eNewsletter for January 26, 2017
A Message from our Deputy Director
I love Radio Paradise, the online radio station. With a perfect mix of eclectic, multi-cultural, and rock music, it has become the soundtrack of our lives. The station is 100% listener supported. After listening for a few years, Bill and I came to the realization that only support from listeners like us allowed the station to exist. A while ago we signed up as monthly contributors.
PBS has also become a centerpiece of our days. I can't imagine not being able to watch the News Hour, all the great travel shows, American Experience (did you see Rachel Carson on Tuesday night?– wow) and so much more. With PBS on the chopping block again with the current congress, we came to the same realization. Sustaining members are more important than ever. We signed up as monthly contributors.
You know where this is going... Since the Alliance launched three years ago, membership has been free in order to grow our network and programs. Now we are inviting you to step up financially and support your (our) organization. And if you think you need lots of money to do this, think again. Bill and I donate to a few organizations including RMSA with a monthly average of $10. Take two minutes to dedicate a few dollars a month to this
We hope you have benefited knowing the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance exists. Perhaps you have attended one or more of our programs (Seed School, Seed School Online, Teacher Training, and Grain School). Consider the time, energy and effort it takes to grow a new non-profit in the 21st Century. If you take advantage of the cutting edge information on our Facebook page, realize how all this happens.
Become a RMSA Supporting Member by clicking here. If you really can't commit to a recurring monthly payment starting at just $5, the easiest option for us all, we have lump sum annual options starting at $25. (If you do this already, thank you!)
In return, you’ll get up to 20% discounts on our courses and events. But more than this, you’ll be ensuring that the bioregional seed movement remains grassroots and continues to prosper and spread, from your backyard garden to the global village.
RMSA's work is essential to the local [bioregional] food movement which is founded on knowledge and application of local seed traditions. RMSA has re-ignited these traditions with its outreach, networking, and education.
I am honored to support these efforts."
Travel Writer, and Retired Administrative Law Judge, State of Ca
$50 recurring monthly contribution
As we’ve always said, this is your Alliance. Thank you for your commitment to local seeds!
RMSA Deputy Director
Membership Has Its Advantages
Still waiting to register for the Mountain West Seed Summit? Join the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance as a Supporting Member and get $45 off the conference price—that's $150 instead of $195!
(New Mexico residents, RMSA Grain Trials participants, and Rocky Mountain Farmers Union members are also eligible for the discounted price.)
March 3 – 4, 2017
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Our pre-conference field trip is now SOLD OUT—thanks to all who registered! We have started a waiting list if you would like to be included. Email: Lee-Ann@rockymountainseeds.org
Just added! You may purchase day passes (limited quantity available) to the Mountain West Seed Summit. On Friday the third, the focus will be on Honoring Origins with an indigenous communities perspective. Saturday, we will look at the idea of Seeding the Future with the programs, collaborations and next steps needed to move forward. Check back on our website for the entire schedule by Wednesday, February 1.
The day-rate is $80 for members (join now!) and $100 for non-members. Click here to register.
We are excited to announce the addition of Andrew Kimbrell from the Center for Food Safety as a featured presenter! He joins an already stacked and impressive lineup of speakers that are sure to inspire and motivate us all. And we just got word that Organic Valley has joined the sponsor line-up! Thanks to our favorite dairy coop.
If you can help distribute flyers for the Summit, or have media contacts to share, please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here to download the flyer.
Interested in advertising at the Summit? Get a full-page ad in our program for just $250! Email email@example.com for details.
Special thanks to the following for supporting the Mountain West Seed Summit:
Edible Southwest Colorado, Edible Santa Fe, Albuquerque, McCune Foundation, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, Green Fire Times, La Montanita Co-Op, High Country News, Kalliopeia Foundation, National Young Farmers Coalition, Squash Blossom Local Food, Seed Broadcast, Santa Fe Farmers Market Institute and New Mexico Young Farmers Coalition.
Seed School at Denver Botanic Gardens
The next Seed School is coming up! Join us for a very special session at the magnificent Denver Botanic Gardens.
April 2 – 7, 2017
Denver Botanic Gardens – Denver, CO
$650 for RMSA Supporting Members and DBG members
$750 regular tuition
This exciting collaboration with Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver Urban Gardens and Friends of ENCA Farm promises to be an epic, life-changing experience.
Also setting this Seed School apart from past sessions, students will have the opportunity to immediately put their training into action! As a final project, the class will work collaboratively to help design an actual seed system for Denver Botanic Gardens' Chatfield Farms, as well as Denver Urban Gardens' Delaney Farm.
... And Another!
The Seed School hits keep on coming! We've just finalized plans for another exciting Seed School Teacher Training course, again with Denver Urban Gardens and Friends of ENCA Farm.
Seed School Teacher Training
October 1 – 6, 2017
Posner Center for International Development, Denver CO
During this six-day course, participants will gain a deep understanding of ancient seed saving practices alongside permaculture principles and leadership development training to empower them as community seed leaders.
Limited to 25 students and available by application only. Some seed saving knowledge required. Course fee includes 7-week prerecorded Seed School Online webinar.
$600 for RMSA Supporting Members members
$750 regular tuition
Get on the Grain Train
Grain School is on track to change the way we think about grains. We just wrapped up our second program with the University of Colorado Colorado Springs!
Special thanks to RMSA board member and UCCS professor, Dr. Nanna Meyer, and her dream team for putting together a stellar event. If you would like to see what you missed, click here to view the syllabus.
With 60 participants from near and far, the UCCS Farmhouse was bursting at the seams with threshing, milling, cooking and sharing the vision of a localized heritage grain economy. Keynote for next year’s event is Glenn Roberts from Anson Mills, the gent who was the inspiration for the program to begin with. Stay tuned here for updates.
If you enjoy growing any kind of grains and would like to become part of RMSA’s Heritage Grain Trials program, please click here. We’ll send you several varieties of ancient grains, as well as a Grain Trials manual and give you technical support. Grow the regional grain movement with us!
Can't Sleep—Try Counting Seeds!
Curling up with a Kindle is great for curing insomnia. Did you know: you can read about seeds when you're up all night in bed?
RMSA Director Bill McDorman's classic book Basic Seed Saving is available for your preferred e-readers. (Of course, we also have paperback copies for you luddites and traditionalists.)
Check out our Recommended Books section on the RMSA website for a list of other seedy favorites. Make sure to purchase by clicking though this page—RMSA will get a little percentage to support our work. Thank you—and sleep well!
Be One in a Million
Have you heard about the Million Seed Savers movement? RMSA and Collective Eye Films, creators of Seed: The Untold Story have teamed up around the release of the new documentary with a goal of inspiring one million new seed savers!
The result is the Million Seed Savers Campaign, which is growing bigger by the day. No matter where you are on the seed saving spectrum, you can become a part of this exciting and vital movement.
Click here to sign up and join us. Let your voice be heard and help spread seed diversity, knowledge, and inspiration!
Watch the trailer for the ground-breaking and award-winning SEED: The Untold Story, featuring the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance.
Southern Arizona friends, join RMSA for the screening of Seed at the Loft in Tucson at 2 pm Sunday, the 5th of February. Bill McDorman will be intro'ing the movie and doing Q&A along with the Pima County Seed Library (celebrating their fifth year anniversary on Saturday, February, 4th!) and Native Seeds/SEARCH.
If you are interested in arranging a screening of this film in your community, email firstname.lastname@example.org and she will direct you to the right place. Please contact us as well if there is already a screening planned near you, and you would like to host a Q&A on behalf of RMSA after the film!
Our Website Gets a Facelift
Point, click, and explore the updated RMSA website! We've added some new features to the homepage, including spotlighted articles on our exciting programs and upcoming events.
Read all about our regional seed vault, online seed directory, Million Seed Savers campaign, and more. Come pay us a visit online and learn!
Stay Connected with RMSA
For questions regarding seed saving and current seed news, contact Bill McDorman: email@example.com
928-300-7989 | www.rockymountainseeds.org