Seed School Teacher Training – Denver, CO

Learn skills and strategies to become a seed educator/activist in your community! 

October 1 – 6, 2017
Posner Center, Denver, Colorado

Presented by Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance (RMSA), Friends of ENCA Farm, and Denver Urban Gardens (DUG) 

With more than 800 graduates around the world, Seed School is a pioneering course that is helping shape the local seed and food movements far and wide. Seed School Teacher Training builds on the foundations of Seed School and will empower students to take the next steps in transferring seed knowledge to communities via educational models to exponentially increase bio-regional seed literacy. 


During this six-day course, participants will gain a deep understanding of ancient seed saving practices alongside permaculture principles and leadership development training to empower them as community seed leaders. This unique opportunity is limited to 25 students and available by application only on a first come, first served basis.

Some seed saving knowledge is required. If you are passionate about seeds and wish to play an active role in this powerful grassroots movement, we encourage you to apply!

Click here to download an application.

Important note: your application must be approved before registering and making payment!


Course Details

Seed School Teacher Training is based on RMSA's standard Seed School curriculum and will offer its customary seed saving program as a foundation. In addition, participants will be trained in leadership skills and strategies specially tailored for community seed education. Students will learn from our experienced instructors how to deliver a powerful seed saving lecture or multi-hour workshop rooted in ancient seed traditions and modern science. As local seed leaders, graduates from this program will be able to confidently and effectively impart this powerful knowledge using all the best techniques we have developed through teaching more than 20 Seed Schools nationwide.

The training incorporates permaculture principles, infusing learning strategies with holistic perspectives to support participants' development in their areas of focus. These areas include: farming, backyard gardening, facilitating seed libraries or exchanges, education, and advocacy for food or seed issues.

Topics include: genetics, botany, breeding, harvesting, and more. Full Seed School course details are available here.

Facilitated by Bill McDorman (Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance), Benjamin Fahrer (Top Leaf Farms), and special guest instructors. Click here for Seed School instructor bios.


This course will be held at the Posner Center for International Development, an inspiring organization that brings together local groups working to solve global poverty issues. Located in a modern and beautiful 25,000 square foot facility in Denver's Curtis Park neighborhood, the Posner Center will provide an ideal, comfortable setting to dive deep into seed teacher training. We are thrilled to be collaborating with some of the leading organizations in Denver around sustainable food systems, and to be hosted at this state-of-the-art, progressive center.

Posner Center for International Development
1031 33rd St
Denver, Colorado 80205

Registration and Payments

RMSA Supporting Member Tuition: $600

Regular Tuition: $750

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.

Tuition fees include snacks and a healthy organic lunch each day, as well as access to RMSA's prerecorded 7-week Seed School Online course. A $200 deposit is required to reserve your place once your application has been approved. Remaining payment is due by Friday, September 1st.

Click here to download an application.

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 Seed School FAQ

What can I expect at Seed School and what will I be able to do after the training?

Seed School will prepare you for any track you choose having to do with seed saving. You will come away from the course with knowledge on the basics of seed saving, genetics, processing, harvesting, and growing. You will also learn about the global seed situation and the growing movement to take back control of our seeds bio-regionally.

You will become a competent and confident teacher on seeds and will be empowered to create community seed solutions in whatever way you like—such as starting or enhancing a seed-growing operation, organizing a seed library or exchange, launching a seed business, educating others, or furthering your own backyard seed saving efforts.

You can expect to be inspired, empowered, and greatly informed by Seed School. There is an ongoing mix of hands on, experiential, and integrative activities. PowerPoint is used sparingly to anchor in key elements of the course. Students have access to all teaching materials to help them take their next steps after they leave the course. One other important aspect of the week-long program is the camaraderie and deep connections made with other seed lovers. Often students describe feeling a sense of “coming home” at Seed School or feeling relieved to find others as concerned and moved by the magic of seeds as they are.

What do I need to bring to Seed School?

Bring an array of clothing for indoor and outdoor activities. You'll want to have comfortable shoes for walking and our field outings, as well as a pair of gardening gloves. Having a water bottle with you would be handy. For note-taking, bring the items of your preference: pen, paper, laptop, and any other items to assist your learning (camera or iPhone).

Where will I stay and how much will it cost?

There are a number of hotels, Airbnb rentals, and even hostels nearby. Costs vary widely, so shop around. It may be possible to find host homes for those on a tight budget—send us an email if you are in need of assistance.

What about meals?

Seed School covers lunches and snacks. Delicious, locally-sourced food will be available (vegan and non-gluten diets can be accommodated). You are on your own for breakfast and dinner. There are a number of dine-in and take-out restaurants available in the area with a variety of price ranges. We will find organic, locally-sourced restaurants and will link those options here soon.

What are the hours of Seed School and when should I plan to arrive and leave?

Please plan on arriving by Sunday, October 1st to be ready to start an orientation and icebreaker session at 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, we will start at 9:30 a.m. and end at 5:30 p.m.

Class wraps on Friday, which sometimes runs a little late due to graduation. You may want to consider staying until Saturday morning as students typically like to celebrate in the evening of graduation with a shared meal or at a restaurant. If you need to leave before 5:30 p.m. on Friday, please make sure you have made transportation arrangements and let us know so we may have a proper send-off before you leave.

I will be flying in. What are the best airports to arrive at?

Denver International Airport (DIA) is the closest airport, about a half hour away.

What kind of financial arrangements do I need to make?

If you are a RMSA Supporting Member, you are eligible for the discounted rate of $600. We highly recommend taking advantage of this discount and becoming a member. Click here to learn more and sign up. Regular tuition is $750. Once your application has been approved, you may pay all at once for either tuition rate, or you can make a deposit of $200 to reserve your space. Full payment is due by Friday, September 1st. If you cancel for any reason, a $50 fee will be deducted from your deposit, with your remaining tuition fully refunded within 30 days. After September 1st, a refund will be at the discretion of RMSA based on our ability to fill your spot.

What about scholarships?

Partial scholarships are available on a limited basis. Please request a scholarship application by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Students are encouraged to contribute some tuition to their experience, which we find makes for a more meaningful training all around. We love to support those who passionate, committed folks working in the trenches with limited resources!

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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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