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New Products for 2017  


NEW FOR 2017: FARM-ORIGINALS, HEIRLOOMS, AND COMMERCIAL STANDARDS

These are our New Additions for 2017, and as always they include our latest on-farm breeding refinements, and some good proven varieties that organic growers have found reliable and adaptive.

We have chosen not to seek PVP or other intellectual property protection for our original varieties. We have studied, argued, consulted, and meditated on the relative virtues and hazards of IP protection in the food sector of life. We've tried recently to contrive some variation on the use of Creative Commons 'Copyleft' or Open Source Software models to provide open forum use of crop genetics, without fear that corporate entities will Patent what others have freely offered. This turns out to be extremely complicated, completely untested in the courts, and fraught with real world differences between creative intellect, software code, and new seeds for food crops. To begin with, seeds are alive, and the rest is not.

On April 17th 2014, Wild Garden Seed joined with High Mowing Seed and public breeders at three Land Grant Universities (Oregon, Washington, and Wisconsin) to release seeds of our own breeding under the auspices of the Open Source Seed Initiative, OSSI. The purpose of OSSI is to create an ethically bounded genetic commons. The OSSI Free Seed Pledge does by public intention what only endless contracts can do in law. See this OSSI essay more details.
New original varieties will be part of the official 2017 OSSI varietal release this spring.

Regardless, these new crop cultivars, their genetics, and the traits they express are freely offered to the Public Domain, and they are not intended for any kind of privatization or ownership by others, though others may use them in their breeding, farming, or garden-related enterprises. Wild Garden Seed appreciates recognition for its breeding work by those who use it.

Garlic Chives Garlic Chives

Garlic Chives Garlic Chives

Asian species with ¼" wide leaves that taste sweetly of garlic, used for soups, salads, sauces, and stir fries. Grows with chive-like clumping habit to about 12" high, beautiful flowers can be used as cuts.
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Red To The Heart Romaine Lettuce

Red To The Heart Romaine Lettuce

Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety I have several lines of this phenotype, one of which will become the final selection to go with the name. For now this can be considered a type that includes solid rose-red heart leaves, or hearts that are painted in red and gold patterns. At the Portland Breeder's Variety Showcase, bowls or these were mistaken for Treviso chicory hearts. But the taste and texture is all lettuce--crisp, juicy, sweet, and always welcome. Farm Original Variety!
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Lava Lamp Romaine Lettuce

Lava Lamp Romaine Lettuce

Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety Part of the retro romaine scene you won't want to miss...convections of red and yellow in high contrast hearts of romaine. Includes 'Crisp Mint' in the parentage, which comes through in the crunch. Best at full maturity, remains non-bitter even at onset of bolting. Probably a good "celtuce." Farm Original Variety!
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Hearts Aflame Lettuce

Hearts Aflame Lettuce

Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety A selection from 'Manoa' crossed to my "dark red pointed" breeding stock, selected for internal redness in a flaming pattern on long blanched hearts. The leaves are tender, savoyed, and softly folded together. Beautiful hearts are where it's at. Farm Original Variety!
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Platonic Romaine Lettuce

Platonic Romaine Lettuce

Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety Football shaped romaine heads with great wrapping boat-like leaves, healthy vigorous full sized plants produce gorgeous blanched-green hearts that are crunchy and sweet. If you want to float a tuna or chicken salad on a plate, these Platonic canoes are a perfect conveyance. Farm Original Variety!
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Fine Speckled Oak Lettuce

Fine Speckled Oak Lettuce

Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety This comes out of the 'Camo Oak' gene pool, a compact midi oak with a dark red coat of the finest speckling, as if it were spray-painted rather than dipped or brushed with rose and crimson. Forms a nice dense colorful heart at full maturity. Farm Original Variety!
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Ruby Oaklet Lettuce

Ruby Oaklet Lettuce

Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety Dark, shining, and deeply red, this mini oak makes well proportioned palm-sized leaves that blanch to rose pink in the heart. Space 8-9" apart. Farm Original Variety!
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Ruby Gem Lettuce

Ruby Gem Lettuce

Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety A mini-romaine in a shining crystal red. Taste, color, and texture come together best at full-hearted maturity. These can be spaced 8-9" apart. Farm Original Variety!
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Camo Gem Lettuce

Camo Gem Lettuce

Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety Small tricolored gem-sized heads, dark red/green with more or less bronze casting where the sun shines strongest, with yellow/pink blanched hearts or leaf bases. Comes from 'Camo Oak' background. 9-10" spacing. Farm Original Variety!
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Bloodstone Lettuce

Bloodstone Lettuce

Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety A little gem type with a bloodstone pattern of dark red over dark green, short rounded wrapping leaves, compact heads with blazing colored contrast in the heart. Comes from Green Lotus x red-to-heart lines. 9" spacing. Farm Original Variety!
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InfraRouge Leaf Lettuce

InfraRouge Leaf Lettuce

Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety By crossing 'Pinot' to 'Mascara' we created many different options--for shades of red color and leaf shape, and seed color for that matter--but this one stood out right away. This is a full sized leaf lettuce with color beyond your average red, deeply purple and bright red simultaneously, with crisped edges. Farm Original Variety!
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21st Century Fire Lettuce

21st Century Fire Lettuce

Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety From the cross 'Pinot' x 'Mascara', a fiery red looseleaf lettuce with sparky crisped edges, textured and somewhat cupped leaves forming a bright red head. Farm Original Variety!
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Manoa Leopard Lettuce

Manoa Leopard Lettuce

Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety A beautiful dark spotted heading lettuce with a strong Hawaiian influence, selected for a preponderance of short rounded leaves in a tight blanching head of medium dark green leaves, selected against tip burn and downy mildew. A rare kinda cat that's adaptable to both Oregon and Hawaii. From 'Manoa' x 'Leopard', creators of the Island Gems project. Farm Original Variety!
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Big Island Lettuce

Big Island Lettuce

Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety From our Island Gems project, this early release is a full size green heading lettuce with a slight pink blush around its crown at maturity. A bit volcanic. Makes tight creamy hearts of blanched oval leaves. Farm Original Variety!
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Elf Ears Oak Lettuce

Elf Ears Oak Lettuce

Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety This is a big upright oak, ice green with somewhat savoyed leaves that comes from 'Crisp Mint' romaine in the parentage. The leaves have rather fancy "ears," elongated tips that extend from the head, and form heavy strong hearts. The best mildew resistance out of the 5 Elf Ear lines we compared. Farm Original Variety!
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Meriviglia d' Inverno Lettuce

Meriviglia d' Inverno Lettuce

An Italian butter head especially suited to winter harvests from September-October plantings without bolting. Keep in mind, that's a Mediterranean winter, but a tunnel can create an Italian winter almost anywhere these days...sort of. This variety can be planted March through October, but shines in the cold short days. Name means "Winter Marvel."
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Morton's Secret Lettuce Mix '17 Lettuce

Morton's Secret Lettuce Mix '17 Lettuce

Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety This year's unfinished cast of future characters includes a green cos comprised of crenate deer tongue leaves, a gorgeous soft cos with painted hearts, rounded little gems with fine red speckling, an open romaine with red spots on golden-green leaves, purple-red butterheads, and something very special that we lost the label for...a secret even from me. Farm Original Variety!
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Jewel Box Mix Lettuce

Jewel Box Mix Lettuce

Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety A mixture of the best lines out the 'Camo Oakheart' and 'Camo Gem backgrounds, this gathering is comprised of small-leaf, densely heading plants with hearts of ruby, emerald, bloodstone, and topaz. Space 8" apart, grow to maturity, cut or pick hearts into jewel-like salad leaves. Can be hand picked for whole leaf salad for weeks. Farm Original Variety!
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Red Feather Mustard: Indian

Red Feather Mustard: Indian

Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety Selected out of Dragon Frills last year, feather-like red mustard leaves are sweetly pungent in salad mix. Large leaves make colorful flying bouquets. Limited Supply. Farm Original Variety!
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Dragon Feathers Mix Mustard: Indian

Dragon Feathers Mix Mustard: Indian

Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety This is what we get after mixing Magma, and Gold Frills, selecting selecting and selecting again to maintain diversity while removing the undesirables. Makes a fantastically textured, colored, frilled and flavorful mix of pungent greens. Farm Original Variety!
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Vibrant Joy Mustard: Mild

Vibrant Joy Mustard: Mild

Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety Absolutely vibrant shades of magenta violet, purple, and rose pink pervade this pac choi mix, coloring the succulent petioles, sometimes the leaf veins, sometimes the entire leaf. The color saturation during autumn growth and cold weather is especially stunning, so the recommended outdoor planting period is Sept-Oct. Tunnel plantings Jan-Feb should also color well. Replaces 'Purple Rapa Pop.' Farm Original Variety!
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Hungarian Landrace Parsley

Hungarian Landrace Parsley

Part of our search for better flat-leaf parsley includes finding resistance to Xanthamonas, a common bacterial disease of umbels. We have seen this Hungarian parsley resist infection in the greenhouse, and have it overwintering in a disease-prone test field now. Very sweet flavor, one of the parsley taste-off winners.
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Yella Bella Peppers

Yella Bella Peppers

Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety Like 'Bella Red', a crumpled and twisted Italian type with thinner walls, intended more for fresh salad use or light saute than roasting. Creates interesting shapes for presentation when sliced crosswise. Farm Original Variety!
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Biobio Quinoa

Biobio Quinoa

A short season, short stature white-seeded quinoa from Chile. We found it as an off-types in purchased 'Kaslaea' seed last year, but have strong confidence it is actually 'Biobio.' Looks very similar to Redhead, also with very white seeds. 'Biobio' seems to have smaller seeds in general, but I did make some larger-than-average seed selections from this population. Earliest maturing kind in our trials this year, and high yielding.
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Kaslala Multicolor Quinoa

Kaslala Multicolor Quinoa

This diverse variety has a number of unique qualities that have gained my attention. First, the plants themselves are striking, a large percentage having the "magenta leaf" trait in the young leaves, and growing to 7' tall, many plants with bright red stems. The seed is vividly multicolored from jet black through chocolate, nut brown, buff, pink, cherry, yellow and white. Seeds are larger than the other varieties offered here. Makes a handsome cut flower for the adventurous florist. Originated in the Bolivian/Chilean introductions to Colorado, ca. 1980, fostered by John McCamant and farming partners at White Mountain Farm.
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Magenta Sunset Quinoa

Magenta Sunset Quinoa

Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety This is a selection out of Brightest Brilliant Rainbow made with the cut flower grower in mind. The ripening panicles are brilliant magenta-orange, with stems that become red-pink-orange striped as they dry. Dru Rivers at Full Belly Farm in Guinda CA has pioneered the introduction of quinoa into the fresh and dried cut flower trade. This bud's for you! Farm Original Variety!
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Wild Garden Breeder's Mix Quinoa

Wild Garden Breeder's Mix Quinoa

Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety We are engaged in a 5 year quinoa breeding project supported by the Clif Bar Family Foundation. One goal of the project is to increase the availability of quinoa germplasm that is adapted to growing in North America, and to share that germplasm with others involved in local attempts to develop regionally adapted varieties. One way to do this is to create and distribute finished varieties. Another way is to offer breeder mixes with diverse genetics for others to screen in other places. That's what this mix is. The same genetics we are exploring here offered for others to try wherever you are. Because quinoa is self-pollinating, selection is a straightforward and intuitive process, and thousands of varieties are possible. Find your quinoa here. Farm Original Variety!
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Merlo Nero Spinach

Merlo Nero Spinach

The name means 'Black Bird', appropriate for this dark green autumn-winter spinach. Rounded savoyed leaves, intensely green and robust. Begin planting in August for October harvest, continue sowing through November for continuous harvests into January. Resume sowing January through April for harvest into June.
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Estate Tomato

Estate Tomato

Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety This comes from the crossing of three varieties that worked for us over the years. Stupice x Homestead was later crossed to Peron Sprayless when we lived in the cold hills. Peron provided a smooth round lushness that is very upscale in appearances. Terrific full tomato flavor, large juice-filled locules, and a meaty heart. Grows to about 6-7' with fruits 3-3½". Farm Original Variety!
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Home Stoop Tomato

Home Stoop Tomato

Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety 'Stupice' was introduced to the US by Abundant Life Seed Foundation along with a number of other East European varieties circa 1980, and immediately found a home on every mountain homestead in the Northwest. Damp hardy and cool adapted, it delivered great flavor and results in marginal situations, but the fruits were small. 'Homestead' was once a commercial variety in Florida, an exact opposite of the Northwest climate and soil. It came to us as a free seed packet with a subscription to National Gardening magazine. I liked the size and flavor, and soon a cross was born. I've called it 'Home Stoop' for years. Semi-determinate vines to 6-7', somewhat flattened fruits can reach 4" across, with a cross section netted with small juicy locules. Great slicer. Farm Original Variety!
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Mrihani Basil

Mrihani Basil

A completely new basil favor for me, compliments of James Young, our plant dye guy. 'Mrihani' has a Thai origin I'm told, where the fruity sweet flavor (is that bubblegum?) would fit mysteriously in the aroma of dishes. I'm also told that this variety shows resistance to downy mildew of basil, which would be significant to basil breeders dealing with this serious problem. I see that it has traits reminiscent of 'Purple Ruffles' basil, which piques my interest when I put it all together. I've already made the cross. Limited seeds for 2017.
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Bubikopf Endive & Escarole

Bubikopf Endive & Escarole

This escarole is intended for planting from June through September, for corresponding harvests from October through December. Olive oil, salt, a pan.
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Capillina Endive & Escarole

Capillina Endive & Escarole

The Italian version of frisée (riccia) intended for autumn sowing and winter harvest of large heads. Well grown plants sown in early October may reach 18" diameter by December holidays. Sequential sowings into January will give continued harvests through April. Tie heads 2 weeks before harvest for the the largest blanched hearts.
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New Flowers in 2016

Flowers for pollinators, gardens, and cutting.

Navajo Tea Navajo Tea

Navajo Tea Navajo Tea

A low-growing, big-flowering, eye-catching native species suitable for pathway borders. Also known as Hopi tea or Greenthread, Navajo Tea is an important medicinal plant in the southwestern US. The entire plant, filiform leaves and yellow petals, can be used as a yellow dye source and an herbal tea that alleviates aches and pain. Luteolin, one of the flavonoids found in Navajo Tea, is notable for its anti-inflammatory effects.
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Ghost Pipes Nicotiana

Ghost Pipes Nicotiana

I love having scented flowers around regular work stations or along frequented paths. Nicotiana knows how to take care of herself. Once transplanted into place it making a carefree border or filling a difficult corner. Grows to 5’ by the end of autumn. Space transplants 12” or more apart. Long tubular ghost-white flowers are gorgeous en mass, glowing as dusk gathers in the heavy fragrance.
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Hopi Black Dye Sunflower

Hopi Black Dye Sunflower

Gorgeous multi-use Hopi heirloom with bright yellow petals that contrast beautifully against the dark centers. These tower 7-11 feet with terminal heads more than a foot across, and smaller axillary blooms. The large seeds are great for snacking, but the real treasure is in the dark hulls that can be used to obtain a spectrum of purple to grey dyes. Smaller side flowers are perfect for cut arrangements.
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Aztec Sunset Mix Zinnia

Aztec Sunset Mix Zinnia

This is the short, compact zinnia species, generally 10–15” tall, but very productive on a stems/sq. ft. basis. Also less prone to mildew and other leaf grief. ‘Aztec Sunset’ is a mix of evening colors from orange-red through burgundy and into purple, fully doubled, often bicolored petals tipped in white or yellow.
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Persian Carpet Zinnia

Persian Carpet Zinnia

My introduction to the wonders of compact zinnias. These are so resplendent and low lying that you do wish you could lie down in them to watch the winged life. These are brighter in tone than the ‘Aztec Sunset,’ a mix of solid and bicolor petals in carmine, yellow, deep red, and white fringed shades.
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Dyer's Chamomile Golden Marguerite

Dyer's Chamomile Golden Marguerite

Low maintenance perennial dye plant from the Mediterranean. Leaves are lacy with a bluish-green hue, and bright yellow daisy-like flowers are a punch of sunshine throughout the growing season. Plants spread readily, creating a mat of beautiful foliage and blooms. Dried flowers create a crisp yellow dye that can be over-dyed with indigo or woad for brilliant greens.
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Dyer's Coreopsis Plains Coreopsis

Dyer's Coreopsis Plains Coreopsis

Our population is a mixture of the species type bicolor-petal (red/yellow) flowers, and stunning crimson and yellow-speckled variations that are garden show-stoppers and pigment rich. Flowers are used to obtain rust and mahogany dyes.
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Shades of Gold Mix Marigolds

Shades of Gold Mix Marigolds

Monstrous plants (up to 5 ft) that produce large doubled flowers up to 3” across. Blooms range from limey to lemony yellow, to bold gold and deep orange. Dye produced from fresh or dried flowers produce a spectrum of yellow and orange hues. The large flowers make gorgeous dried garlands that will keep your home cheery through the winter months.
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Mr. Majestic Double Marigolds

Mr. Majestic Double Marigolds

Extravagant yellow and maroon doubled flowers make me think of Mr. Fancypants. These low-growing productive marigolds start blooming early in summer and carry on until frost. Like other French marigolds, these produce root exudates that are the organic alternative to chemical nematicides. Dye from the petals are colorfast rust-toned, and the doubled flowers give you more dye for your effort.
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Goldilocks Rudbekia

Goldilocks Rudbekia

This is the best for showiness of all these dark-eyed gals, with a very fancy hairstyling about the doubled, twisting and curled golden petals. Long strong stems, and a very productive annual.
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