA "thank you" video. See photo in our image gallery. Bags are 10x12" and made with premium cotton muslin with double-sided drawstrings.

      6 out of 40 claimed

      Estimated delivery: August 2014
    • $50USD
      Heirloom Seed packets

      Receive 2 open-pollinated seed packets (lettuce and quinoa!) from our good friends at Bountiful Gardens, plus 5 more assorted packets from various organic seed suppliers! You'll also receive a thank-you postcard and see your name on a personalized MESA "thank you" video after the campaign concludes!

      12 out of 40 claimed

      Estimated delivery: August 2014
    • $50USD
      Perk Up to $100 gift level!

      For the remaining 3 days of our campaign, your $50 donation will automatically PERK YOU UP to receive our $100 Andean Spices perk. Big thanks to Earl's Organic Produce for providing these matching funds!

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    • $60USD
      Organic MESA Sprout T-Shirt

      Get yourself a super soft organic MESA Sprout T-shirt in yellow, blue, tan, black or white. Made in the USA and available in men's or women's sizes XS-XL. Stretchy enough for active movement and comfy enough for sleeping. See a photo of the shirt in our image gallery. Your name will also be listed as a supporter on a MESA "thank you" video.

      6 out of 100 claimed

      Estimated delivery: August 2014
    • $60USD
      Kona Coffee Combo

      A terrific combo perk for anyone w/in the continental U.S. who helps to push us over the top with a $60 or more contribution: 1 lb. of hand-picked, sustainably grown, full city roast Kona coffee from MESA Host Ke'ei Mauka Coffee Estate (retail value: $25 plus S/H) plus 1 MESA-logoed Produce bag (retail value: priceless!)

      8 out of 20 claimed

      Estimated delivery: September 2014
    • $75USD
      How to Grow More Vegetables

      Your copy of this gorgeous, renowned book will be autographed by author and dear MESA colleague John Jeavons. Your name will also be listed as a supporter on a MESA "thank you" video.

      4 out of 25 claimed

      Estimated delivery: August 2014
    • $100USD
      Hand-harvested Andean Spices

      You'll receive four tin containers full of hand-sourced Peruvian spices together with recipe cards. Magnets allow you to stick these eye-catching containers on your fridge! Your name will also be listed as a supporter on a MESA "thank you" video.

      15 out of 20 claimed

      Estimated delivery: August 2014
    • $125USD
      Peruvian Alpaca Hoodie

      Ruben Quispe is a superstar MESA alum who lives near Cuzco, Peru. Along with his wife they hand-loom gorgeous, super comfy Alpaca-wool hoodie-sweaters. Get yours today in S, M or L! (We'll post photos of these stunning sweaters soon)

      15 out of 50 claimed

      Estimated delivery: August 2014
    • $200USD
      Heirloom Expo tickets & lunch

      Receive two tickets to the National Heirloom Exposition held each September in Santa Rosa, CA. Also enjoy a delicious organic lunch with MESA staff and Stewards! Your name will also be listed as a supporter on a MESA "thank you" video.

      3 out of 5 claimed

      Estimated delivery: September 2014
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      $300USD
      Farm Fresh CSA Box

      MESA Hosts will provide a month's worth of delicious produce boxes, delivered from their farms to your door. Our participating CSA farms are: Full Belly Farm and Riverdog Farm (SF Bay Area and Sacramento delivery), Holcomb Farm (note: greater Providence, RI delivery), Clark Organic Farm (greater Boston, MA delivery). Your name will also be listed as a supporter on a MESA "thank you" video.

      4 out of 4 claimed

    • $450USD
      Organic Farm & Winery Tours

      Gather your family or friends to enjoy a half-day farm and winery tour plus organic appetizers and wine tasting at MESA partner Frey Vineyards in Mendocino, the 1st organic winery in CA! Your name will also be listed as a supporter on MESA's "thank you" video and website. Similar packages available near Boston, MA (Clark Organic Farm) and Seattle, WA (Westover Farm). Six guest maximum.

      1 out of 5 claimed

      Estimated delivery: August 2014
    • $500USD
      Kids' Day On the Farm

      Plan a day at Hidden Villa Farm in Los Altos Hills, CA with up to 6 kids and 3 adults. This special day includes a guided tour of the farm, community garden, gorgeous hiking trails, and lunch. Your name will also be listed as a supporter on a MESA "thank you" video.

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    • $2,250USD
      Machu Picchu & Incan Heritage

      2 travelers, 3 days: Experience the Sacred Valley of Peru with local leaders! MESA alum are ambassadors of Peru's sustainable food movement and Andean heritage. They'll pick you up in Cusco and help you settle in your charming hotel and/or on-farm homestay (you choose). You'll visit farmers markets, a rural Sacred Valley farm, Machu Picchu, urban gardens, family stores and organic dining spots. Learn from locals and experience Peru like few tourists do! *Insurance & Int'l Airfare not includ

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    • $2,850USD
      Peruvian Andes & Urban Ag Tour

      2 travelers, 4 days: Experience rural and urban Peru with local leaders in Lima & Cusco! MESA alum are ambassadors of Peru's sustainable food movement and Andean heritage. They'll pick you up and help you settle in at your charming hotel or on-farm home stay (you choose). You'll visit farmers markets, a Sacred Valley farm, Machu Picchu, urban gardens, family stores and organic dining spots. Learn from locals and experience Peru like few tourists do! *Insurance Int'l Airfare not included

      2 out of 3 claimed

    • $3,250USD
      Tastes of Thailand Tour

      Two travelers, five days: Our partners in Bangkok will arrange a customized, five day/four night tour! Visit sustainable supply chains in Bangkok, and a fledgling organic coffee cooperative. Spend a night at Wanakaset - a splendidly magical agroeforestry retreat, then fly to Chiang Mai to visit MESA alumni farms and the world-renowned Pun Pun organic farm center. *In-country transport includes RT Bangkok to Chiang Mai. Insurance and International Airfare to/from Bangkok not included.

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