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Openness sown – Freedom grown

For many of us gardeners*, it is the time of the year to harvest our yield and to enjoy the fruits we planted and took care of throughout the year. And not only is this the time to enjoy our fruits but also to save our seeds for the upcoming seasons.

Saving seeds from the fruits of the current harvest for the plants in the next season is a thousands of years old key practice to grow plants and cultivate new breedings. Not to forget, it is actually the main technology that enabled humankind to finally stop nomadism and settle down.

Still, many of us do not know how to save seeds and so we decided to offer an interactive online workshop presented by Aimee Fenech last year. We recorded the session back then and now uploaded the video on Peertube.

Our love goes out to Aimee for holding the session, to Björn for preparing the video and to the Center for the Cultivation of Technology for hosting us and letting us record the session.

If you like the video/workshop, spread the word! Help others, saving their seeds!

#SeedSaving #Workshop #Video

It is official! We are super excited to run our first public information #booth at a conference called “Bits & Bäume” on October 1st & 2nd 2022. And we are not alone! Together with Open Source Seeds e.V. and Open Source Ecology Germany e.V. we create a common corner with “everything open source – from #seeds to hardware”. And you can be part of it!

Until there is the final link, here is the summary of what we envision:

Open Source Ecology, Open Source Seeds and Open Source Gardens – three initiatives are putting the culture back into agriculture. Together we create the basis for a future in which our basic food supply is developed collectively. Hear everything about free seeds, DIY gardens and open source hardware for a participatory and sustainable society and agriculture.

Behind the scenes, we are working hard now to prepare a pleasant and enlightening experience for you, from seeds to information material to our first public #presentation (thanks to coco!) to an interactive quiz ... And we are looking for new friends while doing it!

If you come to the conference and if you like Open Source Gardens, this is a perfect momentum to help us and become part of our first ever booth team. To do so you can directly join us in our dedicated Matrix room or write to bundb@opensourcegardens.info. We are looking forward getting to know you and growing the gardens together 🌻

For everyone else who makes it to the conference, we are happy to meet you at the booth. The conference is a one-of-its-kind about #DigitalSustainability and Open Source Gardens is happy to be part of it – thanks to @c47 and coco.

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.Open Source fruits, strictly sorted and aligned, from let to right: Black Heart, Sunviva, Vivaroma

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.

If you like to receive our irregular bouquets and news directly into your inbox, subsribe to our news-list.


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