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eNewsletter for October 19, 2017

Grandmother Flordemayo Needs Our Help

Flordemayo, one of the Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers and founder of the seedkeeping organization The Path, is facing financial challenges. Her 40-acre property and Seed Temple in Estancia, New Mexico is in danger of being sold. Since 2012, this site has been stewarding thousands of seeds for the nourishment of future generations, including seeds on behalf of the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance!

Please support Flordemayo's crowdfunding campaign to save the Seed Temple and preserve the wisdom and traditions of these sacred seeds. These are exactly the times when our community must join together to preserve our seed heritage. Thank you!


Watch the video above to learn more about The Path and Seed Temple

A Special Visit from Flordemayo in Ketchum, ID
florGrandmother Flordemayo is paying a special visit to the Wood River Seed Library in Ketchum! This event is the only appearance she will be making while in 40 days of prayer to receive guidance on the future of The Path, her seedkeeping organization facing financial challenges. If you are in the Sun Valley/Ketchum area, don't miss this rare opportunity to meet Flordemayo and receive gems of seed wisdom!
"Grandmother's Wisdom: Planting the Seeds of Humanity"
A Talk from Grandmother Flordemayo
Saturday, October 28, 2017
4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
The Community Library, Ketchum, ID
Grandmother Flordemayo was born in the highlands of Central America under the sign of the seed, in Mayan astrology. Her visions have guided her to create the Seed Temple in Estancia, New Mexico, where she safeguards thousands of seed varieties for future generations. RMSA was honored with Flordemayo's participation at our Mountain West Seed Summit this past March where she touched so many with her love and dedication to seeds. 
Private consultations with Flordemayo are available by appointment. Contact
The Community Library
415 N. Spruce Avenue
Ketchum, ID 83340
Seed School in a Day at Arcosanti
RMSA is excited to be presenting a Seed School in a Day event at the beautiful, visionary Arcosanti urban laboratory in Arizona!
Seed School in a Day
Thursday, November 9th, 2017
Arcosanti — Mayer, Arizona
This special one-day workshop offers a comprehensive overview of seed saving. Practical hands-on activities are balanced with engaging lectures to provide a fun and interactive learning experience. The workshop will be held in the Arcosanti Cafe.
Seed School in a Day at Arcosanti is presented in conjunction with the Arcosanti Convergence, an exciting weekend festival of sustainable ideas. RMSA's Bill McDorman will be a featured speaker at the event. Ticket holders for the Convergence receive a discount for Seed School in a Day.
Regular price: $60 – Includes an organic lunch
RMSA Supporting Members and Convergence attendees: $48
Spend 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
Immerse Yourself at Grain School 2018
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!
Seed the Change — Become a Seed Teacher!
ssttWe just wrapped another epic Seed School Teacher Training, this time at the amazing Posner Center in Denver, Colorado. Twenty-six students from across the Rocky Mountain West and beyond joined us for this deep dive into seed knowledge. They will go on to share what they've learned in their home communities, helping to grow the local seed movement exponentially!
We loved the Posner Center so much we booked for our next Seed School Teacher Training in April 2018. If you are hearing the call to step up as a seed educator/activist, we want you to be there. We are now accepting applications!
Seed School Teacher Training
April 22 – 28, 2018
Posner Center, Denver, CO
Presented by Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance, Global Seed Savers, and Denver Urban Gardens

posnerWith nearly 1,000 graduates around the world, Seed School is a pioneering course that is helping shape the local seed and food movements far and wide. RMSA's Seed School Teacher Training builds on the foundations of Seed School and empowers students to take the next steps in transferring seed knowledge to communities via educational models to exponentially increase seed literacy where they live.

Download Seed Knowledge with Seed School Online
ssoAll of the resources, expert tips, and inspiration you'll find in a Seed School course are available to access from the comfort of your home! Seed School Online is an innovative, immersive learning experience in all things seeds, including hands-on activities. Transform your seed saving skills and understanding in just 7 weeks!
Students who attend our Seed School Teacher Trainings are required to complete Seed School Online first. At our recent teacher's course in Denver, students were emphatic about the benefits they received from this online course, preparing them with the concepts, skills, and mindset to become confident, inspirational seed educators.
Ask Your Seed Questions Live!
flowerJoin us online for a FREE seed saving Q&A session with RMSA's Bill McDorman and Urban Farm U's Greg Peterson. Bring your burning seed questions or just listen in and learn seed saving tips from the experts!
Seed Saving Q&A – Online
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Starts at 6:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time

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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Mancos, CO 81328
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