eNewsletter for May 16, 2017
The Gandhi of the Seed Movement
One of the seed movement's most outspoken and iconic activists, Dr. Vandana Shiva has been leading the charge for seed freedom and sovereignty for many years. So it is with great excitement and honor that RMSA is partnering with the Sun Valley Wellness Festival in hosting Vandana Shiva as a special guest!
Featuring Dr. Vandana Shiva
May 26 – 29, 2017 (Memorial Day Weekend)
Dr. Shiva will be giving a keynote talk at the festival on Saturday night the 27th of May, as well as a special Monday, May 29th workshop. On Sunday, May 28th, please join RMSA for a special panel discussing the state of seed saving and seed literacy in the Wood River Valley. Titled "What Do Seeds Have to Do with It?", the panel will be moderated by Ali Long, founder and director of the Local Food Alliance, who has been instrumental in many important local food initiatives.
Participants in the Sunday panel include: Bill McDorman (RMSA), Casey O'Leary (Snake River Seed Cooperative and RMSA Board Member), and Brett Stevenson (Hillside Flour and Grain).
We look forward to seeing you in beautiful Sun Valley for this momentous seed gathering!
Prep for Dr. Shiva—See SEED in Sun Valley!
Haven't seen the seed film everyone's talking about yet?—Or ready to be amazed and inspired again? Last time we screened SEED: The Untold Story in the Sun Valley area, we sold out the Opera House! Here's another chance to see it before you catch Dr. Shiva in person.
SEED: The Untold Story
Friday, May 17, 2017
Community Campus Auditorium, Hailey, Idaho
Free admission – Please consider a donation to support Wood River High School W.A.T.E.R. Club projects (We Appreciate the Earth's Resources)
This award-winning documentary movie produced by Ketchum native Taggart Seigel features Bill McDorman, Dr. Vandana Shiva, and a host of other seed and local food advocates. The showing is sponsored by the WRHS W.A.T.E.R. Club, whose members will be on hand to facilitate a post post-screening Q&A as well as distribute pollinator-friendly flower starts to the community. The remaining flowers will be planted around various district schools and the Bloom Garden.
If you would like to host a screening of SEED in your community, please look into purchasing a screening license here. We will get a percentage of the proceeds. Thank you!
Teacher Training Filling Fast
Although we still have four and a half months to go until Seed School Teacher Training, the word is getting out, especially since we have scholarship funding available for tuition. Special thanks to Kalliopeia for ongoing support and understanding of the grassroots efforts needed to change the seed paradigm through education. Kalliopeia has helped fund Seed School for years and once again is stepping up to make it possible to bring in diverse and economically disadvantaged participants.
Seed School Teacher Training
Sunday, October 1 - Friday, October 6
Posner Center for International Development, Denver - Colorado
$600 RMSA Members (Join now for as little as $25 annually.)
$750 Regular Tuition
This will be our third teacher training. Training more teachers will be the way we will exponentially increase seed literacy in communities. This course includes the 7-week Seed School Online program to get you up to speed (or provide a refresher) and ready to jump into all kinds of creative strategies to inspire and empower people everywhere to save seeds.
Download Seed Knowledge and Ask Questions Live
Seed School Online is revolutionizing what seed education can be. We've developed a comprehensive, self-guided online learning course (based on our acclaimed Seed School curriculum) that will teach you everything you need to know to dive into seed saving.
These 7 pre-recorded sessions include hands-on practice, so you are deeply learning and retaining the information. Want a taste of the class before committing? Join RMSA's Executive Director and Seed School co-creater Bill McDorman for a FREE live Q&A webinar.
Seed School Online: Q&A Webinar with Bill McDorman
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
6:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time
This course is for backyard gardeners, CSA growers, market farmers, people who love to eat, students, activists and anyone else interested in reconnecting with the ancient tradition of seed saving. Get started on your seed saving journey today—at your own pace!
The Power of Connection
As we often say, RMSA is "your Alliance." This grassroots, community-supported organization exists to enrich, educate, and inspire you and your community with seed saving knowledge and resources. We have a wide range of programs and initiatives for you to connect with:
Seed Stewards – Step up as a committed seed saver in your community and help save seed diversity!
Million Seed Savers – Join the global seed movement campaign and let your voice be heard!
Rocky Mountain Heritage Grain Trials – Participate in a pioneering project to revive heritage grain production in the Rocky Mountain region.
Seed School – Attend one of our many varieties of Seed School (Weeklong, one-day, Grain School, Teacher Training or Online) and dive deeply into seed saving—starting wherever you are!
Join the Alliance – Your engaged support makes this work possible Become a Supporting Member, or join for free. We want to hear from you!
Thank you for being a part of this exciting, important work!
Stay Connected with RMSA
For questions regarding seed saving and current seed news, contact Bill McDorman: firstname.lastname@example.org
928-300-7989 | www.rockymountainseeds.org