Welcome to the Open Source PlantsTM platform and its slogan: “Grow-Share-Repeat.” At one level Open Source PlantsTM is simply sharing free plants. If that’s enough for you, take a look at Plant Choices, follow us on Facebook, and have fun! At another level Open Source PlantsTM is a climate-friendly process to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, optimize carbon sequestration, and create resilient landscapes.
The process is simple and familiar:
First, plants and the supporting materials, such as peat-based potting mix, containers, fertilizers, pesticides, dyes, labels, and packaging are manufactured products that are increasingly traded globally. Embedded carbon emissions arise from the manufacture and long distance transport of plants and their supporting products.
Second, climate change brings a sense of purpose and urgency to change the way we distribute plants. There is urgency to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, to improve carbon sequestration, and create landscapes resilient to climate change. And there are opportunities to increase the scale of activities such as Open Source PlantsTM through social media.
The key elements of Open Source PlantsTM are sources and choices of plants.
[Note: Seeds are often the best vehicle for transferring plants in a sustainable way. They are (usually) small and take little energy to package and transport. But not all plants germinate easily or breed true from seed (if that is the goal). And most plants take longer to reach maturity from seed].
For encouragement to go local, here’s some inspiration from cut flower enthusiasts: