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eNewsletter for September 15, 2017

RMSA Receives Grant from Patagonia

We are excited to announce that RMSA has been awarded a $15,000 grant for our Rocky Mountain Heritage Grain Trials project from Patagonia Environmental Grants. These funds will be used to expand our work with regional grain growers to help revive a vibrant and sustainable local grain economy using heritage varieties.

Many thanks to Patagonia for supporting this important work. This partnership also includes a connection to the grains themselves. Our grain trialists are growing Kernza, a perennial, low-input variety that is a key ingredient in Patagonia Provisions' Long Root Ale.

Learn more about RMSA's grain trial project here.

Grain School 2018 Registration Now Open!
grainspreadGrain School 2018 is around the corner! You can now register to reserve your spot for this popular, groundbreaking course in regional grains.
Grain School
January 12–14, 2018
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
Join RMSA and UCCS for a three-day course that is helping to inspire a revival of localized grain economies across the Rocky Mountain West. Grain School trains and empowers people to grow, mill, bake, brew and steward heritage grains in their communities. Together we are changing the grain paradigm in our region and creating more sustainable, regenerative food systems!
Enjoy a Grainy Day with RMSA
Can't commit to a full Grain School? Never fear—we've put together a concise but knowledge-dense day-long event just for you!
Grain School in a Day
Saturday, November 4th, 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
'Tis the Season for Trialing Grains
grainsgrowIt may still be warm outside, but it's a great time of year to start planning—and planting—your winter grain gardens. If you've been interested in becoming a part of the Rocky Mountain Heritage Grain Trials project but haven't signed up yet, why not take the leap now?
For a $50 fee, you'll receive seed stock of rare and ancient grain varieties selected to perform well in the Rocky Mountain region. You will also share your growing data and become a part of an exciting and growing effort to revive a localized heritage grain economy in the Mountain West.
Be the change you wish to see—by growing the grains you want to eat! Read more about this innovative project here and sign up today.
Join Bill and Greg for an Online Seed Q&A—Log On and Learn!
gregbillEvery month, RMSA's Bill McDorman and Urban Farm U's Greg Peterson team up for a FREE online Q&A discussion about all things seeds.
Ask your burning questions and germinate new seed knowledge! You'll also learn about opportunities to advance your seed saving skills with our Seed School Online course.

Seed School Online – Live Q&A Discussion
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
6:00 p.m. – Pacific Daylight Time 
Sign up here for free!

Seed School Online is a comprehensive seed saving internet course with hands-on learning. With these 7 self-paced, pre-recorded webinars you'll have what you need to get started on your journey to seed citizenship. Learn all about this pioneering online seed educational course in the call!

Seed Steward Salute: Sherry Manning
sherryThere are seed heroes—and then there's Sherry Manning! (Kneeling in front in the photo.) As founder of Friends of ENCA Farm, and former Peace Corp volunteer, Sherry has been working for the past 7 years to help spread seed saving and organic agriculture knowledge among small farmers in the Phillippines. ENCA Farm is a sustainable eco-farm located in Tublay in the northern region of the island country. 
Sherry sharpened her seed saving skills through several programs with RMSA (Seed School and Teacher Training) both as a student and teacher and then took those skills back to the Philippines. Last year, she invited RMSA co-founders Bill McDorman and Belle Starr to co-teach a Seed School in the Phillippines for the local farmers and it was a resounding success!
"Organizations like RMSA are the educational backbone of building a grassroots, citizen-led movement that is changing our food system one seed and student at a time." states Sherry.
Sherry is one of our monthly Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance contributors recognizing the value in committing to the sustainability of the organization. For as little as the price of a cup of coffee you can assure the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance continues its important grassroots work. Click here to contribute!
Friends of ENCA Farm is based out of Denver, Co but has a global impact. We are proud to partner with them as they partner with us to benefit our seed saving brothers and sisters around the world.  Join them at their annual Nourish event in Denver on October 14th and learn more about their awesome work. 
It's Seed Up Time Again!
seedupFor 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 bring a "date" and they get in free. Use the coupon code: seeddate
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

Stay Connected with RMSAheart_of_idaho

For questions regarding seed saving and current seed news, contact Bill McDorman:

For questions about seed vaulting or seed libraries, contact John Caccia:

For general inquiries, contact Belle Starr:

For questions about the Seed Stewards program contact Lee-Ann Hill:

928-300-7989 |

Stay up to date with current seed news by checking in regularly with the RMSA Facebook page.
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