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Openness sown – Freedom grown

Beloved Gardeners*

we are looking for your garden pictures! For October this year, thanks to @c47 and @coco, we plan to have the first Open Source Gardens booth ever at a conference called “Bits&Bäume”. At this conference we like to put up a collection of beautiful pictures from beautiful Open Source Gardens all over Europe as a collage, including yours.

Two humans around a raised bed who pick up Sunviva fruit and demonstrate the harvest.

To participate, please send us your picture until 1. September 2022 to pictures@opensourcegardens.info including a description what we see, where the picture has been taken, author and license <3


After more than two years on our beloved solarpunk instance called Sunbeam City we move to another instance called chaos.social.

Our new address in the Fediverse is: https://chaos.social/@opensourcegardens


we have good news for you: We repeat the seed sending activity #ConnectingGardens from last year to help people open sourcing their gardens


For this activity we send out the same starter kits from last year including seeds from Open Source Tomatoes Vivaroma, Vivagrande and Sunviva, Open Source Corn Lisanco and Open Source Chili Black Heart. We send out these seeds together with a call to share pictures and stories online, in social media or other relevant channels. For example in our new Matrix room

Please help us to spread the good news


Welcome to the first #bouquet of the Open Source Gardens in 2022. Our bouquet is what other people used to call Newsletter. We will briefly review what happened within our movement in 2021 and glimpse on what is already planned for 2022. No worries, we keep it short and precise and hope you enjoy the read.

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We have received a financial spark from Ianus Peace Lab for our Connecting Gardens Initiative. Thank you so much, this helps us to cover our costs and to run another #ConnectingGardens campaign next year.


Seed saving is not only food saving ... it is in the very heart of the centuries-old tradition and art of plant cultivation.

Next Tuesday, September 7 at 18:00 CEST (UTC+2), we like to put the culture back into agriculture with our first Open Source Seeds saving workshop 2021 offered by Aimee Fenech. The workshop will be online and in English and happen in this Big Blue Button (BBB) room . (For those who do not know yet BBB: You can connect with any usual browser, there is no need for pre-installating any software. Just click on the link.)


In our first Open Source Gardeners* Unite meeting, we decided that we want to help people start growing Open Source Gardens in an easy way. Currently, in order to grow a variety of Open Source Seeds you often have to order them from each individual breeder themselves. So we decided to send out starter kits that contain several Open Source Seed varieties in one and interested gardeners* can start growing an Open Source Garden with ease.


Our presence at #RC3 possibly could not have been more fruitful. Literally hundreds of people hang out in the garden and got interested in Open Source gardening. So we ran a the first and only Open Source Gardeners Remote Chaos Meetup in that we decided to make a Open Source Gardeners* Unite outside of the conference and available to the general public. This will happen on Sunday, 24.January, at 15:00. If you are interested in connecting or engaging with Open Source Gardens, join us on our Big Blue Button room on Senfcall

“Remote Chaos Communication Congress (RC3)” is the online version of the annual #Chaos Communication Congress. According to Wikipedia, it is “is considered one of the largest events of this kind”. However, it is far more than “a variety of lectures and workshops on technical and political issues related to security, cryptography, privacy and online freedom of speech”. It is a festival, a utopia and after all more close to #Solarpunk than to Cyberpunk.

For this year's online event, we designed our first online Open Source Garden. It is a large world to explore, to sit in the grass, to discover community gardens and to learn about Open Source Seeds ... stay tuned : )

Also, btw, we created an assembly. Join us if you like gardening with us.

The Allmende Kontor is an association that hosts a public communicty garden on the Tempelhofer Feld. The garden is a very unique set up of raised beds, run by a community of people who offer their gardens and constructions to whole Berlin and meanwhile also sadly grows into one of the largest tourist attractions in Berlin. Sadly because there are some different interests between the gardeners and the tourists and that this place is in such a good shape is only possible thanks to dedicated community members.

Our first OSG <3


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