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eNewsletter for October 9, 2018


Last Call for Seed School

phoneDrink deeply from the well of seed wisdom at our Seed School Teacher Training for Agricultural Professionals. This course is designed for those working with the public at various levels of food education and veggie production.
Seed School Teacher Training for Ag Professionals
October 21–26, 2018
Posner Center, Denver, Colorado
With less than two weeks to go, we know there are some spontaneous folks out there who are ready to seize this opportunity. We have a few spots left and would love for you to apply—especially if you are part of the Natural Resources Conservation Service program. Let’s expand seed saving knowledge exponentially to create the foundation for our local food movement.
Thanks to the USDA's W-SARE (Western Sustainability Agriculture Research and Education) program for underwriting this invaluable opportunity that comes to you at no cost! Big thanks as well to Global Seed Savers and Denver Urban Gardens for their ongoing support.
**Come early to Seed School and attend the Nourish event to benefit Global Seed Savers at the Posner Center on October 20th!
Grain School, Times Two
grainSpreading seed (and grain) knowledge is central to RMSA's work. Carrying on in this tradition, we are excited to announce not one, but two Grain Schools scheduled for 2019!
Grain School in Arizona
**location to be determined
April 12–14, 2019
Featuring special guest instructor Gary Nabhangary
Gary is an author, naturalist, and the Kellogg Chair at the University of Arizona's Southwest Center
Grain School in Albuquerque, NM
Albuquerque Museum and local field sites
August 16 &17, 2019
More details on these events and registration options will be available soon. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for updates.

A Farewell to Grain School at UCCS

grain schoolAfter three years, RMSA is moving on from its participation in the Grain School program at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.
We are very proud of what we helped to create there, and of all the amazing work our Grain School grads are doing in the world. Thanks to all who collaborated with us to grow this program into the international event it is today. We wish everyone the best!
Grazing in the Grass
rangeAre you a rancher or farmer interested in elevating your grass and seed knowledge to a new level, for the holistic health of your operation? Join us for this special Seed School in a Day!
Seed Literacy for Western Farmers and Sustainable Ranchers
Saturday, November 3, 2018

Desert Oasis Teaching Gardens – Albuquerque,  New Mexico

Wild spaces and grazing areas offer much potential for innovative and regenerative practices, including seed saving In this daylong workshop, we will show you how to enhance these untamed places and transform them into environments that serve nature and your needs harmoniously.

Presented in conjunction with the 2018 Regenerate Conference from the Quivira Coalition and other partners working to advance sustainable ranching in the West.

Special thanks to Owl Peak Farm for underwriting this class and making it possible!

New Fee Structure for Mt. West Seed Summit
MWSSWe are always looking to improve the way we run our programs and events. After admiring how the Quivira Coalition has structured their pricing for the Regenerate Conference, we decided to revise our own fees for the 2019 Mountain West Seed Summit.
New options include an Early Bird rate ($250) and a Youth/Student rate ($150). We hope this ensures everyone who wants to come is able to join us for this exciting and inspiring gathering.
Mountain West Seed Summit
February 21 – 23, 2019
Institute of American Indian Arts – Santa Fe, New Mexico
Special field trip February 21st to special and sacred seed sites, priced separately. 
Guest presenters so far include:
Rowen White (Sierra Seeds, Seed Seva)
Rebecca Newburn (Richmond Grows Seed Library)
Panagiotis Sainatoudis (Peliti Seed Festival, Greece)
Miguel Santistevan (Sol Feliz Farm)
Don Tipping (Siskiyou Seeds, RMSA Board Member)
Casey O'Leary (Snake River Seed Cooperative, RMSA Board Member)
Tesa Peters (Organic Seed Alliance)
Philip Kauth (Seed Savers Exchange)
Greg Schoen (Glass Gem corn steward)
Emily Arasim (Women's Earth and Climate Action Network)
Discounted room rates at the Sage Hotel in Santa Fe are available to Seed Summit registrants. Let them know you are attending the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance Seed Summit.  Click here to reserve a room.
A Model Seed School in Santa Fe
santafeA group of Santa Fe Seed School teachers and students (including the Santa Fe Master Gardener Association) are hosting their own Seed School Weekend!
Seed School Weekend – Santa Fe, NM
November 9–11, 2018
Santa Fe County Fairgrounds
$65 for the entire weekend
This exciting collaboration got us thinking and inspired us to design a new program: Seed School Affiliates! Very soon, we will have a package of resources and guidelines available for graduates of our Seed School Teacher Trainings or others interested in hosting a Seed School to produce their own seed education events. In this way, we are ramping up our efforts to spread seed knowledge throughout the Mountain West and beyond! Stay tuned for more announcements as this program takes shape.
A Story Told and Told Again
germanseedThe globetrotting documentary SEED: The Untold Story  opened this month in two new countries, Germany and Austria! People around the world are resonating with SEED's inspiring and timely message. We are truly a part of a global movement.
Screenings are scheduled extensively across Germany into 2019. You can find all the details for German cinemas and dates here. Please spread the word if you know anyone in these places!
And for those in Arizona, a screening will take place in Phoenix in December. More information below. 
Hear Ye, Hear Ye
sbAficionados of seeds and literature know to get psyched when a new issue of SeedBroadcast hits the streets! Always interesting, evocative, and empowering, the semi-annual "agri-Culture Journal" features a variety of insights and poetic musings inspired by the little gems we know as seeds.
Issue #11 is here! If you can't nab a paper copy, you can download a PDF and read all about it. Be sure to check out the "Resiliency Rising" article by RMSA's Bill McDorman and Stephen Thomas and ponder ways we can give rise to a new seed paradigm for our collective future.
florFlordemayo in Ketchum
Grandmother Flordemayo, founder of the Seed Temple, returns to the Wood River Community Seed Library in Ketchum, Idaho to deliver a message from the seeds and bless this year’s local seed harvest.
Gathering and Blessings of the Seeds
Free event
October 23, 2019
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
The Community Library, Ketchum, ID
415 Spruce Avenue North
Repairing the World
einkornThe Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance is excited to participate in Tikkun Olam 3 at the Cutler Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Tikkun Olam which means "repairing the world" in Hebrew, is a significant and timely mixed-media art exhibition curated by renowned environmental artist (and our dear friend) Joan Baron.
The exhibition consists of three key components: The Power of Art, The Power of Food, and The Power of Words, and features seven different acclaimed Arizona artists. It runs until January 23, 2019.
On Friday, December 21st, SEED: The Untold Story will be screened and RMSA will be leading a Q&A following the screening. The movie includes RMSA's Executive Director, Bill McDorman and offers a profound picture of our current food/seed paradigm.  Everyone who attends will be treated to a packet of heritage grain seeds that truly can help repair the world.  Click here for more details and tickets.
Big Thanks to McCune Foundation
mccuneThe McCune Foundation was a key sponsor of our first Mountain West Seed Summit, and they are once again stepping up to help support our 2019 gathering!
With their help, we will be better able to create a rich, thoughtful, and engaging event bringing together seed stewards across the Mountain West. Thank you, McCune Foundation!

Stay Connected with RMSAheart_of_idaho

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For general inquiries, contact Belle Starr:

For questions about the Seed Stewards or Grain Trials programs, contact Lee-Ann Hill:

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