Seed School is a groundbreaking, six-day 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 teens and adults 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.
More than 550 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 last February at Seed School, Los Angeles by Christine Peterson, Sacred Ecology Films: Seed School from Sacred Ecology on Vimeo.
Seed School Online is a response to ongoing emails and calls from students everywhere wanting to learn about this important tradition. We get requests weekly to bring Seed School to communities all over the world. Now we can. Since September of 2010, we have graduated more than 600 students in our six-day and one-day Seed School programs plus recently graduated 80 people from our new online Seed School.
Bill McDorman has been inspiring people to save seeds for over 30 years. Just before launching Seed School, he realized he had become the person he was looking for, over 30 years ago. Now all the resources and support Bill was once searching for have come together with Seed School Online and are available to you!
During our 7-week program you will meet other seed stewards and find your own inspiration. You will hear personal stories of individuals who transformed their newly found seed knowledge into small seed companies, seed libraries and exchanges. Technical guidance and hands on experience will have you scurrying to your garden, eager to apply the skills you learn in our online class. What could be more satisfying?
Around the world, communities are rallying together to build a more sovereign and secure food system rooted in local seeds. As this movement expands, there is a growing need for educational opportunities that train people to create regional “seed solutions” where they live and support a truly sustainable agriculture.
Seed School in a Day answers this need with a powerful, one-day workshop aimed at shifting the seed paradigm back into the hands of our communities. The program is a condensed version of Seed School, the acclaimed six-day course that has graduated more than 600 students and launched dozens of inspiring local seed libraries, seed exchanges, regional seed companies and seed projects worldwide. Created by longtime seed educators Bill McDorman and Belle Starr, the course draws upon 30 years of expertise in seed cultivation, harvesting, cleaning, marketing and distribution.
Following the successes of more than 20 Seed School courses, Seed School in a Day offers a comprehensive overview of seed knowledge available nowhere else. The program covers a wide range of topics spanning the history, science, business, and craft of seeds. Practical, hands-on activities are balanced with engaging lectures to provide a fun and interactive learning experience. Adult and teen participants of all skill levels and backgrounds are welcome to participate in this challenging yet accessible workshop.
Our lead instructors, Bill McDorman and Belle Starr, are co-founders of the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance, former co-directors of the seed conservation group Native Seeds/SEARCH, and passionate seed educators. Special guest instructors may also be present. See individual workshop listings for more details.
Interest in Seed School In A Day is growing rapidly. We are planning to present a total of 10 sessions in the coming year in the Rocky Mountain West. If you would like to help sponsor a Seed School In A Day in your community, or have any other questions, send an email to Belle Starr (belle (at) rockymountainseeds.org).