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Why Seed School Online?

Seed School Online will unearth the hierarchy of the modern seed industry.
 
Have you wondered if the seed companies we buy from actually grow their own seeds?
 
How do you find the best local company that can start you on your seed saving adventure with good open-pollinated seed stock?
 
What is your responsibility? How do we become good seed citizens?
 
Seed School Online is a response to ongoing emails and calls from gardeners everywhere wanting to learn about this important tradition.
 
For decades, Bill has gotten weekly requests to bring Seed School to communities all over the world.
 
Now, Urban Farm U has teamed up with Bill to make this a reality.
 
30 years ago, Bill searched high and low for the resources and support systems people needed to learn how to save seeds. He soon realized that it just wasn't out there yet, and decided to dedicate his life to creating them on his own, inspiring others to save seeds along the way. 
 
Now, all the resources and support Bill was once searching for have come together with Seed School Online and are available to you! 
 
Since September of 2010, Bill and his wife Belle have graduated over 600 students in their six-day and one-day Seed School programs, plus have graduated over 100 people from our Seed School Online program.
 
During our 7-class program you will meet other seed stewards and find your own inspiration. 
 
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?

Here's What You'll Get:

1. Seven prerecorded online classes
 
Here's what we cover each week:
 
Classes 1 & 2: The Spririt, Magic and Power of Seeds /  
The History and Structure of the Modern Seed Industry

In order to understand why seeds are so important, we need to start at the beginning. By reviewing the global history and circumstances surrounding seeds we can evaluate where we hope to be in the future.
 
Once the context for the seed movement and the patenting of these tiny gems of life is understood, you will recognize the real issues we are encountering with our current farming and food systems.
 

Class 3:  Intro to Mendel's Genetics & Selection and Evaluation


After this foundation is established we focus on basic genetics. To understand how seeds propagate is to truly understand their power. 

We will cover how characteristics and traits happen genetically and will show you how to select your own seeds and evaluate them for the things you want to encourage.
 
How exciting!
 
Class 4: Pollination & Breeding

The practical aspects of seed saving will be covered by focusing on pollination, breeding, harvesting, storage and germination.

Pollinators are the real catalyst for seed production.  You will become one. 
 
The idea is to get your mind down into the stigmas, styles and anthers of this fun and food producing activity. 
 
Spacing and hedgerow ideas, tips and small paintbrushes will all end up in your new toolbox.  
 
Class 5: Harvest, Storage & Germination Testing
 
Next, you learn how to harvest your own seeds. You will be able to naturally select for the plants that thrive best in your backyard's microclimate. How to store seeds is then covered along with the methods for testing for germination. 
 
Class 6: Wild Seed - Terms, Collection Rules & Collection Techniques
 
Let’s say you prefer to spend your time hiking in the wilderness, yet still want to join the seed saving tradition.
 
One of the most satisfying parts of seed saving can be harvesting seeds from wild plants.
 
We cover the rules, give you specific tips on which plants to find, and show you how to time travel!
 
Class 7: Seed Enterprises - Seed Exchanges, Seed Libraries & Small Seed Businesses
 
Finally, you will hear personal stories of individuals who transformed their newly found seed knowledge into small seed companies, seed libraries and exchanges. This will encourage and inspire you to take your new seed knowledge even further, if you so desire. At a minimum, it will open you up to the many possibilities and opportunities learning about seeds opens up for you.
 
After these 7 classes, you will be able to move your seed wisdom and expertise into your backyard, your community and the world.
 
2. Membership to the private Seed School Facebook group with over 300 members
 
There, you'll be able to meet your fellow seed saving citizens, ask for advice or guidance, and swap stories (and maybe seeds?). Stories from other successful seed stewards will help provide the inspiration and structure for you to take your next steps.

 3. Periodic LIVE Q&A sessions with Bill McDorman
 
Get your seed questions answered LIVE by Bill McDorman himself!

4. Weekly downloadable content
 
You will receive video, and webinar links, and lists of books and other programs that will enhance your experience and provide next steps. You can expect resources such as DIY pages for building your own equipment such as a seed cleaning screen, a handout to go with every class, extra videos, lists of the best websites for supplies and further learning, a bonus "Art of Seed Preservation" webinar, plus plenty more.
 
5. Basic Seed Saving eBook by Bill McDorman
 
This 24-page eBook is a great source of knowledge and inspirtion on the subject of saving seeds and will set you on target to start saving your own seeds. It contains easy, step-by-step instructions for saving the seeds of 18 different vegetables and 29 different wildflowers.
 
6. Bonus webinar: "The Art of Seed Preservation"
 
In this hour-long bonus webinar, you will learn the where, why and how of storing your seeds, including what "cold, dark and dry" means when you store your seeds, the best place and methods for storing your seeds, and more.

7. Tons of extra resources
 
These include the websites of amazing seed stewards, further information on seed policy, links to find seed libraries, seed banks, and seed companies, and tons of online resources to help you continue learning and dive in deeper to your heart's content.

Testimonials for Seed School

"In 2013 I had the pleasure of meeting Bill McDorman and Belle Starr while visiting Seed School to shoot my documentary ‘Open Sesame – The Story of Seeds’… I watched participants discover not only the world of seeds, but also a new power within themselves. I can attest to that myself having come to shoot a movie and having left with the never-before-considered goal of starting my own seed company."

Sean Kaminsky

Director: ‘Open Sesame – The Story of Seeds’ www.opensesamemovie.com
Founder: Free Wild Seeds www.freewildseeds.com

"Seed School is an amazing course! It was an honor to learn from a master seedsman like Bill McDorman. His passion and enthusiasm is invigorating a new generation of seed savers."    

Rebecca Newburn

Co-Founder, Richmond Grows Seed Lending Library

I loved it so much that I literally couldn't bring myself to listen to the last half hour until now (a month later) because I so badly didn't want it to be over!!!! Soooooo much great information and love that I can go back and reference again and again. LIFE CHANGING and so much more than I expected from [this] course! THANKS!

Anonymous

Recent Seed School Online attendee

Frequently Asked Questions

 
Why would I attend Seed School Online?
 
Attending SS Online will help clarify the global situation on seed ownership and the importance of regional seed diversity whether you opt to become a seed saver or simply an informed seed citizen. It will help in your understanding of how we got to this place where a handful of companies own and control over 72% of our seeds (thus our food). It will also make it clear why we need to create a parallel seed system rooted in the ancient tradition of bioregional seed saving. Additionally, we think you would want to attend Seed School because it is fun!
 
Do I need to have a certain level of seed saving knowledge to attend?
 
People from all spectrums of the seed saving world have offered their enthusiasm for this course. If you are a more advanced seed saver, then the basic material will be a refresher. (It might even become more clear set against the rest of the course.) If you are more of a beginner, the material will be eye opening and foundational as you gain more confidence about navigating through the seed saving process. More importantly, the way the material is presented builds upon itself and does so in easily digestible bites. Technical, economic, social, spiritual and even political perspectives frame the story and the necessity for this undertaking.  
 
Isn't this topic rather dry and uninteresting?
 
What makes Seed School different from other webinars, many would argue, is the instructor Bill McDorman, Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance (RockyMountainSeeds.org) and founder of the International Seed Saving Institute (Seedsave.org). Bill’s excitement for the magic and process of seed saving is infectious. Bill is an amazing storyteller and has almost 40 years in the industry as an educator, seed business owner and grower. 
Is this a political course?
 
Invariably, anything discussed these days has a political aspect to it. Seeds definitely do. The evolution of how our seeds have become patented life forms and the events that have lead to this are important pieces of the puzzle to understand the history of our current seed system. 
 
Why would anyone patent seeds unless they were protecting their investments and stockholders with the goal of returning great financial benefit? That in and of itself would almost be acceptable but some of the other actions of huge agri-business corporations are not. These companies have coopted our right to save seeds. We feel that is inherently wrong, as seed saving has been part and parcel of our history and those of other cultures for millennia. We unpack this fascinating story so that you have a comprehensive picture of the current state of our seeds. You will be greatly informed. 
 
What will SS Online help me accomplish?
 
What would you like to accomplish? Seed School Online will lay the foundation necessary for your seed saving adventure whether you are a backyard gardener, small market farmer, seed librarian, community gardener or school gardener participant, educator or simply anyone wanting a clearer picture of how we got to where we are in this interesting and unfolding situation.
 
Can I access the course anytime I want?
 
Yes the course is available 24/7 and you’ll have access indefinitely.
 
What would I do next after the course?
 
Hopefully, you will keep the excitement and empowerment going by trialing some things and sharing with those around you what you have learned. Seed School Online is as much a philosophical tome as an instructive and technical webinar. In that, we mean that immersing yourself in the course prompts you to think more deeply and with more discrimination about seed saving, our food system and our current economic and social paradigm. Nothing is a given anymore and the hard and fast rules we often hear from seed purists are questioned due to a better understanding of seed saving and the nature of ecology. You will feel incredibly inspired. 

Still Not Sure?

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Enroll in Seed School Online now. If you are unsatisfied with your  experience,
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I look forward to personally guiding you in this amazing journey of seed saving so you can rejoin this important ancient ritual. 

Thanks,

Bill McDorman