RMSA is proposing to build the Rocky Mountain Regional Seed Vault at the Sawtooth Botanical Garden in Ketchum, Idaho.
Our goal for this long-term seed storage facility is to provide secure seed backup as a free service to RMSA Seed Stewards, as well as growers, breeders, and seed savers throughout the Mountain West. In addition, the Seed Vault will serve as an outreach and educational center to share RMSA’s work with visitors.
Since starting the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance, we have discovered some remarkable collections of crop diversity being quietly stewarded by passionate seed savers on their farms and homesteads. These priceless gems are uniquely adapted to thrive in our Rocky Mountain communities. They are our seeds—and they must be protected.
This facility will be made available as an added safeguard to ensure the unique seed diversity being stewarded throughout our region is preserved for future generations. We do not intend for the Regional Seed Vault to replace the need for communities and individuals to establish their own secure seed storage and distribution systems.
We are currently seeking funds to assist with the construction of the Regional Seed Vault. An artist's rendering of the future facility is pictured here. If you would like to make a contribution to help RMSA make this vision a reality, please click here. A naming opportunity is still available. Thank you!
To submit seeds to the Rocky Mountain Regional Seed Vault, you must complete an Aquisition Intake form for each seed variety you wish to store with us. Fill out the forms completely and mail them along with your seeds to the address below.
Click here to download an Acquisition Intake form. (Right-click and select "Save target as" on PC; control-click and select "Save link as" on Mac.)
Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance
Attn: Collections Manager
PO Box 4736
Ketchum, ID 83340.