Seed School


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.

Explore our diverse Seed School offerings:

Seed School (6-Day Immersion Course)

Seed School in a Day (1-Day Workshop)

Grain School

Seed School Online

If you would like to bring Seed School to your community, send an email to Belle Starr (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


Seed School Teacher Training – Denver, CO

Learn skills and strategies to become a seed educator/activist in your community!

October 1 – 6, 2017
Posner Center, Denver, Colorado

Presented by Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance (RMSA), Friends of ENCA Farm, and Denver Urban Gardens (DUG)

With more than 800 graduates around the world, Seed School is a pioneering course that is helping shape the local seed and food movements far and wide. Seed School Teacher Training builds on the foundations of Seed School and will empower students to take the next steps in transferring seed knowledge to communities via educational models to exponentially increase bio-regional seed literacy.

Seed School – Denver, CO

Join us for a very special Seed School at the magnificent Denver Botanic Gardens!

April 2 – April 7, 2017
Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver, Colorado

With nearly 900 graduates around the world, Seed School is a groundbreaking educational course that is helping shape the local seed and food movements far and wide. This exciting collaboration with Denver Botanic Gardens is a long-awaited pairing of two pioneering, seed-focused organizations that promises to be an epic, life-changing week. Come experience Seed School amidst the beauty of one of the country's top botanical gardens!


Grain School A Great Success!

Locally grown and milled grains are the missing component in many regional food systems.

To inspire a revival of localized grain economies across the Rocky Mountain West, RMSA teamed up with the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS) for a powerful educational course focused on changing this paradigm. Grain School trained and empowered people to once again grow, mill, bake, brew and steward heritage grains in their communities.

About Seed School

People everywhere are waking up to the vital importance of seeds for our future.

With the unsustainable practices of industrial farming on the rise and our precious crop diversity disappearing, a new paradigm of seed growing, saving, and sharing is necessary. We believe the best hope for an ecologically sustainable agriculture is to build a broad network of regional seed systems brimming with abundance and diversity. To answer this need, we created Seed School. Real, meaningful change in our food system begins here!


Seed School Short Films



Short videos to convince you to attend Seed School

The first is a four minute video filmed at Seed School Teacher Training 2015 in Los Angeles by Christine Peterson, Sacred Ecology Films:



Seed School from Sacred Ecology on Vimeo.


Bill McDorman expaining why you should attend Seed School at the "Leap What You Sow" Producers Conference, Tucson, Arizona


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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