Safety Backup For Our Seeds

RMSA is proposing to build the Rocky Mountain Regional Seed Vault somewhere in the Rocky Mountain West.

RMSA is looking for a location to build a regional seed vault that will serve to protect, preserve and increase the seed diversity found within the western mountain states.  Please contact John Caccia This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss or suggest a secure vault location in your community.

Our goal for this long-term seed storage facility is to provide secure seed backup as a free service to RMSA Seed Stewards, as well as growers, breeders, and seed savers throughout the Mountain West. In addition, the Seed Vault could serve as an outreach and educational center to share RMSA’s work with visitors.

Since starting the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance, we have discovered some remarkable collections of crop diversity being quietly stewarded by passionate seed savers on their farms and homesteads. These priceless gems are uniquely adapted to thrive in our Rocky Mountain communities. They are our seeds—and they must be protected.

This facility will be made available as an added safeguard to ensure the unique seed diversity being stewarded throughout our region is preserved for future generations. We do not intend for the Regional Seed Vault to replace the need for communities and individuals to establish their own secure seed storage and distribution systems.

We are currently seeking funds to assist with the construction of the Regional Seed Vault. An artist's rendering of the future facility is pictured here. If you would like to make a contribution to help RMSA make this vision a reality, please click here. Naming opportunities are still available.  Thank you!

Whenever storing seeds, you should complete an Aquisition Intake Form for each seed variety you wish to store. This insures the proper information and stories are passed on to future generation along with your precious seeds.

Click here to download RMSA's sample Acquisition Intake Form based on forms used at other seed storage facilities.  (Right-click and select "Save target as" on PC; control-click and select "Save link as" on Mac.

For more information and questions about the Rocky Mountain Regional Seed Vault, contact Bill McDorman: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Who We Are

We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening seed and food security in our region.

Our mission is to assure a diverse and abundant supply of seeds for the Rocky Mountain West through networking, education and helping establish community-based models of seed stewardship.



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