Never Buy Seeds Again Online Downloadable Course

A comprehensive seed saving internet course offered by our friends at The Urban Farm!

Seven, self-paced, pre-recorded webinars to get you started on your journey to become a seed citizen.

“Seed School has been the most effective short training ramp-up for seed librarians, seed bankers, and small seed micro-enterprise startups of any initiative in the last two decades.”

Dr. Gary Nabhan, author and Kellogg Endowed Chair: Southwest Center, University of Arizona.


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!

The course is presented by Bill McDorman, co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance. Bill operated his own bio-regional seed company, Seeds Trust, High Altitude Gardens, for 28 years. He has been teaching seed saving for more than 30 years and is recognized as one of the most inspirational and influential educators in the movement.  In 2010, Bill and his wife Belle started Seed School, a six-day immersion into the world of seeds.  Seed School and its offspring, Seed School In A Day, Seed School Teacher Training, Grain School and Seed School Online have now graduated more than 2,000 students worldwide.  This new online program incorporates all we have learned in the past 6 years so students can quickly translate the knowledge into practice.

Cleaning Seeds

This course is for backyard gardeners, CSA growers, market farmers, people who love to eat, students, activists and anyone else interested in reconnecting with the ancient tradition of seed saving.

During the 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

Seed School Online is produced in partnership with Urban Farm University.  Clicking the Register Now button will take you to the Urban Farm website.

What you get:

  • 7 prerecorded online classes + one bonus program
  • Membership to the Private Seed School Facebook Group with over 300 members
  • Monthly LIVE Q & A sessions with Bill McDorman (starting March 2017)
  • Weekly downloadable resources
  • Seed School Online Membership Site Access
  • Basic Seed Saving pdf by Bill McDorman

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Course Syllabus

Lecture One
The Spirit, Magic and Power of Seeds

Lecture Two
History and Structure of the Modern Seed Industry
Basic Terms

Lecture Three
Intro to Mendel’s Genetics
Selection and Evaluation

Lecture Four

Lecture Five
Germination Testing

Lecture Six
Wild Seed
Collection Rules
Collection Techniques

Lecture Seven
Seed Enterprises
Seed Exchanges
Seed Libraries
Small Seed Businesses