Open Source Gardens

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How you can participate

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Start planting!

The best way to join is to plant Open Source Seeds at home, in your garden, or in a place of your choice. Then tell us and others about it, and connect.

You can order Open Source Seeds directly from its respective breeders. In addition, we try to put together and offer you a few handmade starter kits starting spring 2021. This, to hopefully make your beginning a little easier. You will find more information about this once we are ready on our dedicated seeds page.

Community gardening

Some of enjoy having a spot in a community garden and use it to create an Open Source Garden together. Gardening together is often easier and while practicing, you can exchange ideas about open source philosophy and maybe even tell others about it. If you now feel like doing it, find some fellow gardeners and ask in a community garden next to you if they have a spot, a raised bed or even a plot for you.

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Spread the word

Like any new idea or movement, we thrive on people talking about us and spreading the word. If you like our initiative, tell your friends about it and what exactly you like most about it. Share with them our homepage and our mini-blog, so they can start informing themselves.

Also Online

Whether alone or together - or even if gardening is actually not your thing but you like the idea: You can always chose to participate online. Tell the internet or your friends about your garden or another Open Source Garden. Help us become known by doing what you yourself enjoy. Paint a picture for example or write a thought about Open Source Gardens in the internet. Take photos of your Open Source Garden and share them. Use the hashtags #OpenSource, #garden, #seeds and #OpenSourceGardens. Connect yourself and us with like-minded people!


Talking about connecting: Doing things together is often more fun. Connect with like-minded people, tell us about your garden or your ideas. We look forward to seeing you!

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Publish new varieties

So far, there are still only a few varieties that are already open source licensed. But they become more every year and our movement is growing around the globe. Open Source Seeds in Europe, Open Source Seeds Initiative in the United States, Bioleft in South America and many more: all of them are manifestations of the same movement and they offer breeders the chance to publish their varieties as open source seeds. Join them and publish your varieties as open source seeds as well.

Best method doing so is to you use regionally adapted "old varieties". These evolutionary developed varieties are being displaced at high pressure by new and specially-cultivated varieties of the chemical industry and old varietites unfortunately find decreasingly use in modern agriculture. Monocultures, hybrid breeding and infertile varieties are the result. Time for more diversity! We can further develop these old varieties in an evolutionary way, adapting plants optimally to local conditions as well as to climate changes. And we can forever take away the resulting varieties from the monopolies of agriculture by publishing them as open source seeds! Connect with other breeders and form resilient reference groups together.

"I will have my new breeding declared common property through OpenSourceSeeds, so that in the future it can be grown all over the world and never in a lifetime a corporation like Monsanto can acquire the rights to my variety! It will then be common property, I will get my deserved recognition as a breeder and thousands of gardeners and tomato lovers can enjoy my success. I owe that to my grandfather, and to everyone out there who supports my project." - Don Giardino, "Self-Sufficient"

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