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eNewsletter for June 7, 2016
Local Solutions to Global Issues

philippinesThe tradition of seed saving has been stripped from communities around the world. In the Philippines, this loss has been severe. In addition to cultural erosion of seed knowledge, their national seed bank was destroyed by flooding and a fire in recent years.
Our regional partner Friends of ENCA Farm is doing important work to revitalize seed saving in the Philippines. RMSA has been invited to help train scores of farmers there this November. Through these educational efforts, Filipino farmers are gaining the skills and knowledge to propagate, store, save, and sell their own regionally adapted organic seeds.
You can support this work by making a donation to ENCA's annual Global Giving campaign to benefit organic seed savers in the Philippines. The funds raised will provide ongoing training and capital to help these farmers advance their organic growing efforts. Watch the fundraiser video and give generously!

Back in the USSR (by way of Decorah)
abundanceOur friends at Seed Savers Exchange are famous for many great things. Among them is their annual conference and campout, a soiree that attracts seed-loving people from all corners—even the Rocky Mountains!
At this year's festivities (July 15–17 in Decorah, Iowa) the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance has the honor of being represented with two engaging lectures featuring our director Bill McDorman.
In "Stories from Siberia", Bill will regale us with his travels behind the Iron Curtain in 1989—where he brought back dozens of seeds!
"Who Owns our Seeds?: The Hierarchy of the Seed Industry" will delve into the fascinating history of seed ownership over the past 150 years.
Pie and Politics—Not Your Usual Seed Event

pieWell, you can't have pie without seeds, so it's not that far off! RMSA is honored to be speaking at the Alliance for Sustainability's 20th-annual "Pie and Politics" event in Bayfield, Wisconsin July 19th.

We can't wait to sink our teeth into this one! Come join us for a delicious evening of fresh-baked treats and seedy ideas.


Take Your Pick of Seed School Gems

brettThings are heating up this summer with our Seed School offerings in 2016. We have two excellent Seed School in a Day courses coming up for you. Take your pick and dive in to seed saving!
Seed School in a Day – Ashland, Wisconsin (Just Added!)
Wednesday July 20, 2016
8 am – 4 pm
Following the previous evening's Pie & Politics event, RMSA will host a Seed School in a Day program with talented Seed School graduates leading the way! That night, join us for a screening of SEED: The Untold Story at the Northern Great Lakes Visitors Center. Film starts at 6 pm.
Seed School in a Day – Aurora, Colorado
August 20, 2016
10 am – 6:30 pm
This exciting workshop is presented by RMSA in partnership with Denver Urban Gardens and Friends of ENCA Farm.

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!

Seed Steward Spotlight: Jacob Cowgill

penncordJacob Cowgill is a pioneering farmer in the regional grain movement and a star Seed Steward in our eyes. He and his wife Courtney founded Prairie Heritage Farm based outside of Power, Montana. There they grow heritage and ancient grains like einkorn, Prairie farro, Sonora white wheat—which they deliver to subscribers in their Grainy Day CSA as whole grains and freshly-milled flours!
Jacob attended the first Grain School (then held at Native Seeds/SEARCH in Tucson) and returned as a teacher for the RMSA Grain School session this past January at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. (Stay tuned for another Grain School in 2017 at UCCS!)  In addition to his dedication as a seed educator, Jacob is committed to revitalizing heritage grains and preserving their diversity. 
To Jacob and his family, we offer our hearty thanks and a salute for their outstanding seed stewardship!
RMSA needs you to contribute to this great grain revitalization. Become a Seed Steward and register soon for our Grain Trials Project (below). 

Coming Soon!

Stay tuned for these exciting developments:
  • Grain Trials Project Application: a web-based form to apply as a grower in our heritage grain trialing project.
  • Books We Recommend: RMSA-approved titles from our favorite seedy authors, available through Amazon. A portion of proceeds will benefit RMSA! Take a sneak preview by clicking here. Send RMSA your favorites. 
  • Mountain Seed Summit 2017: This event in Albuquerque will be presented by RMSA in conjunction with the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union to link seed growers and food producers in local food hubs.

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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