Seed School is a groundbreaking educational course that trains people from all walks of life to build local seed systems rooted in the ancient tradition of seed saving. Practiced by farmers and gardeners for thousands of years, seed saving strengthens food security at the community level, empowering people to reclaim control over their food supply. Students walk away from this innovative learning experience with the knowledge and inspiration to start their own independent seed initiatives, such as community seed libraries and exchanges, seed growers cooperatives, heirloom seed businesses, and participatory plant breeding projects.
Seed School is designed to offer a comprehensive yet accessible overview of the history, science, business, and craft of seeds. Appropriate for adults and teens at all skill levels, this course is for gardeners, farmers, chefs, entrepreneurs, NGOs, activists, policymakers and anyone interested in turning the tide on the industrialization of our food system.
With hundreds of graduates around the world, the acclaimed Seed School program is available in a range of courses to suit all specific interests, schedules, and lifestyles—including an online option! If you want a little taste and a reminder of why you should attend Seed School, view the little video below of Bill McDorman.
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Seed School Online is an innovative educational experience that brings our acclaimed Seed School training program to people everywhere. We developed this unique offering as a response to the growing demand for in-depth seed education. Now, students around the world have access to RMSA's empowering and immersive seed learning experience from the comfort of their home!
Seed School Online's primary instructor Bill McDorman has been inspiring people to save seeds for over 30 years. All the resources and support Bill has accumulated through a lifetime of learning and teaching has come together in Seed School Online—and now this knowledge is available to you!
During our 7-week program, you will network with other seed stewards and find your own inspiration. You will hear personal stories of individuals who have transformed their new seed knowledge into action by launching small seed companies, seed libraries, and exchanges.
Seed School Online combines technical guidance, engaging visual content, and hands-on activities in a powerful immersive learning platform. Here's what past participants have to say about this informative and enlightening course:
"This was my first time attending a lecture online, and I wasn't sure what to expect. Seed School Online was so interesting! It gave me lots of new ideas that I can't wait to put to use in my garden. Thanks so much!"
—Renee, Colorado Springs, CO
"Just wanted to say I attended the introductory webinar and wanted you and Bill to know it was very well done. Given I teach at universities and do distance education, I can appreciate what you did. Looking forward to the rest of the course."
—Beth Kersey, Anchorage, AK
Around the world, communities are rallying together to build a more sovereign and secure food system rooted in local seeds. As this movement expands, there is a growing need for educational opportunities that train people to create regional “seed solutions” where they live and support a truly sustainable agriculture.
Seed School in a Day answers this need with a powerful, one-day workshop aimed at shifting the seed paradigm back into the hands of our communities. The program is a condensed version of Seed School, the acclaimed six-day course that has graduated more than 500 students and launched dozens of inspiring local projects worldwide. Created by longtime seed educators Bill McDorman and Belle Starr, the course draws upon 30 years of expertise in seed cultivation, harvesting, cleaning, marketing and distribution.
Following the successes of more than 20 Seed School courses, Seed School in a Day offers a comprehensive overview of seed knowledge available nowhere else. The program covers a wide range of topics spanning the history, science, business, and craft of seeds. Practical, hands-on activities are balanced with engaging lectures to provide a fun and interactive learning experience. Adult and teen participants of all skill levels and backgrounds are welcome to participate in this challenging yet accessible workshop.
Our lead instructors, Bill McDorman and Belle Starr, are co-founders of the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance, former co-directors of the seed conservation group Native Seeds/SEARCH, and passionate seed educators. Special guest instructors may also be present. See individual workshop listings for more details.
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