2017 Seed Academy

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@ Seven Seeds Farm

Join the Seed Academy with teachers Don Tipping (Siskiyou Seeds) & Special Guests TBA

An in-depth, hands-on training for farmers, gardeners, educators, entrepreneurs, permaculturalists & anyone interested in becoming a part of the Seed Movement. Learn with the experts. Gain the essential skills you need to harvest & process seed. Learn the fundamentals of plant breeding & propagation. Receive the step-by step tools, strategies & inspired vision required to start or upgrade a seed business. Meet & network with your bioregional neighbors to optimize results.  Seed Academy’s mission is to increase network capacity, collaboration & synergy in the Seed Freedom Movement in the Rogue Bioregion & beyond. Co-sponsored by O.S.U. Extension.

WHEN: The 5 day Event begins Wednesday, May 3 @ 9 am and runs through Sunday, May 7 at 4pm.  The event is 9:30am through 6pm with dinner to follow and a more open, salon type format after dinner.

WHAT: We invite you to join us for a 5 day intensive training in seed saving, basic botany, reproductive biology in plants, understanding selection, planting seeds, soil mixes, seed germination, isolation, crossing, seed libraries, seed storage, germination tests and much more.  Don Tipping is the lead instructor who brings 20 years experience in organic farming, seeds, permaculture and enthusiastic on-farm education.  Rowen White founder of Sierra Seeds and leader in the indigenous food sovreignity movement will be joining us for the first half of the course.  The first day (Wednesday, 5/3) is field trip to a number of seed farms in the Applegate valley with tours by their farmers.  This can be taken as a stand alone, one day event.  (Please select this option when registering on the Eventbrite page)

WHO: Gardeners, farmers, permaculturalists , those interested in starting a neighborhood seed library or seed bank, those interested in stewarding and preserving heirloom varieties, and all who see growing and saving seed as a wonderful way to grow a positive future. No prior experience is necessary, however, some gardening familiarity will be helpful.

HOW: Course Fee of $700 includes delicious organic meals from the farm, camping, showers, instruction, handouts, field trips and a deeply nourishing dive into co-creating regenerative culture.  In order to support local growers who envision themselves becoming part of a local seed production network we are offering a Locals (Cascadia Bioregion) discount $600.

SCHOLARSHIPS: Thanks to the generous support of donors to our recent Indiegogo Campaign we have 4 full scholarships available.  Please send an email sharing a bit about why attending this course will benefit your journey to become a seed steward to don@siskiyouseeds.com to apply.

VISION: The journey with connecting more deeply with seeds as a source point of life begins with seed saving, then progresses to seed growing on a farm or garden preservation scale.  The master level is seed stewardship, cultivating a deep relationship with the species and all of its potential for bioregional adaptation to climate, pests, disease and agronomic & culinary preferences.

We visualize interconnected seed production hubs that are capable of doing breeding, selection, and improvement that work with bioregional centers that can do finish cleaning, climate controlled storage, marketing and distribution of high quality, open-pollinated organic seeds.  In this way we can co-create a sustainable seed system that will support organic food production for local markets and resilient local food systems.  Seven Seeds Farm is home to the Family Farmers Seed Cooperative which is a farmer owned and operated organic seed production, breeding and distribution enterprise.

Register through EventBrite by clicking link Here

email soulfood72@gmail.com for more info

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Seed School Teacher Training -April 19th-24, 2015

at Onsen Farm near Buhl, Idaho

With Bill McDorman, Belle Starr, Benjamin Fahrer & Don Tipping

Learn skills and strategies to become a seed educator in your community!  (Scholarships and some travel funding available.)

New Dates:  April 19–24, 2015
Onsen Farm, Buhl, Idaho

RMSA is excited to offer a very special “teacher training” edition of our acclaimed Seed School program. During this six-day course, participants will gain a deep understanding of ancient seed saving practices alongside leadership development training to empower them as community seed leaders. This unique opportunity is limited to 15 students and available by application only.

We recognize the great potential that exists today to advance the regional seed movement through the sharing of seed knowledge. If you are passionate about seeds and wish to play an active role in this powerful grassroots movement, we encourage you to apply! This course is made possible by a generous grant from an anonymous donor. Scholarships and some travel funds are available to those in financial need.

Click here to download an application.

The deadline to turn in applications is Friday, February 20th. Applicants will be contacted by Monday, February 23rd with a decision.

Course Details

RMSA’s Seed School Teacher Training course is based on our standard Seed School curriculum and will offer its customary seed saving program as a foundation. In addition, participants will be trained in leadership skills and strategies specially tailored for community seed education. Students will learn from our experienced instructors how to deliver a powerful seed saving lecture or multi-hour workshop rooted in ancient seed traditions and modern science. As local seed leaders, graduates from this program will be able to confidently and effectively impart this powerful knowledge using all the best techniques we have developed through teaching more than 20 Seed Schools nationwide.

Following the training, students will be required to present two educational events (seed saving lectures or courses) in their communities within a year. Our intention is to rapidly increase seed literacy, diversity, and resiliency at the local level, with a special focus on communities in the Rocky Mountain West. The impacts from this training will be exponential: 15 students presenting two lectures or workshops to 10 attendees each will create 300 new seed stewards in a year’s time. Through this “viral” model of seed education and awareness, we can quickly advance the grassroots seed movement and ensure greater seed sovereignty in our region and beyond.

This course will be facilitated by Bill McDorman and Belle Starr (Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance), Benjamin Fahrer (Permaculture Artisans), and special guest Don Tipping (Siskiyou Seeds, Seven Seeds Farm).

Topics include: genetics, botany, breeding, harvesting, and more.

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Location

We are excited to be hosting this training at Onsen Farm in Buhl, Idaho. Situated at the heart of one of the world’s great seed-producing regions, Onsen Farm is a five acre, permaculture-based farm that is home to several stunning greenhouses and geothermal hot springs for your soaking pleasure. This will be our third Seed School at this location, and it is a truly special and beautiful place to learn, explore, and unwind.

Onsen Farm
4799 B River Road
Buhl, ID 83316

Price

Early Bird Tuition (by March 20th): $600

Full Tuition (after March 20th): $700

Tuition fees include a fresh, local organic breakfast, lunch, and snacks each day. A $200 deposit is required to reserve your place. All payments must be completed by Friday, April 10th, unless other arrangements have been made. Scholarships and travel stipends are available depending on need. Payment instructions will be provided once RMSA has approved your application.

Click here to download an application.

Lodging

Housing costs will be covered by students (ranging from $20—$45 a night). The Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance will rent houses locally and payments will be made directly to us once we secure housing. Limited camping may be available. We recommend students plan on staying from Saturday, April 18th through Saturday, April 25th, unless coming from somewhere close to Buhl, Idaho.

For more information, email belle (at) rockymountainseeds.org


Seed School FAQ

What can I expect at Seed School and what will I be able to do after the training?

Seed School will prepare you for any track you choose having to do with seed saving. You will come away from the course with knowledge on the basics of seed saving, genetics, processing, harvesting, and growing. You will also learn about the global seed situation and the growing movement to take back control of our seeds bio regionally.

You will be proficient and confident enough to start a seed-growing project, continue or enhance an already established growing operation, start a seed library, organize a seed exchange, explore a seed business model, teach or simply save some seeds from your backyard garden.

You should expect to be inspired, empowered and greatly informed by Seed School. There is an ongoing mix of hands on, experiential, and integrative activities. Power Point is used sparingly to anchor in key elements of the course. Students have access to all teaching materials to help them take their next steps after they leave the course. One other important aspect of the week-long program is the camaraderie and deep connections made with other seed lovers. Often students describe feeling a sense of “coming home” at Seed School or feeling relieved to find others as concerned and moved by the magic of seeds as they are.

What do I need to bring to Seed School?

Bring an array of clothing for warm days and cool nights. There are hot springs pools and tubs around the property so if appropriate for your comfort level please bring a bathing suit. Soaking is swimsuit optional. Bring comfortable shoes for walking and our treks back and forth from the greenhouses. Having a water bottle with you would be handy, also the usual array of things you would bring for a course you are taking would be helpful: pen, paper, laptop if that is your preference and any other items to assist your learning (camera or iPhone).

Where will I stay and how much will it cost?

We will rent houses for our students close to Onsen Farm. Cost will be around $40 per night. We won’t know exactly how much until we have our final count of students. There may be some floor space (less expensive) and bedrooms that can be shared (queen with someone on the floor) or couch space. There is camping at Miracle Hot Springs a few miles away for $10 a night. If enough people want to camp there, we can rent a dome and it will be cheaper. Generally students pool resources and cook dinners at the rental houses. Food in town lacks greatly.

What about breakfast and lunch?

Seed School covers breakfast, a delicious local, organic lunch and snacks. There may be opportunities for you to purchase greens from Onsen Farm, our host.

Where is the classroom and what is it like?

The class is situated in a hexagonal shaped building located on the Farm. Chairs are plastic. We will have cafeteria type tables on which to work. “Moon,” as we call this wonderful building, is a shoes-off home.

What are the hours of Seed School and when should I plan to arrive and leave?

We start on Sunday evening at 4pm with a light supper and a fun, ice-breaker, orientation type evening until around 8pm. During the day, we will start at 9:30am and end at 5:30pm. On Wednesday we will probably take a field trip and may rouse everyone a little earlier for our trip. Class wraps on Friday but we ask students to stay until Saturday so we have ample time for our Friday graduation and celebration in the evening if that is what everyone wants to do.

What city should I fly into if taking a flight?

Boise will be cheaper and faster to get to. Twin Falls is actually closer but not as convenient in terms of flights. If coming to Boise, we can help with ground transportation provided you plan on coming in on Saturday, April 11th. If you arrive in Twin Falls, we could help on Sunday as long as we have plenty of time to get you back to the site by no later than 4pm. Twin Falls is approximately 45 minutes away. Boise is two hours away.

http://www.rockymountainseeds.org/attend/seed-school-teacher-training

Join us for a very special Seed School—with hot springs!

November 2–7, 2014
Onsen Farm, Buhl, Idaho

Special guests include Don Tipping from Siskiyou Seeds, Seven Seeds Farm and the Seed Academy and Cindy Conner, author of SEED LIBRARIES, and other means of keeping seeds in the hands of the people. Come soak and learn in this beautiful setting in Southern Idaho, one of the world’s great seed-producing regions. Last year’s Seed School at Onsen Farm sold out—don’t wait to book your space!

Facilitated by Bill McDorman and Belle Starr (Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance), Don Tipping (Seven Seeds Farm, Seed Academy), and special guest instructors.

Topics include: genetics, botany, breeding, harvesting, and more. Full course details are available here.

Tuition: $700.

A $200 deposit is required to reserve your spot. Tuition fees include a fresh, local organic lunch and snacks each day.

Pay online or call 928.300.7989.

Click here to register for this exciting course!

Course location:
Onsen Farm
4799 B River Road
Buhl, ID 83316

For more information, email belle (at) rockymountainseeds.org

FAQ’s

What can I expect at Seed School and what will I be able to do after the training?

Seed School will prepare you for any track you choose having to do with seed saving. You will come away from the course with knowledge on the basics of seed saving, genetics, processing, harvesting, and growing. You will also learn about the global seed situation and the growing movement to take back control of our seeds bio regionally.

You will be proficient and confident enough to start a seed-growing project, continue or enhance an already established growing operation, start a seed library, organize a seed exchange, explore a seed business model, teach or simply save some seeds from your backyard garden.

You should expect to be inspired, empowered and greatly informed by Seed School. There is an ongoing mix of hands on, experiential, and integrative activities. Power Point is used sparingly to anchor in key elements of the course. Students have access to all teaching materials to help them take their next steps after they leave the course. One other important aspect of the week-long program is the camaraderie and deep connections made with other seed lovers. Often students describe feeling a sense of “coming home” at Seed School or feeling relieved to find others as concerned and moved by the magic of seeds as they are.

 

What do I need to bring to Seed School?

Bring an array of clothing however it will probably be pretty cold in Buhl. Average daytime temps could be around 50. There are hot springs pools and tubs around the property so if appropriate for your comfort level please bring a bathing suit. Soaking is swimsuit optional. Bring comfortable shoes for walking and our treks back and forth from the greenhouses. Having a water bottle with you would be handy, also the usual array of things you would bring for a course you are taking would be helpful: pen, paper, laptop if that is your preference and any other items to assist your learning (camera or Iphone).

 

Where will I say and how much will it cost?

We will rent houses for our students close to Onsen Farm. Cost will be around $40 per night. We won’t know exactly how much until we have our final count of students. There may be some floor space (less expensive) and bedrooms that can be shared (queen with someone on the floor) or couch space. There is camping at Miracle Hot Springs a few miles away for $10 a night. If enough people want to camp there, we can rent a dome and it will be cheaper. Generally students pool resources and cook dinners at the rental houses. Food in town lacks greatly.

What about breakfast and lunch?

Seed School covers breakfast, a delicious local, organic lunch and snacks. There may be opportunities for you to purchase greens from Onsen Farm, our host.

 

Where is the classroom and what is it like?

The class is situated in a hexagonal shaped building located on the Farm. Chairs are plastic. We will have cafeteria type tables on which to work. “Moon” as we call this wonderful building is a shoes off home.

 

What are the hours of Seed School and when should I plan to arrive and leave?

We start on Sunday evening at 4pm with a light supper and a fun, ice-breaker, orientation type evening until around 8pm. During the day, we will start at 9:30am and end at 5:30pm. On Wednesday we will probably take a field trip and may rouse everyone a little earlier for our trip. Class wraps on Friday but we ask students to stay until Saturday so we have ample time for our Friday graduation and celebration in the evening if that is what everyone wants to do.

 

What city should I fly into if taking a flight?

Boise will be cheaper and faster to get to. Twin Falls is actually closer but not as convenient in terms of flights. If coming to Boise, we can help with ground transportation provided you plan on coming in on Saturday the 1st.   If you arrive in Twin Falls, we could help on Sunday as long as we have plenty of time to get you back to the site by no later than 4pm. Twin Falls is approximately 45 minutes away. Boise is two hours away.

 

What kind of financial arrangements do I need to make?

A $200 deposit is required to reserve your spot. Remaining regular tuition of $500 is required no later than Friday, October 24th unless other arrangements have been made.

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The Seed Academy, September 10-14, 2014

 REGISTER BY CLICKING HERE

Join the Seed Academy with master teachers Don Tipping (Siskiyou Seeds) , Bill McDorman (Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance) & Special Guests
Seven Seeds Farm • Williams, OR    –  September 10-14, 2014
An in-depth, hands-on training for farmers, gardeners, educators, entrepreneurs, permaculturalists & anyone interested in becoming a part of the Seed Movement. Learn with the experts. Gain the essential skills you need to harvest & process seed. Learn the fundamentals of plant breeding & propagation. Receive the step-by step tools, strategies & inspired vision required to start or upgrade a seed business. Meet & network with your bioregional neighbors to optimize results.  Seed Academy’s mission is to increase network capacity, collaboration & synergy in the Seed Freedom Movement in the Rogue Bioregion & beyond. Co-sponsored by O.S.U. Extension.

WHEN: The 5 day Event begins Wednesday, September 10 and runs through September 14 at 4pm.  The event is 9:30am through 6pm with dinner to follow and a more open, salon type format after dinner.

WHAT: We invite you to join us for a 5 day intensive training in seed saving, basic botany, reproductive biology in plants, understanding selection, planting seeds, soil mixes, seed germination, isolation, crossing, seed libraries, seed storage, germination tests and much more.  Don Tipping is the lead instructor who brings 20 years experience in organic farming, seeds, permaculture and enthusiastic on-farm education.

WHO: Gardeners, farmers, permaculturalists , those interested in starting a neighborhood seed library or seed bank, those interested in stewarding and preserving heirloom varieties, and all who see growing and saving seed as a wonderful way to grow a positive future. No prior experience is necessary, however, some gardening familiarity will be helpful.

HOW: Course Fee of $775 includes delicious organic meals from the farm, camping, showers, instruction, handouts, field trips and a deeply nourishing dive into co-creating regenerative culture.  In order to support local growers who envision themselves becoming part of a local seed production network we are offering a Locals discount $650.

VISION: The journey with connecting more deeply with seeds as a source point of life begins with seed saving, then progresses to seed growing on a farm or garden preservation scale.  The master level is seed stewardship, cultivating a deep relationship with the species and all of its potential for bioregional adaptation to climate, pests, disease and agronomic & culinary preferences.

We visualize interconnected seed production hubs that are capable of doing breeding, selection, and improvement that work with bioregional centers that can do finish cleaning, climate controlled storage, marketing and distribution of high quality, open-pollinated organic seeds.  In this way we can co-create a sustainable seed system that will support organic food production for local markets and resilient local food systems.  Seven Seeds Farm is home to the Family Farmers Seed Cooperative which is a farmer owned and operated organic seed production, breeding and distribution enterprise.

Click HERE for a link to Event Bee to register and reserve your space in this watershed event.  We expect it to fill to capacity of 25 participants. http://www.eventbee.com/v/seedacademyfall2014

SEPTEMBER 10-14, 2014

 

 

Seven Seeds Farm
3220 East Fork Rd. – Williams
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bio for Don Tipping:

Don Tipping has been offering hands on, practical workshops at Seven Seeds Farm since 1997.  We are a small, organic family farm in the Siskiyou Mountains of SW Oregon, situated at 2,000 feet elevation on a 7,000 tall forested mountain with rushing spring fed creeks flowing through the land and nestled among old growth forests.

Here we produce fruits, vegetables, seeds, wool, eggs, and lamb.  The farm has been designed to function as a self-contained, life regenerating organism with waste products being recycled and feeding other elements of the system.  Lauded as one of the best examples of a small productive Biodynamic and Permaculture farms in the northwest, Seven Seeds helps to mentor new farmers through internships and workshops. We have produced certified organic vegetable, flower and herb seeds for over a dozen national scale seed companies.  Seven Seeds has also been active in USDA Western SARE, Organic Seed Alliance and other seed initiatives to advance the development of open pollinated organic seeds.   In 2009 we began Siskiyou Seeds, a bioregional organic seed company operated from the home farm.  Don helped to found the Siskiyou Sustainable Cooperative which manages a 150 share CSA, commercial seed growing, an equipment co-op and internship curriculum among 12 cooperating farms.  He also co-founded the Family Farmers Seed Cooperative, a seed grower, marketing and distribution cooperative comprised of 10 western organic farms.

Don helps people focus upon helping people build their skill sets in sustainable life skills such as permaculture, biodynamics, organic gardening, eco-forestry, seed saving and other traditional arts that help to build regenerative culture.

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