Julia Coffey, Co-Owner & President
Hello, visitors and fellow seedsmen! I am Julia and I am the president of Seeds Trust: this incredible company dedicated to encouraging customers to save seeds and reverse the loss of biodiversity not only in our backyards but around the world.
I am from Denver, Colorado and when I'm not measuring out seeds, printing packets, growing tomaotes, hunting down the most resilient and special seed varieties, I like to take full advantage of our magnificent swath of Rocky Mountains by hiking, backpacking, climbing, and breathing in the fresh mountain air. I like to sing and am a member of the Colorado choir, an 80s a cappella group, a hip hop a cappella group, and a rock and roll/blues band.
I graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder with degrees in Linguistics and French and lived in France teaching English and learning about local food market economies vs. the global industrialized food model.
I met Bill McDorman while visiting a permaculture farm in Lyons, CO. He was giving a lecture on seeds and seed diversity and it genuinely changed my life. I immediately found him after the lecture and told him I wanted to be involved in whatever way I could. I ended up attending one of Bill's first Seed School workshops and continued to apprentice with him in Cornville, Arizona. I helped Bill run Seeds Trust until I bought the business from him in 2011. I then returned to Denver to provide high altitude adapted seed to mountain growers.
In my work with seeds, language and people, I continue to learn that true strength and resilience stems from diversity, respect and passion.
Alisha (Williams) Wenger, Co-Owner, Sales & Outreach
Alisha is a proud Coloradan who grew up in Steamboat Springs and studied English at Colorado State University. After graduation, she fulfilled a dream of serving with the United States Peace Corps, spending three years in Togo, West Africa as an Environmental Action and Food Security Development Agent. During this time, Alisha found her love for empowering communities to find innovative solutions for making our world a better place to live.
Since returning home in 2013 she has worked in the Denver metro non-profit and government sectors as a grant writing and fundraising professional. Alisha is passionate about food justice and regenerative food systems work. She completed her permaculture design certification with the Denver Permaculture Guild in 2017 and is board Treasurer for Global Seed Savers.
Alisha guides new initiatives with her background in community and resource development. She handles community outreach, promotions, and marketing for Seeds Trust. Get in touch with her if you are interested in collaborating on a project or event!
Bill McDorman (ex-officio), Original Founder and Director of Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance
Bill McDorman is a seed saver, writer, and educator based in Cornville, Arizona. He is co-founder of The Down Home Project, Garden City Seeds, Seeds Trust, High Altitude Gardens, the Sawtooth Botanical Gardens, Seed School and the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance. He is author of the book Basic Seed Saving. Bill is the former executive director of Native Seeds/SEARCH.
As the original founder of Seeds Trust, Bill is a close friend and continual advisor for Seeds Trust.