Seed Saving School


Originally posted on antiochcollege.org

Two leading local food educators—the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance (RMSA) and Antioch College—have announced a special session of the acclaimed Seed School educational program this fall. The six-day course will take place September 29 through October 4 on the Yellow Springs, Ohio campus, offering students a dynamic immersion into the history, science, craft, and spirit of seed saving.

Started five years ago by RMSA co-founders Bill McDorman and Belle Starr, Seed School has graduated more than 600 students from around the world and has helped launch dozens of local seed initiatives. With a curriculum designed for all skill and experience levels, Seed School is for farmers, gardeners, seed librarians, educators, and those passionate about local food and seed issues. The collaboration with Antioch College marks an exciting expansion of the course once again into an academic setting (previously they have worked with Hampshire College and University of Montana).

“Three companies own and control 72% of the world’s seeds. Now more than ever we need to get seeds into the hands of people so we can create resilient and sustainable agriculture systems with seeds as the foundation,” stated RMSA Executive Director Bill McDorman.

Facilitating the course will be Vanessa Carter (Resilient Schools Program Director at the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center) and Evan Sofro (RMSA), both recent graduates of RMSA’s Seed School Teacher Training held in April. Additional facilitation will be provided by RMSA Director Bill McDorman and Beth Bridgeman of Antioch College.

To register and learn more about Seed School, visit the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance website at www.rockymountainseeds.org.

Questions and comments should be directed to either Beth Bridgeman (bbridgeman@antiochcollege.org) or Belle Starr (belle@rockymountainseeds.org).