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Seed School Online Downloadable Course

A comprehensive seed saving internet course (with hands-on)!

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.


The course is presented by Bill McDorman, Executive Director 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 1,000 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.

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.

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