Kokopelli Seed Foundation believes that the only way towards world food security is free access to open-pollinated seeds and revival of sustainable organic agriculture. What is the future of a civilization which is destroying the seeds and the soil?
Our goal is not to create another group of seed savers as there are already plenty of very efficient organizations in north-America: organic seed companies and seed savers networks.
Our mission is really to create a community supported seed fund to provide poor farmers in poor countries with the seeds they need for their gardens or small farms.
It may be hard for people living in modern countries to realize what means nothing. But nothing means really nothing in many rural countries of the world which do not have the first seeds to start a garden. Seed shortage is, of course, not the only reason for the hunger to prevail nowadays. Nonetheless, we have to face the fact that 36 000 people are dying of starvation every day, two third of them being children.
Seed donation is a wonderful gift of life. Can you imagine the strength of a community of thousands of gardeners or farmers growing or collecting seeds on their land to share it? Let us join together in our campaign "SEEDS FOR LIFE"!
We invite you to become members of this community supported seed fund, the Kokopelli Seed Foundation. Membership is open to everyone: you may choose to donate seeds, through our campaign "Seeds for Life", or to pay an annual membership fee or both.
SEED DONATIONS: CAMPAIGN "SEEDS FOR LIFE"
Nature is very generous and food plants provide us with plenty of seeds. One squash or one melon contain hundreds of seeds. A tiny cherry tomato contains around 70 seeds. A lettuce going to seed may produce up to 10 000 seeds.
A garden of 100 m2 (30 feet by 30 feet) can host 150 plants of tomatoes with medium and big size fruits which are going to produce 6 kg of seeds (200 seeds per gramme) for the preparation of 40 000 packets containing each 30 seeds.
A garden of 100 m2 (30 feet by 30 feet) can host 100 plants of squashes Cucurbita pepo (Zucchini, Patty Pan, Sweet Dumpling...) which are going to produce 25 kg of seeds (9500 seeds per kg) for the preparation of 15 800 packets containing each 15 seeds.
Everybody can grow or collect seeds. All the gardeners and farmers of the world were doing it for thousands of years before the emergence of chemical agriculture.
Seed growing is rewarding, it is fun and the children love it. It is easy to grow pure seeds providing that you respect a few rules to avoid natural cross-pollinations in the garden. You will find all the essential informations in Dominiques book The Seeds of Kokopelli. If you are hesitant, start with very easy crops like tomatoes and squashes: you will find all the necessary information to collect pure seeds on this web site.
We invite you to be a Kokopelli seed grower to help us fight starvation.
All the seeds are welcome: tomatoes, melons, lettuces, beets, carrots, corns, peppers... The biotopes are so diverse in central and south America that every species can find a home somewhere in the desert, in the mountains or the tropical plains.
If you are already growing heritage varieties in your garden or farm, please grow seeds from them. If you do not have heritage varieties to grow, send us a letter or an e-mail: we will send you (free of charge) seeds of beautiful heirloom varieties of tomatoes, lettuces, squashes ... to start with.
Together, we can make a garden of difference and a very fertile one.
The annual membership fees result in fact in seed donations as they allow us to buy bulk organic seed from professional organic seed growers or organic seed companies.
Cartful of Diversity and Food Security!
Thanks to an handful membership fee, we can purchase:
- an ounce of tomato seeds, which is approximately 7500 seeds to prepare 300 packets (of 25 seeds each one) to give.
- or 1/4 pound of carrot seeds, to prepare 200 packets (of half a gram) to give.
- or 1/4 pound of lettuce seeds, to prepare 200 packets (of half a gram) to give.
Thanks to an basketful membership fee, we can purchase:
- 3 pounds of squash seeds which is approximately 12 000 seeds (in the case of cucurbita moschata) to prepare 1000 packets (of 12 seeds in each one) to give.
- 1 pound and half of melon seeds which is approximately 25 000 seeds to prepare 1000 packets (of 25 seeds in each one) to give.
The money of the lifetime membership will support a program of seed workshops in Central and South Americas.
All the members (having sent seed donation or membership fee) will receive a Kokopelli Seed Foundation member card.
The lifetime members and basketful members will receive a complimentary signed copy of Dominique Guillets book The Seeds of Kokopelli.
FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM FOUNDATIONS
We are also presently looking for financial support:
- to create a seed school in the heart of Mexico.
- to publish the book Seeds in Kokopelli in two more languages. In Brazil, the
translation in Portuguese has been completed and we need to find money for the
printing. We are now starting to work on the Spanish translation.