Int'l farmers seek U.S. organic or sust. hosts

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MESA, a non-profit, federally authorized organization that offers U.S. 
organic on-the-farm training programs for young international farmers, 
needs your help! An upstart organization now entering our second year of 
U.S. on-the-farm training programs for international farmer interns, MESA 
must recruit more sustainable/organic farms, CSAs and ag. extension 
agents to participate as hosts to meet the needs of our many qualified 
exchange farmers from Guatemala, Lithuania, Russia and Kenya. Most 
programs begin this April. Exchange farmer interests and experience range 
from organic marketing and dairy production to vegetables, tree fruits, 
grapes, rice, citrus and cattle ranching.

Each exchange farmer has been competetively screened by MESA's int'l 
co-sponsor affiliates. Each seeks full-time on-the-farm 6-12 month 
live/work positions to increase his/her skills in sustainable 
agriculture. Participating U.S. hosts provide room, board and training 
supervision for their exchange farmers, who are matched according to like 
agricultural interests. Hosts also send $725 monthly program fees to MESA 
for our six month programs (or only $675/mo. for our 12 month programs), 
which enable MESA to provide all exchange farmers with exceptional 
program benefits, including: full medical coverage, legal J-1 visa 
documentation, $300 monthly stipends, educational seminars, domestic 
transportation and administrative support.  Hosts incur no payroll taxes.

MESA's innovative programs present a great opportunity for farmers to 
have affordable, reliable help and reap the rewards of cross-cultural 

For a host application or more information, please contact us ASAP: 

Lauren Augusta, Executive Director, MESA, 5337 College Ave., Ste. 508, 
Oakland, CA 94618. Tel. # 510-654-8858/ Fax # 510-845-0861/ email: 

Thank you.