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eNewsletter for May 19, 2016
Have a "Peak" Seed Experience at Mountain Seed School!

penncordSeed School just ascended to another level! Join RMSA for this rough-and-tumble adventure into extreme seed saving—in the stunning Wet Mountains of Colorado.
Mountain Seed School
Westcliffe, CO
September 11 – 16, 2016
$650 Early Bird Tution, by August 1
$750 Regular Tuition
$75 camping for the week (first come, first served)
Includes all local, organic meals! 
You will learn from expert mountain seed savers Penn and Cord Parmenter how to grow, save, and wildcraft seeds at elevations of over 8,000 feet! These are two of the most passionate seed people you'll ever meet—and this Seed School is sure to be a "peak" experience you'll never forget.
Special guest instructor: Panayoti Kelaidis, Alpine plant speciialist and Outreach Coordinator with the Denver Botanic Gardens. Don't miss this unique offering specially tailored for seed savers in our mountain region!

Dig in to RMSA's Abundant Online Resources
abundanceThere is so much abundance in our seed resources here in the Rocky Mountain West! The challenge lies in finding these resources—for example, seed libraries, small seed companies, and fellow seed savers—so we can tap into and share this abundance.
We are excited to announce new searchable directories available on the RMSA website to make this process easier. Under the Resources tab, you'll find menus to search for Community Seed Libraries and Seed Stewards in your area. You can also browse our listing of small, bioregional Seed Companies and organizations serving the Rocky Mountain West.
Stay tuned for more developments as we continue to add interactive features and directories like these. And please help spread the word about these invaluable resources for our region. Seed abundance is at our fingertips!
Seeds are the Source of True Wellness
bill&marianneWhat do spiritual teacher Marianne Williamson and RMSA Director Bill McDorman have in common? For one thing, both of them know that the path to enlightenment (you might say, spiritual "wellness") starts with a connection to source.
For us at RMSA, that "source" is epitomized in a seed—the miraculous life-energy, wisdom, and nourishing connection to the earth that we all depend on. If this line of thought rings true for you, then you won't want to miss Bill, Marianne, and a brilliant lineup of visionary speakers at the celebrated Sun Valley Wellness Festival. This gathering takes place in Sun Valley, Idaho from May 27–30, 2016.
Bill's talk is entitled "Radicle Wellness", after the tiny roots (radicles) that burst forth from a germinated seed. Learn more about his presentation and the full event here.

Seed Steward Spotlight: Brett Stevenson

brettBrett Stevenson is one of RMSA's stalwart Seed Stewards blazing a trail for a new seed paradigm. Her family has been farming in the Bellevue Triangle area of southern Idaho for over 40 years.
They’ve been growing the same few malt barley varieties used to brew beer, but Brett is excited by the possibility of incorporating heritage grain varieties that may offer new characteristics like flavors, colors, and added nutritional values.
“I think in recent decades we have lost some of these characteristics in favor of high yields and consistency. It's really exciting to see craft distillers and brewers, and consumers in general have an increased interest in unique and heritage grains,” she says.
Brett has stepped up as a key player in RMSA’s grain trials project to create a heritage grain economy in the Rocky Mountain West. Her vision and passion for this work is truly inspiring!
Photo: Brett Stevenson and family (Brett is on bottom right, with her neice).

Gardening Webinar from Urban Farm U

webinarOur Seed School Online partner Greg Peterson of Urban Farm U has an upcoming educational webinar on June 1st  that you won't want to miss! 
During this webinar you will:
  • Improve your family’s health
  • Save money on groceries
  • Reduce your environmental impact
  • Enjoy better tasting food, free of chemicals and pesticides
We highly recommend this informative offering from Urban Farm U! Click here to learn more.

Stay Connected with RMSAheart_of_idaho

For questions regarding seed saving and current seed news, contact Bill McDorman:

For questions about seed vaulting or seed libraries, contact John Caccia:

For general inquiries, contact Belle Starr:

For questions about the Seed Stewards program contact Lee-Ann Hill:

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