Pamela Sherman, Regenerative Food Growing Educator and High-elevation Homesteader

Pamela Sherman Seed Saving Educator

Name: Pamela Sherman

Occupation: Seed Writer, Educator

Place of Residence: 8,300 feet elevation in the Colorado Rockies

Background and Personal History: Pam teaches workshops and facilitates dialogue, networking, and events related to seeds and seed saving. She holds certifications in permaculture and applied agroecology, and is a seed saving teacher trained by the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance.

She lives with her husband in a fiercely windy, nearly treeless draw at 8,300 feet in the Rockies on what was known since the late 1800s as “the old potato farm.” The original cabins burned in a recent wildfire; they currently live in a passive solar house her husband designed.

They have been growing most of the same species of crops as the pioneers who first homesteaded there and saving seed as they did. But today they grow in an ever more regenerative way to keep soil microbes happy. They also trial more drought-resistant, short-season heritage grains and crops from warmer, drier lands that can be more resilient in the kinds of fires and floods that their area has recently experienced.  Pam ferments, dries, and otherwise puts up food for the winter.

Current projects: Researching and trialing how to retain ever more soil moisture and grow food in ever more ecologically regenerative and appropriate ways, while adapting to weather that offers a wider range of extreme surprises.

Other Fun Facts: Pamela has a background in teaching theater, public speaking, and storytelling, as well as in directing, writing and developing community-based comedy. She is a trained mediator and facilitates community dialogue and deliberation.

Connect with Pamela:

RMSA Seed School and Heritage Grain Trial Facebook groups

Photo by Ania Poisson