PR - Oct 12 2016

Uniting the Spirit, Science, and Craft of Seed Saving at First-Ever Mountain West Seed Summit in Santa Fe, New Mexico

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 12, 2016: After almost three years of seed education and organizing in the Mountain West, the nonprofit group Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance, in partnership with the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, announces the first Mountain West Seed Summit. This unique conference will gather together “seed stewards,” individuals committed to preserving seed diversity, from the Mountain West region and beyond for three days of networking and seed knowledge.

Scheduled for March 3–4, 2017 at the Hotel Santa Fe in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the Summit will include presentations, hands-on activities, art, music, and more. A prominent lineup of guest speakers will be present at the Summit—such as local foods author and lecturer Gary Nabhan, indigenous activist Flordemayo (The Path), and the Tesuque Agricultural Initiative’s Emigdio Ballón, to name a few.

The purpose behind the event is to train and inspire seed producers across the region, from backyard and community gardeners to commercial farmers, with an emphasis on traditional seed saving practices. As reflected in the Summit’s sub-title, “Honoring Origins and Seeding the Future”, the conference will highlight information focusing on the interface between indigenous seed knowledge and contemporary approaches to sustainable seed saving and enterprises.

Attendees may also take part in a special pre-conference field trip on March 2 to the Tesuque Pueblo Seed Bank in Santa Fe, as well as regional seed farms and projects. Located on the Tesuque Pueblo's 70-acre farm, the seed bank features a diverse collection of traditional food and medicinal crop seeds from the Tesuque culture and around the world. Also included in the field trip is a tour of the Flowering Tree Permaculture Institute.

As a community-grown and supported event, the Mountain West Seed Summit welcomes partners and sponsors with a strong interest in preserving seed diversity and food security. Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, La Montanita Food Co-op, and the McCune Charitable Foundation are key partners. Additional local participants include Seed Broadcast, which will be capturing and sharing seed stories, and Squash Blossom, which will be providing incredible local food.

Registration for the two-day conference is $195, with an Early Bird price of $150 available until January 1, 2017. Discounts on rooms at the Hotel Santa Fe are also available. Full information and registration links can be found at

For all inquiries about the Summit, media, sponsorships, and partnership opportunities, contact Lee-Ann Hill by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by phone at 970-560-5486. For general inquiries about the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance, contact Belle Starr: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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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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