Kitzia Kokopelmana
PINA Board Member since 2020
Buena Fortuna Botanical Garden
La Ribera, East Cape, by the Gulf of California, Baja California Sur (BCS), México

Kitzia Kokopelmana is a seeds-woman, gardener, landscaper, writer and painter in La Ribera, Mexico.  In 1998, she co-founded the Jardín Botánico/Vivero Buena Fortuna and this has had a permaculture focus since her PDC in 2000.

Kitzia and her colleagues at Buena Fortuna Gardens practice what they call “devotion to life.” That is our habits either support or harm the Earth.  Kitzia’s effort is to help future generations by inspiring present generations to grow edible diversity . By growing diversity, we preserve diversity. By eating diversity, we  encourage its growth. By our example, we can inspire others to live in harmony with the Earth.

Kizia uses permaculture to create a sustainable system that preserves botanical diversity. Her permaculture work at the Gardens includes: composting, mulching, bee keeping, and seed production. More generally, Buena Fortuna Gardens’ projects and programs include: seed collecting, crop research, the preservation of botanical diversity, organic and ancient agriculture, kitchen alchemy, school gardens, community gardens, nature-emersion wellness-retreats, and landscape designs.  Work has ranged from the nearby in La Ribera, to Los Barriles, San Jose del Cabo, Todos Santos, Yelapa Jalisco, Ensenada BC, and Tijuana BC to the distant as far as Peru, Brazil, the Caribbean Islands,  and Ecuador. You can see some of her work here.