If you're interested in saving seeds of your favorite heirloom vegetables but don't know how, here's a great resource that can help. The Seeds of Kokopelli, by Dominique Guillet (Les Presses de Provence, 2002), describes more than 2,500 heirloom vegetable varieties and provides information about their history, culture, and nutrition. For each family of vegetables there is detailed information on pollination and seed collection, even a section listing which species of that vegetable can be crossed with another.
This 440-page book with 457 gorgeous color photos is the result of the work of the Kokopelli Seed Foundation. The organization has been going strong in Europe for the past 12 years. They send organic seed donations, conduct seed production workshops, and help create seed banks in Third World countries. Their goal is to help local people grow and preserve native crops.
For each book purchased, $10 goes towards a seed donation to one of their projects, and you'll receive five complimentary packets of European heirloom organic seeds, such as 'Ronde de Nice' summer squash.
For more information about the Seeds of Kokopelli, go to: Kokopelli Seed Foundation.
Article published on June 23, 2008.