Join us for a special residential Seed School at Sterling College in Vermont!

August 5 – 10, 2018 
Sterling College, Craftsbury Common, Vermont

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The Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance brings its groundbreaking, six-day Seed School to Vermont this summer! This immersion course is designed to train students how to build local seed systems rooted in the ancient tradition of seed saving. Join special guest instructor John Navazio (head plant breeder at Johnny's Selected Seeds) and others alongside RMSA staff for a powerful learning experience in the world of seed saving. 

This residential Seed School is an intermediate-level course. Some prior knowledge of basic plant biology, genetics, and taxonomy is recommended. Students walk away from this innovative educational experience with the knowledge and inspiration to save their own seed and perhaps start their own independent seed initiatives, such as community seed libraries and exchanges, seed growers cooperatives, heirloom seed businesses, and participatory plant breeding projects.

Course Details

Facilitated by RMSA Executive Director Bill McDorman, Special Projects Coordinator Lee-Ann Hill, and special guest instructors John Navazio (head plant breeder at Johnny's Selected Seeds), Petra Page-Mann (Fruition Seeds), Lynda Prim, and Amy Halloran (The New Bread Basket). An evening program with special guest WIll Bonsall (Scatterseed Project) will also be included. Click here for Seed School instructor bios.

Students can expect to become proficient in the following topics:sterling

  • Structure & History of the Seed Industry
  • The Magic of Seeds
  • Intro to Mendel’s Genetics
  • Selection and Evaluation
  • Pollination, Breeding, Harvesting and Germination
  • Germination Testing
  • Wild Seed – Production, Collection, Cleaning
  • Seed Exchanges, Libraries, Businesses


$1,250.00 – Open to Sterling College students and general public

Tuition fees cover the cost of the class, optional evening events, most course materials, and daily meals from the top-ranked Sterling Kitchen. Accommodations are not included.

Housing Availability and Fees

On-campus housing is available for an additional fee of $60/night with a private bathroom and $50/night with shared bathroom access. Please note that Sterling College offers rustic/vintage/farmhouse style accommodations that are clean and safe but not luxurious. Availability is limited and room requests are filled on a rolling, first-come, first-serve basis. If you prefer to stay off-campus please see our accommodations page for local recommendations.


Sterling College
16 Sterling Drive
Craftsbury Common, VT 05827 

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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