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Seed School

Seed School

Seed School is a groundbreaking educational course that trains people from all walks of life to build local seed systems rooted in the ancient tradition of seed saving. Practiced by farmers and gardeners for thousands of years, seed saving strengthens food security at the community level, empowering people to reclaim control over their food supply. Students walk away from this innovative learning experience with the knowledge and inspiration to start their own independent seed initiatives, such as community seed libraries and exchanges, seed growers cooperatives, heirloom seed businesses, and participatory plant breeding projects.

Seed School is designed to offer a comprehensive yet accessible overview of the history, science, business, and craft of seeds. Appropriate for adults and teens at all skill levels, this course is for gardeners, farmers, chefs, entrepreneurs, NGOs, activists, policymakers and anyone interested in turning the tide on the industrialization of our food system.

With hundreds of graduates around the world, the acclaimed Seed School program is available in a range of courses to suit all specific interests, schedules, and lifestyles—including an online option! If you want a little taste and a reminder of why you should attend Seed School, view the little video below of Bill McDorman.

Interest in Seed School is growing rapidly. To meet the demand and help further the local seed movement far and wide, we have taken the course on the road with a series of National Seed School sessions. If you would like to bring Seed School to your community, send an email to Belle Starr.

Sacred Ecology on Vimeo.

More than 1,000 people from around the world have graduated from this powerful and successful program over the past 4 years.  Watch this short 4 minute video filmed at Seed School, Los Angeles by Christine Peterson, Sacred Ecology Films

Seed School – Denver, CO

October 20 – 25, 2019 Posner Center, Denver, Colorado Expand your seed saving knowledge and skills at an inspiring six-day Seed School—with a Teacher Training twist! Presented by Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance (RMSA) and Global Seed Savers

With more than 1,000 graduates around the world, Seed School is a pioneering course that is helping shape the local seed and food movements far and wide. RMSA’s Seed School program teaches students how to advance their seed saving knowledge through an engaging, experiential educational program rooted in traditional practices.

We are ecstatic that two well-known seed keepers will be facilitating at Seed School: Rowen White, of Sierra Seeds and the Indigenous Seed Keepers Network, and Don Topping, of Siskyiou Seeds and RMSA Board Member. We are thrilled they will be contributing their expertise to expanding seed knowledge!

More About Seed School

People everywhere are waking up to the vital importance of seeds for our future. With the unsustainable practices of industrial farming on the rise and our precious crop diversity disappearing, a new paradigm of seed growing, saving, and sharing is necessary. We believe the best hope for an ecologically sustainable agriculture is to build a broad network of regional seed systems brimming with abundance and diversity. To answer this need, we created Seed School. Real, meaningful change in our food system begins here!


“Unique, innovative, and necessary! Seed School fills in a gaping hole in the sustainable agriculture landscape.”

Toby Hemenway, author of Gaia’s Garden

“I learned more about what is real in a week at Seed School than I did in four years of college!”

Jesse DeMoss — New Meadows, Idaho

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