Alan attended Seed School Teacher Training (SSTT) last week in Los Angeles, CA. This teacher training course was presented by the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance and hosted by the Seed Library of Los Angeles (SLOLA). The class came together to deepen their seed-saving knowledge and to learn how to better teach seed saving and biodiversity preservation in their respective bio-regions. The class delved into advanced topics in selective breeding, seed harvesting and storage, seed patents, and the operations of seed libraries and seed banks. The goal was to create additional teachers who are qualified to present the full 5-day Seed School curriculum developed and taught by Bill McDorman over the past decade. Bill has taught Seed School over 30 times during the past few years, resulting in major advances in the preservation of local heirloom varieties of many important crops and the creation of a number of new seed banks and seed libraries.
From Alabama to California, East coast to West, all areas of the U.S. were represented in the SSTT group, each participant sharing their own skills and experiences from different climates and growing conditions. Everybody left better equipped to go out and teach seed saving to others in their communities in an effective and powerful way.
One of the highlights of the class was a visit to the Learning Garden at Venice High School, which is managed by David King of SLOLA. The Learning Garden is also one of several locations housing parts of SLOLA’s seed bank, allowing local high school students to see an example of what an established seed bank can look like.
The Eldenbridge Institute is in the early planning stages of bringing Seed School to the Southeast for the first time, possibly in 2017. Sign up for our newsletter for updates and to learn how you can get involved.