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eNewsletter for April 11, 2019

 

Hats Off!

Bill_McDormanOur hats are off to you, our many members and supporters for all you have done to support Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance which turns 5 on May 1st!

In appreciation, we are giving away a dozen of our cool trucker hats or beanies in a drawing of names (in a hat, of course) for those of you willing to send in a one or two-sentence testimonial on how RMSA and Seed School or any of our programs have changed your life (assuming they have). We plan to use these testimonials in our spring campaign letter.

Let us know your affiliation so we can credit you properly. Email your testimonial to belle@rockymountainseeds.org.  Thank you so much!

 

Free Grain School Public Forum

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RMSA and the ECO Learning Center are teaming up for a free public forum to kick off our Grain School event!

Grain School Public Forum
Friday, April 12, 2019
5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Location: ECO Learning Center
3360 E. Highway 89A
Cottonwood, AZ

We will be in the midst of a three-day foray into the magic, revitalization, and deliciousness of ancient and heritage grains.

The ECO Learning Center is serving a free Farm to Table meal – yes, right from the farm there! (Donations will be greatly appreciated.) RMSA and friends will be bringing grainy goodies such as pies, cookies, bread, and other interesting delectables.

Our dear friend Dr. Gary Nabhan will be on hand to share his perspective on Conservation You Can Taste and three of his books will be available for purchase: Food from the Radical Center, Mesquite, and Growing Food in a Hotter Drier Climate. We will also share the success of our Grain Trials program and encourage ANYONE to get involved by simply growing one ancient grain from over 280 varieties in our collection you can choose from.

If you can make it, PLEASE R.S.V.P. at the following number: 928.641.6817. We are planning for a full house! Come celebrate grainy goodness with us (and we will tell you why it is easier on bellies, too!).

 

Grain School Take Two

classPeople will be talking... about their experience at Grain School in Arizona. Don't be left out on the adventure and excitement of the fresh flour movement!

Here is another offering for our regional gardeners with an interest in making grains a part of their backyard growing strategies.
 
Grain School
July 26 – 27, 2019
Albuquerque Museum (and Garden's Edge Grain Garden)
2000 Mountain Road NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104
 
$200 regular tuition
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Did We Score?!

classRMSA is excited to announce our newest hire, Betsy Samuelson, who will step in as grant writer in a development capacity. We first met Betsy (then Goodman) in 2011 when she attended one of our Seed Schools and have kept in touch ever since.

Betsy is a community development specialist and was involved in helping craft the Recommended Uniform State Seed Law (RUSSL) Amendment through the American Association of Seed Control Officials. But her proudest accomplishment (we are sure) was growing all the flowers for her recent wedding to Ben Samuelson.

Congrats Betsy!

 

Did We Say We Are Lucky?

classRenee Fourie joined RMSA several months ago just in time to help us promote the Mountain West Seed Summit. You have probably seen her creative memes on social media which were also quite impactful during the Summit as background imagery for our various speakers.

Renee comes from a diverse background involving digital marketing, real estate, corporate education, and non-profit community outreach and development. She is now migrating into RMSA helping us with other programs including our newsletters and other social media.

Thanks Renee for being such an enthusiastic team player!

Stay Connected with RMSAheart_of_idaho

For questions regarding seed saving and current seed news, contact Bill McDorman: bill@rockymountainseeds.org

For questions about seed vaulting or seed libraries, contact John Caccia:
jc@rockymountainseeds.org

For general inquiries, contact Belle Starr: belle@rockymountainseeds.org

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

928-255-1125 | www.rockymountainseeds.org

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