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eNewsletter for November 27, 2018


Gifts and Gratitude

cornucopiaAs you digest the love, connection, and bounty of your harvest-time holidays, it's a perfect time to reflect on the work we are creating together around seeds. RMSA has accomplished much with the passion and collective action of you and so many others. And the fruits of our efforts keep ripening and multiplying!
Gratitude and gifts go hand in hand. When you add up all the gifts that RMSA members have given to this work—often in small monthly contributions of $5, $10, and $20—a thriving public service organization like ours is possible. If the 3,000 people on this mailing list contributed just $5 a month to this important cause, we could fully fund the work RMSA does.
When you do the math, this is a small amount in the world of nonprofits. We keep our overhead low and our projects impactful to make the biggest difference in our communities. This is truly a collective effort and every contribution matters. Our seeds, our health, and our future are in our hands. Thank you for being a part of this journey and movement!
Here are a few ways to support RMSA's work:
Today is Giving Tuesday. Make a huge impact by exponentially increasing our ability to serve YOU. Click here to donate. 
Getting "Radicle" in the New Year
radicles2019 is around the corner (can you believe it?) and we're getting "radicle!"
Our 2nd Mountain West Seed Summit will bring together the seed stewards of our region for a gathering we're calling "Reunion of the Radicles." As last time, this will be an inspiring, rousing three days full of knowledge sharing and bright visions for a seed-filled future.
Mountain West Seed Summit
February 21 – 23, 2019
Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM
Our list of presenters and workshops is already promising to be very special, with more additions to come. We just heard from Andrew Kimbrell from the Center for Food Safety and he is excited to join us again (he inspired all of us 2017). We are thrilled to have the author and speaker Charles Eisenstein joining us as a keynote presenter on Friday morning. His work exploring the connections between agriculture, ecology, and spirituality deeply resonates with RMSA's mission. The Summit will also feature engaging talks and workshops on a broad diversity of topics, including: 
  • "On-Farm Breeding for Climate Resilience" – Don Tipping
  • "The 7 Tenets of Seed Saving" – Greg Schoen
  • "Young Seed Stewards Rising" – Emily Arasim
  • "Growing a Seed Business" – Tessa Peters
  • "Radicle Urban Seed Saving" – Jillian Bishop and Benjamin Fahrer
  • "Rematriating Seeds" – Rowen White
This exciting weekend includes a Thursday field trip to Tesuque Pueblo and other seed sites, and a Friday night seed swap, poetry slam, and soiree.

More Thanks to Our Funders

thanksDiverse seed perspectives require diverse funding. We are so grateful to the foundations who share our vision and support our work.
LUSH Cosmetics is collaborating with RMSA on our Expanding Seed Saving Exponentially project. This initiative will assist RMSA-trained Seed Teachers in holding their own seed education events to spread seed knowledge far and wide. RMSA will help with presentation tools and resources for Seed Teachers to advance their efforts. If you are interested in this project, send an email to
The Kalliopeia Foundation continues to be a dedicated partner in this work since 2013 when they helped cultivate Seed School with generous support. Their conscious philosophy to grantmaking and nurturing change-makers is an inspiration to us. We are deeply grateful to Kalliopeia for believing in RMSA and contributing general funds to keep our organization growing and thriving. Thank you!
Always visionary, Kalliopeia has stepped up to underwrite a scholarship fund to help our indigenous communities attend RMSA programs. This means scholarships are available for indigenous community members for the Mountain West Seed Summit, our April and July Grain Schools, and our Grain Trials program. Other scholarships are also available for those who are financially challenged. Email to learn more.
RMSA at the MOA Conference
MOAOf course, we can't pass up an opportunity to educate the farming world about seed patents! RMSA Executive Director Bill McDorman has been invited to speak at the Montana Organic Association's annual conference. He'll be delivering a rabble-rousing talk about the encroachment of patented varieties into our seed supplies and how this affects our ability to create sustainable seed systems.
16th Annual Montana Organic Association Conference
December 6 – 8, 2018

Mansfield Convention Center, Great Falls, MT

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More Grain Schools on the Way
barleySpreading 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
Eco Learning Center
Cottonwood, AZ
April 12–14, 2019
Featuring special guest instructor Gary Nabhan
Gary is an author, naturalist, and the Kellogg Chair at the University of Arizona's Southwest Center
Also featuring Don Guerra from Barrio Bread in Tucson
Grain School in Albuquerque, NM
Albuquerque Museum and local field sites
July 26 & 27, 2019
SEED Film Screening in Phoenix - FREE
seedCome to a free screening of SEED: The Untold Story at the Jewish Heritage Center in collaboration with the Tikkun Olam, Repair the World art exhibition (continuing until January). Bill McDorman, who is featured in the film, will be on hand to do a Q&A after the showing.
SEED: The Untold Story – Free Screening
Friday, December 21, 2018
Doors open at 6 pm, movie starts at 6:30 pm, gallery open until 9 pm.
Jewish Heritage Center, Phoenix, AZ
122 E. Culver Street
Phoenix, AZ   85004-1720    Next to the Burton Barr Phoenix Library
(Take 2nd Street South of McDowell)
Special RMSA seed packets will be gifted to the first 100 attendees.

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 or Grain Trials programs, contact Lee-Ann Hill:

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