Move Over Monsanto: Seed School Teacher Training Creates a New Food System Rooted in Local Seeds

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 8, 2016:  Seeds may soon be the most valuable resource on earth. As many analysts and reporters have signaled, our global food system is in dire straits. Climate chaos, economic turbulence, and unsustainable farming practices have unleashed a perfect storm that threatens to topple “Big Ag” and puts our food security in peril. At the same time, a grassroots uprising against Monsanto and the genetic modification of our crops continues to grow around the world, demanding a new agricultural paradigm rooted in seed sovereignty.

Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance Celebrates First-Year Anniversary at The Community Library, Ketchum, Idaho

Event on August 12th focuses on local seed saving and sharing efforts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 1, 2015:  After an exciting and productive inaugural year, the regional seed conservation nonprofit Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance (RMSA) is celebrating with an event at The Community Library. Gardeners, seed savers, and the general public are invited to come learn about the local seed movement that is taking root in communities across the Rocky Mountain region.  The Community Library recently became the new home of the Wood River Seed Library.

Innovative Seed Saving Program Offers Online Version

Begins February 10th, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 5, 2015: The Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance and Seedsave.org announce Seed School Online, the first-ever web-based presentation of the nationally acclaimed Seed School program that is successfully training people to create sustainable, localized seed systems where they live. As awareness of the destructive impacts of industrial agriculture grows, a global movement is rising to take control over our seeds and ensure the health of our food system, communities, and environment. Seed School Online supports this seed saving renaissance by making this empowering seed knowledge available to people around the world in an engaging and interactive webinar format.

Acclaimed Course Continues Immersion into the World of Seeds

KETCHUM, IDAHO – September 17, 2014 – The Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance (RMSA) is proud to present Seed School , an ongoing program that offers a comprehensive overview of the history, science, business and craft of seeds in an engaging format appropriate for all skill levels and backgrounds. The next Seed School is slated for November 2nd through the 7th at Onsen Farm in Buhl, Idaho a geothermal greenhouse facility and hot springs!

Seed School was developed in 2010 by longtime seed educators and RMSA co-founders Bill McDorman and Belle Starr. As former co-directors of the notable seed conservation organization Native Seeds/SEARCH, McDorman and Starr produced nearly two-dozen Seed School courses nationwide and graduated over 525 students from around the world. The acclaimed course has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and in two documentary films (Open Sesame: The Story of Seeds and the forthcoming SEED: The Untold Story).

Acclaimed Course Offers One-Day Immersion into the World of Seeds

KETCHUM, IDAHO – July 16, 2014 – The Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance (RMSA) announces Seed School in a Day, an innovative workshop that will offer a comprehensive overview of the history, science, business and craft of seeds in an engaging format appropriate for all skill levels and backgrounds. This one-day course will be presented in Mancos, Colorado Springs, and Boulder, Colorado as well as Boise, Idaho. Other Seed Schools in a Day will be planned throughout the Rocky Mountain West.

Seed School in a Day is a condensed version of the popular six-day Seed School program developed in 2010 by longtime seed educators and RMSA co-founders Bill McDorman and Belle Starr. As former co-directors of the notable seed conservation organization Native Seeds/SEARCH, McDorman and Starr produced nearly two-dozen Seed School courses nationwide and graduated over 525 students from around the world. The acclaimed course has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and in two documentary films (Open Sesame: The Story of Seeds and the forthcoming SEED: The Untold Story).

Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance Builds and Links Seed Network

Gardeners, foodies, native plant lovers, and sustainability advocates in the Rocky Mountains have cause to celebrate. Bill McDorman, Belle Starr, and John Caccia are pleased to announce the formation of the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance (RMSA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening seed and food security in the region. The project, located initially in Ketchum, Idaho, will help train and support a regional network of community-based “seed stewards” to grow, store and distribute seeds for a wide variety of edible vegetables, grains, herbs, native wildflowers and grasses.

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