eNewsletter for April 04, 2017
Reflections on the Mountain West Seed Summit
We are still buzzing from the energy and inspiration of the first Mountain West Seed Summit. It was a dizzying effort, but with support from so many, including our Summit partner the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, the conference went off without a hitch!
Around 200 attendees and presenters came together to explore the concept of regional seed hubs linking local seeds and local food producers. We shared ideas, resources, and passion. A key result was the creation of bioregional groups that are now taking steps to create seed hubs in their home communities!
This momentum will continue in the weeks and months to come. RMSA will be playing an active role in the process to keep this work advancing. If you couldn't make the Summit but want to get involved, now is a perfect time. Ride this wave of excitement with us! Click here to explore RMSA's programs, become a Supporting Member, and learn more about ways you can help the local seed movement.
Stay tuned for news of another Mountain West Seed Summit, possibly in 2018!
Photo credits: Seth Roffman
SEED: The Untold Story at the Posner Center, CO
Haven't seen the groundbreaking seed film yet? If you are in the Denver area, you won't want to miss this special screening!
SEED: The Untold Story Film Screening
Presented by Friends of ENCA Farm and RMSA. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with RMSA Executive Director Bill McDorman.
Want to stream the movie at home or buy the DVD? Click here and scroll down to "Host a Screening." Use the code "RMSASEED" to get 10% off of any price—with 30% of the proceeds going to RMSA! If you're interested in screening the film in your community, you can find out how by clicking here.
Plug Into Seed School Online
We've distilled our acclaimed Seed School course into an easy, fun, and informative online format—Seed School Online!
Now you can take Seed School Online as a pre-recorded course for a special low price—just $47!
• 7 modules of in-depth seed knowledge
• Self-paced learning
• Engaging visuals and hands-on activities
Seed School Online is your guided journey into seed saving, with all the nuts and bolts needed to either begin or further your seed adventure! We've designed this course to fit into the schedules of busy—but passionate—people. Even if you already know the basics, you are sure to gain deeper insight and a broader context for your seed work. And it's all backed by a 30-day satisfaction guarantee!
Dive into seed knowledge and help shift the food paradigm. Click here to learn more and get started!
Act Fast for Seed School in a Day – Santa Fe, NM
Following hot on the heels of the Seed Summit, our Seed School in a Day program is coming to Santa Fe. There are only a few remaining spots—so act now if you want to join us!
Sunday, April 23, 2017 (Earth Day Weekend)
Railyard Park Conservancy
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Presented by Santa Fe Master Gardeners and the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance.
Seed School in a Day is a powerful one-day immersion that offers a comprehensive overview of seed saving. Practical, hands-on activities are balanced with engaging lectures to provide a fun and interactive learning experience. Through the workshop, participants will understand why bioregional seed saving is so important, and they will gain the skills necessary to begin their seed saving adventure!
Discounted tuition: $52**
Regular tuition: $65
**Discounts for RMSA Supporting Members (join here). Tuition fee Includes a local sourced (if possible), organic lunch.
Email email@example.com for more information. Course location: 1607 Paseo de Peralta at Guadalupe Street Santa Fe, NM 87505
Wellness and Beyond in Sun Valley, ID
Memorial Day Weekend
RMSA is proud to be partnering with the Sun Valley Wellness Festival in support of Dr. Vandana Shiva's appearance at the event. Dr. Shiva is scheduled to give a talk on Saturday followed by a workshop on Monday.
Seeds will be featured as a topic throughout the festival. On Sunday, local seed experts and advocates will offer a special presentation entitled "What Do Seeds Have to Do with It?"
If you are in the Sun Valley area, we hope to see you at the event!
Seed School Teacher Training – Denver, CO
Looking for a way to share your gifts, knowledge, and passion for seeds with the world? Apply to participate in the next Seed School Teacher Training with RMSA!
Seed School Teacher Training
The Posner Center – Denver, CO
October 1 – 6, 2017
Funding for this program is being provided by the Kalliopeia Foundation. Their mission is to respond to the critical issues of our time by supporting ecological renewal informed by spiritual awareness. We are so proud to count them as one of our key funders.
Once again, the Kalliopeia Foundation has granted funds to provide scholarships for eligible students (They graciously funded our first Training in 2015). If you are committed to a different seed paradigm but finances are preventing you from attending, contact us about a scholarship. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seeds make miracles happen. Amazing news from our friends in Flathead Valley, Montana. Seed School graduate and founder of the Good Seed Company, Robin Kelson, was floored to have 1,900 people show up at her community's 2nd annual Free the Seeds Fair last month. That's 2% of the area's population!
According to Robin, who helped coordinate the event, “Seed School is directly responsible for this and all that’s coming to fruition here. RMSA nurtured a plant that is reseeding itself everywhere!” Read more about the event in this excellent article in the Flathead Beacon.
Robin and friends also unveiled their new county seed library Flathead Grows! at the Governor’s Local Food and AgricuAgriculturet last October. The Good Seed Company team have set the intention to help create a seed exchange/library in every county in Montana by 2020. Talk about motivation. You go, Robin!
Stay Connected with RMSA
For questions regarding seed saving and current seed news, contact Bill McDorman: email@example.com
928-300-7989 | www.rockymountainseeds.org