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eNewsletter for April 26, 2016
   
Experience "Radicle Wellness" in Sun Valley, ID
 
seedGet "well" with seed wisdom! RMSA Director Bill McDorman has been invited to speak at the celebrated Sun Valley Wellness Festival. He will be joining a star-studded lineup of visionary thinkers, activists, and artists from Marianne Williamson to MC Yogi!
 
Sun Valley Wellness Festival
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.
 

A Springtime Bounty from UNFI Foundation
 
unfiAbundance is in the air this spring! RMSA is excited to announce that we have received $10,000 in funding from the UNFI Foundation to support our programs in seed education and stewardship.
 
While you may not have heard about UNFI, chances are you've been nourished by them many times. As the nation's leading distributor of organic foods to restaurants and grocery stores, they are a powerful force in shifting our food system away from pesticides and GMOs.
 
This funding will be used to support RMSA's Seed Stewards program and Seed School offerings over the coming year. Our deepest appreciation to UNFI Foundation for helping to increase our seed diversity and spread seed saving knowledge!
 

No Seeds, No Tortillas

localfirstAs a RMSA supporter, you know that a truly local food system begins with locally grown, saved, and shared seeds. In Arizona (where RMSA's directors live), we can sum this up in a simple phrase: No seeds, no tortillas!

Bill and Belle will be sharing this perspective in a presentation at the Food and Farm Finance Forum presented by Local First Arizona. This annual gathering brings together all those working in Arizona's local food system to network, learn, and develop new skills.

May 19–20, 2016
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, Arizona

 

Two Colorado Seed Schools on the Way

Bill_SSWe've got not one but TWO exciting Seed School in a Day offerings coming up for folks in Colorado! See full details below and take your pick of these action and knoweldge-packed one-day workshops.
 
May 14, 2016
Turtle Lake Cafe, Durango, CO
Facilitated by Lee-Ann Hill (RMSA, Laughing Wolf Farm) and Rachel Bennett (Southwest Seed Library).
 
August 20, 2016
Denver Urban Gardens, Aurora, CO
Facilitated by recent Seed School Teacher Training graduate and director of Friends of ENCA Farm Sherry Manning. Presented in partnership with Denver Urban Gardens. Learn more and register here.
 
   
RMSA Heritage Grain Project Breaks Ground
 
grainsImagine local brewers, bakers, and millers in the Rocky Mountain region making fresh artisanal products from locally grown heritage grains. Sound enticing? Well, we are on the way to making this a reality!
 
After our Grain School program at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs this past January, we were deeply inspired by the idea of heirloom wheat, barley, and other staples being grown and used again in our communities. Now, under a partnership with the Arkansas Valley Watershed Grain Project, this exciting vision is taking shape.
 
We've searched out the best varieties going back to the 1920s known to be successful in our region, as well as other varieties that thrive in similar climates. Seed has been sourced from over a dozen seed savers, farms, and seed banks. And we have 28 growers on board (including RMSA Seed Stewards) to perform careful trials of these varieties and increase their quantities. With this project in motion, a heritage grain revival in the Rocky Mountain West is underway!
 
   
Rubbing Elbows with Our Seed Heroes
 
sseIt doesn't get much loftier (or more "down-home") than a soiree at the esteemed Seed Savers Exchange farm! RMSA Directors Bill McDorman and Belle Starr have been invited to give a talk at SSE's 2016 Conference and Campout. Knowledge, abundance, and inspiration are sure to flow freely. 
 
The event takes place from July 15 – 17 in Decorah, Iowa. More details will be coming soon, but in the meantime you can learn more and register at the Seed Savers Exchange website.
 
 
   
Download Seed Wisdom with Seed School Online

corianderCan't wait for Seed School to come to your town? You don't have to! We've distilled the most impactful elements of our standard Seed School curriculum into a concise, but thorough, online learning experience—just for you!

Don't delay—learn more and sign up for Seed School Online today!

Our next round of online sessions begins with two free introductory webinars in August 2016:

Seed Saving Hacked – August 16, 2016
Art of Seed Preservation – August 23, 2016
Seed School Online – September 13, 2016

Click here to learn more about Seed School Online. 

Become an Affiliate: Help promote Seed School Online—and earn up to $60 per registrant from the proceeds! Click here to register.

Stay Connected with RMSAheart_of_idaho

For questions regarding seed saving and current seed news, contact Bill McDorman: bill@rockymountainseeds.org

For questions about seed vaulting or seed libraries, contact John Caccia: 
jc@rockymountainseeds.org

For general inquiries, contact Belle Starr: belle@rockymountainseeds.org

For questions about the Seed Stewards program contact Lee-Ann Hill:
Lee-Ann@rockymountainseeds.org
 

928-300-7989 | www.rockymountainseeds.org

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Ketchum, ID 83340
United States

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