In this presentation, Bill McDorman from the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance will talk about the essential and yet largely missing component of this burgeoning new economy: local seeds. Developing locally adapted and delicious seed stock for the region’s cuisine will assure a prosperous, resilient and sustainable local food economy. The first communities to understand this are reaping the cultural and economic rewards. Bill will give examples of how communities are using seed exchanges, seed libraries and seed vaults to help achieve their new local economic goals.
“New and innovative economic engines will keep our communities prosperous and thriving,” according to Belle Starr, deputy director of the RMSA. “Local food producers, brewers and bakers are now helping to fuel an increase in new community wealth all over the nation. Local food allows the money we spend everyday to stay local and continue to recirculate.”
The presentation will also explore the many benefits of seed saving—from economic opportunities and sustainability to social value and community wellbeing. He will also share updates about the RMSA’s many accomplishments during the last year and present opportunities for the community to get involved.