Join us for a three-day exploration into the world of heritage grains. You'll learn techniques for growing and harvesting grains—and of course, delicious ways to eat them!

Locally grown and milled grains are the missing component in many regional food systems. To inspire a revival of localized grain systems across the Rocky Mountain West, RMSA has teamed up with the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS) for a powerful educational course that aims to change this paradigm. Grain School trains and empowers people to once again grow, mill, and steward heritage grains in their communities.

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Seed School is a groundbreaking educational course that trains people from all walks of life to build local seed systems rooted in the ancient tradition of seed saving. Practiced by farmers and gardeners for thousands of years, seed saving strengthens food security at the community level, empowering people to reclaim control over their food supply. Students walk away from this innovative learning experience with the knowledge and inspiration to start their own independent seed initiatives, such as community seed libraries and exchanges, seed growers cooperatives, heirloom seed businesses, and participatory plant breeding projects.

Seed School is designed to offer a comprehensive yet accessible overview of the history, science, business, and craft of seeds. Appropriate for adults and teens at all skill levels, this course is for gardeners, farmers, chefs, entrepreneurs, NGOs, activists, policymakers and anyone interested in turning the tide on the industrialization of our food system.

With hundreds of graduates around the world, the acclaimed Seed School program is available in a range of courses to suit all specific interests, schedules, and lifestyles—including an online option! If you want a little taste and a reminder of why you should attend Seed School, view the little video below of Bill McDorman.

Explore our diverse Seed School offerings:

Seed School (6-Day Immersion Course)

Seed School in a Day (1-Day Workshop)

Grain School

Seed School Online

If you would like to bring Seed School to your community, send an email to Belle Starr (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

 

Seed School Online is an innovative educational experience that brings our acclaimed Seed School training program to people everywhere. We developed this unique offering as a response to the growing demand for in-depth seed education. Now, students around the world have access to RMSA's empowering and immersive seed learning experience from the comfort of their home!

Seed School Online's primary instructor Bill McDorman has been inspiring people to save seeds for over 30 years. All the resources and support Bill has accumulated through a lifetime of learning and teaching has come together in Seed School Online—and now this knowledge is available to you!

During our 7-week program, you will network with other seed stewards and find your own inspiration. You will hear personal stories of individuals who have transformed their new seed knowledge into action by launching small seed companies, seed libraries, and exchanges.

Seed School Online combines technical guidance, engaging visual content, and hands-on activities in a powerful immersive learning platform. Here's what past participants have to say about this informative and enlightening course:

"This was my first time attending a lecture online, and I wasn't sure what to expect. Seed School Online was so interesting! It gave me lots of new ideas that I can't wait to put to use in my garden. Thanks so much!"
—Renee, Colorado Springs, CO

"Just wanted to say I attended the introductory webinar and wanted you and Bill to know it was very well done. Given I teach at universities and do distance education, I can appreciate what you did. Looking forward to the rest of the course."
—Beth Kersey, Anchorage, AK

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Who We Are

We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening seed and food security in our region.

Our mission is to assure a diverse and abundant supply of seeds for the Rocky Mountain West through networking, education and helping establish community-based models of seed stewardship.

 

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  belle (@) rockymountainseeds.org
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  PO Box 4736 • Ketchum, ID 83340