eNewsletter for August 3, 2017
Lights, Camera, SEEDS!
Grab your popcorn, Colorado Springs! A special screening of SEED: The Untold Story is coming to town as part of the Pike's Peak Urban Garden's Seed Soiree—and you won't want to miss it!
Pike’s Peak Urban Garden Seed Soiree
Sunday, August 6, 2017
Stargazers Theater in Colorado Springs, CO
Come for the screening of SEED: The Untold Story. Stay for the Silent Auction featuring Seed School Online opportunities! All proceeds benefit the creation of a new community garden in Colorado Springs.
Location: Stargazers Theater, 10 S. Parkside Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80910
Doors open at 3:00 p.m. – Film starts at 4:00 p.m.
More details at www.ppugardens.org
A Few Seats Left for Teacher Training
We're thrilled to say that the next Seed School Teacher Training is nearly at capacity! There's still a few spots left—act fast if you want to join us for this exciting intensive in seed education.
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
Scholarships may be available for those in financial need. Email Belle Starr (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you'd like to be considered for a scholarship.
A Grainy Day in Norwood, CO
For those grain-lovers who have always wanted to take the three-day Grain School but can't find the time, this is for you. RMSA presents a heaping serving of grain knowledge—from growing and breeding to baking and eating—packed into a one-day program!
Grain School in a Day
Saturday, November 4, 2017
The Livery – Norwood, CO
With a focus on ancient and heritage grains, you will learn expert techniques and hands-on skills to grow, mill, market, and bake with locally adapted grains. Grain collaborations will also be explored and encouraged for local "grain chain" development. Don't miss this unique opportunity to dive deep into the exciting, delicious world of heritage grains!
Regular price: $50 – Includes a locally sourced lunch with heritage grains featured
RMSA Supporting Members price: $40
Another Big Step for Grainkind! Save the Dates for Grain School 2018
It's not too early to start planning for Grain School at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs! Each year in January, RMSA teams up with UCCS to present an intensive three-day exploration into the world of heritage grains. Participants learn techniques for growing and harvesting grains—as well as delicious ways to eat them!
January 12–14, 2018
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs Campus
Mark your calendar for these dates and stay tuned for registration to open soon. This edition of Grain School will feature some incredible guest teachers and presenters including Jeff Zimmerman (Hayden Flour Mills), Glenn Roberts (Anson Mills), Don Guerra (Barrio Bread), Andre Kempton (Wild Leaven), and Steven Jones (The Bread Lab, Washington State University).
Trialing Grains and Blazing Trails
We are not alone in thinking that small-scale variety trials of potential new crops is a great idea for regional food security. Bioversity International—one of the world's leading organizations protecting agro-biodiversity—published an article recently that backs up the premise behind RMSA's Heritage Grain Trials program.
Here's a salient quote from the article:
"Rather than a few trials of hundreds of varieties, how about hundreds of trials of a few varieties each? And rather than a few scientists and technicians conducting the trials, how about working with the hordes of farmers who would ultimately decide whether to adopt the improved varieties? Five years later, that novel approach has borne fruit in the form of increased yields and greater food security as part of Bioversity International’s Seeds for Needs initiative in East Africa, India, and Latin America."
Our Heritage Grain Trials project is an exciting idea in good company. Each of us has the power to shift our food system—it's not just up to the "experts"!
Grain Farming Apprenticeship
This exciting opportunity came to us by way of the Quivira Coalition, a foundation supporting regenerative ranching and farming in the West. We are always looking for ways to network with like-minded groups and spread the word about amazing opportunities among our community.
Vilicus Farms is a first generation, nationally recognized organic, dryland crop farm located in northern Hill County, Montana. Established in 2009, Vilicus Farms grows a diverse array of heirloom and specialty grains, pulse, oilseed and broadleaf crops within a 5+year rotation on approximately 5,000 acres. Vilicus Farms practices advanced land stewardship at a scale that matters.
The Vilicus Farms Apprenticeship is intended to be a multi-season training and mentoring program that immerses highly motivated young professionals in organic farm operation and management - a journey that ultimately ends in farm ownership. Doug and Anna understand the challenges of taking a farm from vision to reality. Through the Vilicus Farms apprenticeship program, they hope to give beginning farmers a real opportunity to start a successful organic dryland crop farm in the Northern Great Plains.
It's Seed Up Time Again!
For all of our friends in the Southwest, it's time once again for the Great American Seed Up! This yearly event gives you access to an amazing diversity of seeds in bulk quantities at discount prices.
Friday and Saturday – September 22 & 23
North Phoenix Baptist Church – Phoenix, AZ
Take advantage of this incredible opportunity to collect, preserve, and learn about local seeds from RMSA's Bill McDorman, Urban Farm U's Greg Peterson, and Kari Spencer from the Micro Farm Project.
Friday night is Seed Dating night. Bring a "date" and they get in free.
Tickets are necessary to attend:
$7.50 – Friday evening includes a screening of SEED: The Untold Story with Q&A to follow. Saturday includes workshops all day: Seed Saving, Seed Starting and Seed Storing
Want to volunteer? We are looking for energized, passionate folks that would like to help out at the event in exchange for a free ticket. Contact Belle Starr (email@example.com) for details.
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