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eNewsletter for November 8, 2016

Make Seed History with RMSA at the
Mountain West Seed Summit

March 3 – 4, 2017
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Learn more and register here
After nearly 3 years of educating and organizing seed stewards in our region, RMSA announces the first-ever Mountain West Seed Summit. This unique conference will include fascinating presentations, hands-on activities, and networking opportunities alongside art, music, and more!
A prominent lineup of guest speakers will be present at the Summit—such as local foods author and lecturer Gary Nabhan, indigenous activist Flordemayo (The Path), and the Tesuque Agricultural Initiative’s Emigdio Ballón, to name a few.
Our subtitle for this event is "Honoring Origins and Seeding the Future", and in keeping with this theme our talks and discussion sessions will cover topics ranging from conserving traditional seed practices to launching sustainable seed enterprises. Don't miss this historic opportunity to stand up for seed sovereignty and learn from our seed traditions, both ancient and modern.
First Year Grain Trials Results are Coming In!
Our first year of RMSA's Heritage Grain Trials project is concluding, yielding results from 22 famers, growers, and gardeners. Trials' participant Dustin Stein returned a box of barley with promising results. Dustin declared the Erbe nacktgerste the winner for his trials in Southwest Colorado, yielding 20.6 ounces from just 50 seeds! 
Just think what one and a quarter pound of seed can produce in year two! We’re excited to find out. Of the 20 varieties that Dustin trialed, 12 will continue into his second year trials. 
2017 will initiate another round of trial plantings from our broad seed selection of ancient and regionally appropriate heritage varieites. If you are interested in joining the project as a grower, click here to sign up and learn more.
Another Year, Another Fabulous Grain School
RMSA and the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs are teaming up once again to bring you Grain School. Taking place from January 13 – 15, 2017, this innovative course is an exploration into the world of heritage grains—from breeding, to growing, to creating delicious culinary treats!
For this upcoming session, we will once again have a prestigious lineup of guest presenters. Registration will open soon, so keep checking the RMSA's Grain School webpage for updates or to read more about the course.
Love What RMSA Does? Become a Supporting Member!


We have built a lot together in three years. From the dozens of Seed School graduates across our region to the exciting Heritage Grain Trials project, RMSA's programs are making a powerful impact on strengthening seed security throughout the Mountain West. 
Starting this January, we will begin asking for a small financial contribution along with our memberships. This is a way of supporting RMSA's important work and ensuring it can continue to grow and thrive into the future. We hope you will recognize the impact and value of what we are doing and will want to play a role in helping these efforts succeed.
Seedster's Millions
Seed saving is growing as a movement thanks to information reaching more and more people, such as with the new film SEED: The Untold Story. Now is the moment to seize upon this building energy and momentum with bold ideas and inititatives. 
This is precisely the vision behind RMSA and Collective Eye Films' Million Seed Savers campaign. We are dreaming big and setting a goal of creating one million new seed savers across the United States. And you can join us in this exciting effort!
You don’t have to be an experienced gardener to participate. Learning to save seeds is simpler than you might think! We’ll provide you with helpful resources to get started. All you need is a patch of soil (or garden pot), along with some passion and imagination.
Click here to learn more and join the Million Seed Savers campaign! Together we can reclaim our seed freedom and preserve our legacy of seed saving for future generations.

Calling All Seed Teachers, Far and Wide

Have you graduated from an RMSA Seed School course in the pastwhether it be a Teacher Training, a full weeklong course, or a Seed School in a Day session? Or are you currently teaching seed saving in some capacity in your community?
We are building a directory of Seed Teachers on the RMSA website—and we want to hear from you! This resource will help connect those of you with knowledge to share and people near you seeking a mentor, instructor, or guiding hand in the seed journey.
Click here to be added to the Seed Teachers directory. Thank you for stepping up with your time, energy, and wisdom to create sustainable seed systems where you live!

It's Not Too Late to Watch the Mother Earth News Online Summit!

MENDid you happen to miss the Mother Earth News Online Summit? Don't worry, it's not too late to watch every presentation from over 35 prestigious speakers (including RMSA's Bill McDorman!) in the world of farming, sustainability, and homesteading. 
The Summit producers are offering unlimited access to this viritual learning event. But you'll want to act fast because the price goes up after November 17th. Click here to learn more about gaining LIFETIME ACCESS to this bonanza of information! 
Bill's talk is titled "Saving Seeds to Save Ourselves." Mother Earth News is one of the oldest and most respected institutions of its kind, and we were thrilled to be included in their Online Summit! 

Break New Ground at Biodynamic Association Conference

Tierra Viva: Farming the Living Earth
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Nov 16
 20, 2016
Learn about Biodynamic Principles, Practices and Philosophy and the many ways that biodynamics interface with community, economies, and indigenous ways. Additional conference tracks include Living Soil, Living Water, and Biodynamics and Healing. For more information visit

Dig into Soil Stewardship at Quivira Coalition Conference

QVCRMSA members may be interested in this upcoming conference from the Quivira Coalition:
Lights, Soil, Action!
Quivira Conference

Albuquerque, New Mexico
Nov 9
 11, 2016
Quivira's 15th conference will tackle the urgent question: How can we transform our world by getting regenerative solutions implemented widely and quickly? What are the obstacles? The opportunities? What are we doing wrong? Right? Speakers will offer their answers from diverse perspectives, including agriculture, conservation, policy, science, and advocacy, emphasizing leaders who are making a difference and real-world projects that are scaling up to effective levels.

Click here to learn more and register.

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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