Seed School in a Day

Around the world, communities are rallying together to build a more sovereign and secure food system rooted in local seeds. As this movement expands, there is a growing need for educational opportunities that train people to create regional “seed solutions” where they live and support a truly sustainable agriculture.

Seed School in a Day answers this need with a powerful, one-day workshop aimed at shifting the seed paradigm back into the hands of our communities. The program is a condensed version of Seed School, the acclaimed six-day course that has graduated more than 500 students and launched dozens of inspiring local projects worldwide. Created by longtime seed educators Bill McDorman and Belle Starr, the course draws upon 30 years of expertise in seed cultivation, harvesting, cleaning, marketing and distribution.

Following the successes of more than 20 Seed School courses, Seed School in a Day offers a comprehensive overview of seed knowledge available nowhere else. The program covers a wide range of topics spanning the history, science, business, and craft of seeds. Practical, hands-on activities are balanced with engaging lectures to provide a fun and interactive learning experience. Adult and teen participants of all skill levels and backgrounds are welcome to participate in this challenging yet accessible workshop.

Our lead instructors, Bill McDorman and Belle Starr, are co-founders of the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance, former co-directors of the seed conservation group Native Seeds/SEARCH, and passionate seed educators. Special guest instructors may also be present. See individual workshop listings for more details.

Interest in Seed School In A Day is growing rapidly. We are planning to present a total of 10 sessions in the coming year in the Rocky Mountain West. If you would like to help sponsor a Seed School In A Day in your community, or have any other questions, send an email to Belle Starr (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


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The Quivira Coalition and RMSA are teaming up for a special Seed School in a Day workshop at The 2018 Regenerate Conference.

Seed Literacy for Western Ranchers and Sustainable Farmers
Saturday, November 3, 2018, 9 am - 5 pm.

Desert Oasis Teaching Gardens – Albuquerque,  New Mexico

Presented by the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance in partnership with the 2018 Regenerate Conference, hosted by the Quivira Coalition, the American Grassfed Association, and Holistic Management International

Uncertain tariffs, trade laws, commodity prices and weather extremes require western ranchers and aridland farmers to up their game if they are to survive and prosper. In the search for new strategies, seeds are being rediscovered as one of the key components of any truly sustainable operation. Seeds are vital in many ways: not only do they comprise up to 60% of our (and our animals') diets as the grains we eat, but wild seed varieties are also essential for restoring our range lands and providing cover for our pastures.

Join the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance and the 2018 Regenerate Conference hosts for a day-long immersion into the modern seed world. You will learn where your seeds are actually grown and how you can find, test, source, grow, harvest, clean, store and even market the best seeds for your operation—that is, those best adapted to your particular environment. This engaging workshop will touch on the history, structure and growth of the modern seed industry, its extreme centralization, and the worldwide grassroots response offering new opportunities (especially for smaller and mid-sized operations). Learn everything from basic terminology to innovative new strategies to transition your operation with seed-focused and sustainable methods.  The course will also highlight RMSA's work in heritage grains.

Regular price: $50 – Includes lunch

RMSA Supporting Members price: $40

To become a RMSA Supporting Member, click here. Your annual membership entitles you to up to 20% discounts on Seed School courses and other events.

Course location: The Desert Oasis Teaching Gardens – 6400 Wyoming Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109







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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