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eNewsletter for May 7, 2019


A Special Seed School in Prescott, AZ

ssiadHere comes another Seed School in Prescott, Arizona with our great partner, Slow Food Prescott.

Thanks to underwriting from the Center for Biological Diversity, Slow Food members and educators can benefit from this training for only $15!

Seed School in a Day
Skyview School – Prescott, Arizona
Sunday, May 19, 2019

$32 for RMSA members, educators, & Slow Food members
$40 for non-members

Seed School in a Day is a powerful, one-day workshop aimed at shifting the seed paradigm back into the hands of our communities. This training offers a comprehensive overview of seed knowledge covering the history, science, business, and craft of seeds.

Learn more and register here.


Immerse Yourself in the Fresh Flour Movement

grainsJoin us for a two-day immersion in heritage grains at this special Grain School!

Grain School
Friday & Saturday, July 26-27, 2019
Albuquerque Museum – Albuquerque, NM

Presented in partnership with SeedBroadcast and Garden’s Edge

Reconnect with ancient grain traditions and collaborate with others interested in growing, brewing, baking, and marketing heritage grains. Learn what happened to our past efforts in heritage grain production, why this changed, and what we can do to now to recreate this essential component of our local food system. Best of all, you will eat while you learn—so bring your appetite for delicious, freshly milled snacks and meals!

Here’s what a participant had to say about a recent Grain School workshop:

As a North African woman, it both breaks my heart and gives me goosebumps to see a rekindling of ancient grain traditions. Grain School (Cottonwood, AZ) has been educational, emotional and flavorful, but also a reckoning with our ancestors and traditions.

—Sara El Sayed, Doctoral Student, Arizona State University


A Week of Seed Knowledge—Plus Teacher Training!

ssttIf you’ve been waiting for an opportunity to attend a full residential Seed School, here is your opportunity to take a deep dive into the world of seeds!
This special offering includes Teacher Training components to build capacity for seed education and leadership, empowering students to share what they've learned in their communities and increase bioregional seed literacy.
Seed School with a Teacher Training Twist
October 20 – 25, 2019
Posner Center, Denver, Colorado
Presented in partnership with Global Seed Savers
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to experience the full Seed School curriculum along with specialized seed educator training. Become a change agent and help advance the local seed movement where you live!
Partial scholarships available to economically disadvantaged students from underserved areas. Email 

Happy Birthday to RMSA!

bdayWhat a milestone we have reached together! Five years ago, the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance was formed with the mission to revive seed-saving traditions in the Mountain West.

Thanks to hundreds of passionate and dedicated supporters like you, we’ve made much progress toward this goal. Take a look at a few of the amazing achievements you have made happen:

  • Recruited 327 Seed Stewards to commit to saving seed from at least one crop
  • Inspired 102 Heritage Grain Trialists to grow and save seed from 200 varieties of ancient grains
  • Graduated 812 Seed School students and 108 Seed Teachers
  • Hosted the Mountain West Seed Summit with more than 220 participants worldwide

We have come a long way in a short time, and this is just the beginning. Today our work is stronger—and more inspiring—than ever.

Whether you are a Seed School graduate, a Seed Teacher, a home gardener, or just a seed believer, you are an integral part of this movement. Thank you!

Help RMSA continue for another 5 years—and beyond! Make a tax-deductible gift today to ensure locally grown and saved seeds are the foundation of our region’s food system. To celebrate our fifth year, we are encouraging supporters to donate $5 a month. If everyone in our network made this contribution, RMSA would be fully funded every year! Thank you.

Stay Connected with RMSAheart_of_idaho

For questions regarding seed saving and current seed news, contact Bill McDorman:

For questions about seed vaulting or seed libraries, contact John Caccia:

For general inquiries, contact Belle Starr:

For questions about the Seed Stewards or Grain Trials programs, contact Lee-Ann Hill:

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Mancos, CO 81328
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