RMSA Grain Schools 2019

Arizona — April 12-14, 2019
* with special guest, Dr. Gary Nabhan

Albuquerque, New Mexico — July 26-27, 2019
* Albuquerque Museum and local field sites

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Join us for one to three-day explorations 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 created 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.

The innovative curriculum covers a range of topics including the history of land-race grains, crop breeding, nutritional and health issues, baking and fermentation, and small-scale production techniques. Facilitated by RMSA's Bill McDorman and Lee-Ann Hill, the course includes special guests and experts in local grain farming, milling, and baking.

Guest presenters from past Grain Schools:GS_group

Dr. Gary Nabhan - University of Arizona, (Tucson, AZ)
Don Guerra – Barrio Bread (Tucson, AZ)
Demetria Stephens –  Stephens Land and Cattle, Turkey Red Wheat, (KS)
Jade Koyle – Ancient Grains, Einkorn (Teton, ID)
Jeff Zimmerman – Hayden Flour Mills (Tempe, AZ)
Stephen Jones – The Bread Lab (Washington State University)
Diego Madueño – Hayden Flour Mills (Tempe, AZ)

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SnakeRiverExpand your seed saving knowledge and skills at an inspiring six-day Seed & Grain School

Save the Date!

Owls Nest AirBnB
River Road
Buhl, ID
May 3 – 8, 2020

Presented by Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance (RMSA) and Snake River Earth Arts (SREA).

With more than 1,100 graduates around the world, RMSA’s Seed School is a pioneering course helping shape the local seed and food movements far and wide. 

Seed and Grain School finds us back in the Miracle Mile in Idaho where geothermal hot springs are plentiful. The training will be at a newly revamped private residence with dormitory-style, student housing, and camping. The week will be structured as a retreat where we soak: in knowledge, good meals prepared together, and then in the private thermal pools.

Across the street from the classroom and next to the Snake River, are RMSA’s grain trial plots with examples of various strategies for grain production and demonstrations of how to scale up production. Adjacent to the Owls Nest is a geothermal greenhouse operation that provides ample produce for a bioregional CSA and our week-long training.

Those from underserved areas are encouraged to apply for our scholarships to offset tuition.

Wayne-Buhl_cornThis Seed School includes Grain School components to build capacity for increasing grain production and literacy. The course will introduce the idea of “gardening grains” as an important part of any food system. Needless to say, ancient and heritage grains will be served and eaten en masse!

You will learn how to grow, harvest, process, and cook with these delicious and healthy grains.

Three organic meals will be served and students will share in preparing one evening meal during their stay.

Registration will be available at the beginning of December.

A Note on Cultural Considerations at RMSA Seed Schools and Events: We strive to be culturally sensitive and foster safe, inclusive spaces at our Seed Schools and special events. Please visit our About Seed School page for our guidelines of conduct and more details on RMSA's commitment to diversity, inclusion, and anti-oppressive practices.


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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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