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 Williams, is a new addition to the team, helping to guide new initiatives with her background in community and resource development. 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. It is there 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 both the non-profit and government sectors in the Denver metro area. Alisha recently completed her Permaculture Design Certification in the spring of 2017 and is a sitting board member for Global Seed Savers (formerly Friends of Enca Farms).
Alisha handles community outreach, promotions and marketing for SeedsTrust. She can also be a resource if you are interested in collaborating on an event or project!
Bill McDorman, 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.
Bill is a native of Ketchum/Sun Valley, Idaho. He holds a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Montana. He has been a professional hiking guide since 1976, and has been teaching classes in wild, edible and medicinal plants and seed saving for more than 25 years. He has consulted on more than a thousand native landscape projects and frequently speaks at native plant and seed conferences throughout the West.
Bill is a member of the Arizona Native Plant Society and the Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides. He currently serves on the Arizona Humanities Council. He served on the boards of directors of the Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides, the Idaho Sustainable Agriculture Committee and was Vice-chairman of the Idaho Humanities Council. He helped found the Sawtooth Botanical Gardens in Sun Valley, Idaho, and published his first book in 1994 titled, “Basic Seed Saving”, which contains seed saving information for 29 wildflowers and 18 vegetables.
Bill also founded the International Seed Saving Institute (ISSI) which ships seeds and seed saving information to projects in 15 countries. He and his wife Belle also launched Project Self Reliance: an educational, non-profit organization providing sustainably oriented social services and programs for youth-at-risk and the community-at-large. Its initial campaign is to establish a transitional living and housing program for runaway, homeless and foster kids “aging out” of the system.