Kokopelli Seed Foundation was recently created in December 2003 by Dominique Guillet to sow in the heart of the people of North America the seed-message of Association Kokopelli in Europe: access to open-pollinated seeds is the only way to alleviate hunger and to promote, in a sustainable way, food security.
Association Kokopelli was created in France in March 1999 by a group of people who have been involved since 1987 in the protection of biodiversity, medicinal plants and the production of organic seeds. They created and ran from 1991 to 1998 the Botanical Garden of La Mhotte and Terre de Semences in Auvergne, France: hundreds of heirloom varieties were grown for seeds on a 30 acre-land with the help of 45 people going through a process of social rehabilitation.
Association Kokopelli is a non-profit organization based in France with small independent branches in Italy, United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany and Brazil.
Preparation of seed donations in south India
Association Kokopelli has created in France its own network of organic seed growers who produce seeds of 900 varieties of heirloom varieties which are sold all over Europe.
More heirloom varieties are available, free of charge, for the members: this collection of seeds is grown by the members for the members who, upon taking the membership, adopt one or more heirloom varieties of vegetables.
Association Kokopelli is deeply involved too, since the start, in the struggle for food security and the development of sustainable organic agriculture in Third World countries.
Thanks to the support of its members (up to 6000), Association Kokopelli focuses on:
- Seed donations. 150 000 packets of organic seeds were donated during the years 2001 et 2002. In 2002, we launched a new campaign Semences sans Frontières (seeds without frontiers) inviting our members to grow seeds in their own garden to be sent to countries in dire need of good organic seeds. Although we continue to send seed packets, we are thus able now to donate bulk organic seeds grown in home gardens. Thanks to the financial contribution of our members, we are able also to donate a small part of the organic seeds bought from our network of organic growers.
- Seed-production workshops. During the past years, these seed workshops have been given to farmers of India, Sri Lanka, Niger, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Mexico and Guatemala.
- Seed banks and networks. In the different countries where we give seed workshops, we help to set community seed banks and seed networks. Our main realization is the seed center Annadana in south India : a seed bank surrounded by seed gardens.