"Where openness is sown, freedom is grown!"
At the moment you normally order open source seeds directly from their breeders. To help you find seeds and breeders, there is a service provider called "Open Source Seeds", which acts as an interface to connect breeders and growers. To this end Open Source Seeds maintains a list of officially licensed open source licensed seeds and their respective suppliers. You can browse the catalogue online and once you have decided on your seed selection, you can order directly from the respective breeder(s).
The US "Open Source Seeds Initiative" also maintains a list of available open source seeds and their distributors as well as the Latin-American open source seeds community "Bioleft". However, due to the European "Plant Health Law Regulation (EU) 2016/2031" these organisations are not allowed to send these seeds to Europe.
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In our spring campaign "Connecting Gardens" we want to help you start growing Open Source Gardens and connect you via gardens and beyond borders. If you like to participate, we send you one of our "starter kits" including multiple varieties of Open Source Seeds so you do not need to order them individually from different breeders. If you prefer to order from them, you are very welcome to do so and still joining our campaign. Also the environmental agency of Dortmund sends out seeds of Open Source Tomato "Sunviva" for no cost. Wherever you receive your Open Source Seeds: you are welcome to join #ConnnectingGardens, als long as it is open source.
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In every starter kit you will find eight seeds each of Open Source Tomatoes Vivaroma, Vivagrande and Sunviva, Open Source Corn Lisanco and Open Source Chili Black Heart. Also included is a handmade leaflet with compact information about Open Source Seeds in general and tips for growing. All we like you to do in return is to actually grow these seeds, enjoy your gardening season and your harvest — and to please not leave them unattended somewhere in your shelf and forget about it ...
Of course, you do not need to grow all of them or all by yourself. Open Source Seeds are free to share with everyone. And it can be even more fun to share them with your friends and to grow them together or simultaneously.
Once you received a starter kit, we kindly ask you to connect with us online: Tell us about your garden! Take pictures of your plants and share them with us! Tell us where you successfully grew these plants or why not. Share your tipps and tricks related to open source gardening, about your automated watering systems, about seed saving or some yummy receipts you have been cooking ... ^^
Share your ideas and creativity and follow others who do similar. We like to grow our community and connect us and our know-how via Open Source Gardens. Of course, in the end it should be all about the fun. So, please do it the way you prefer and to the extent you enjoy it 🌻
If you use social media, we love to see you directly sharing your thoughts, pictures, and experiences you make with our starter kit and your Open Source Garden. Simply choose your preferred channel for this but make sure to use the hashtags #OpenSourceGarden, #OpenSourceSeeds and for this campaign in particular #ConnectingGardens so our community can find each others posts easily and grow the community.
At Opensourcegardens.info itself we are currently running official accounts on Mastodon and on Twitter. If you ping these accounts with a mention, we will share your toots and tweets with the community. Alternatively - and in addition - you can share your stories and pictures with the community on our mailing list and/or in our Telegram group. Or simply send them to us via email (PGP Key) so we can share them with the Internet.
If you miss Open Source Gardens in your favorite (social media) channel, do not hesitate to create a channel or a stream on your own to share your content and connect with others.
We like to create the #IoG, the "Internet of Gardens" and connect us and our gardens online. In a first step we will offer you to show your garden on a custom OpenStreetMap instance. This way we see and show how many gardens we are and how far we are spread while also growing together. More about this soon here.
Thank you very much for your interest in growing Open Source Gardens and participating in our spring campaign "sharing our sources" You are just one click away.
Please confirm for yourself that
✅ You like to participate and connect with the community by sharing stories and pictures of your growing Open Source Garden within our channels or in your favorite corner of the Internet.
✅ Growing seeds cost money. So does delivery. Please help us with 5 Euro to cover our expenses. If you like to donate and further support our work, we are also happy to receive 10 Euro or more — and in case you cannot afford it, tell us in your order and we match it with a donation brought in from someone else to cover the costs for your package.
✅ You have a postal address in Europe — due to plant health regulations we are not allowed to send outside Europe.
Nice! Then please go ahead and
Thank you very much we will message you back with the details and we are looking forward to seeing grow your open source garden!
Even if you do not like or can participate in our #ConnectingGardens campaign, you can help us to spread the word about Open Source Gardens. You can now download a general Open Source Gardens leaflet as well as a special leaflet for the Connecting Gardens campaign. Print them out and put them in a place of interest or where you like people to see it, for example in your worksplace, a community garden, a shop, a hackerspace ... you know best by yourself where to put it : )
We have a lot of ideas about growing further and offer more ways of connecting people and gardens in the future. Especially in the creation of the Internet of Gardens (IoG) more features are already planned. You can expect updates on the map mentioned above but we are also working on possibilities for you to create your own open source digital garden ... stay tunedand keep up to date, by subscribing to our news list.
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