Seeds are the very beginning of the food chain. Seed autonomy is one of the fundamental pre-requisites of food security. The development of home-gardening and of small organic sustainable agriculture is the ultimate fortress against malnutrition and erosion of biodiversity. We are helping the small farmers and the rural communities to regain control of their own seed through the creation of seed gardens, of community seed banks and of small networks.
In 2005, the Kokopelli Seed Foundation will focus more specifically on the creation in Mexico of a seed-center and seed-school similar to the seed-center Annadana initiated by Kokopelli in India.
Seed gardens of Annadana in south India
Litlle Kokopelli enchanting the seed lettuces!
The Kokopelli Seed Foundation started its program of seed workshops in Mexico and Guatemala in January 2004.
In October 2004, we will present our work in Costa Rica during a conference on biointensive gardening. We will then give two seed workshops in this country and then different ones in Mexico and Guatemala in November 2004.
The Kokopelli Seed Foundation wants to be consumed by enthusiasm and to spread it : enthusiasm in the greek sense of sacred fire and divine inspiration. We do believe in Life although the cold forces of modern civilization are destroying inexorably much of her diversity.
Compost making for seed gardens
We wish to be a flame to rekindle the respect for life, the passion for beauty of diversity, the connection with the traditional cosmovisions, the appreciation for the generosity of Nature, the wonder for the deep mystery of Seed.
The Kokopelli Seed Foundation is focusing, in the Americas, on the creation of a network of gardeners and farmers sharing seeds, knowledge and passions.
The Kokopelli Seed Foundation started its own seed donation program in January 2004 by distributing thousands of packets of organic heirloom seeds in Guatemala (in partnership with Counterpart) and Mexico (in partnership with Bajarek in Chiapas / Bosque de la Niebla in Veracruz / Gaia in Oaxaca / Sexto Sol in Chiapas / Cosecha Sana in Veracruz / Mexico Tierra Magica in Oaxaca).
Thanks to our partnership with the Foundation Furare Rainforest Rescue, in Ecuador, seeds were also donated to many rural communities of South America: Peru (Idpa), Columbia, Bolivia (Arbolando), Ecuador.
A bulk organic seed donation was also sent to a Maine based NGO, Sustainable Harvest, which is working with rural communities of Belize and Honduras.
Drawing our inspiration from the campaign initiated by Kokopelli in France, Semences sans Frontières, we are presently launching our own campaign Seeds for Life inviting all our members and friends, gardeners and farmers, to produce seeds in their garden for donation to Third World countries.