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Open Source Seed Initiative Pledged Varieties

In April of 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 the original WGS OSSI essay (and follow-up essay) for the details.

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 intellectual property protection in the food sector of life. We have long been involved in an effort to contrive some variation on the use of Creative Commons ‘Copyleft’ and Open Source Software models to provide an open forum use of crop genetics, without fear that corporate entities will patent what others have freely offered. This turns out to be somewhat complex. Seeds are unlike software, words, devices, or even discoveries. To begin with, seeds are alive, while the rest are not. Regardless, these new crop cultivars, their genetics, and the traits they express are freely offered for public use, and 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.

Below is a list of all OSSI pledged varieties available in our catalog. These varieties are designated throughout our website with the OSSI logo: OSSI Logo

The OSSI Pledge:

“You have the right to use these OSSI-pledged seeds in any way you choose. In return, you pledge not to restrict others’ use of these seeds or their derivatives by patents or other means, and to include this Pledge with any transfer of these seeds or their derivatives.”?

Wild Garden Seed appreciates recognition for its breeding work by those who use it.

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 'Canoncito' New Mexico Landrace Chilies (Peppers)  'Canoncito' New Mexico Landrace Chilies OSSI Pledged Variety
These were passed along to us by Loretta Sandoval at the 2014 Organic Seed Growers Conference. We were caught off guard by the rapid growth and precocious flowering of these diverse chilies. For transplants don’t plant too early—perhaps two weeks later than our Italians. Makes thick sets of 3–6” mild thin walled chilies at our coldest location, and no plastic mulch. This year we made dozen... pricing and more info...
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 21st Century Fire (Lettuce)  21st Century Fire Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
NEW FOR 2017! 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. pricing and more info...
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 After Midnight (Poppy)  After Midnight Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
NEW FOR 2018! Four petals in the deepest darkest midnight violet. Pods do not open pores, retaining the chocolate brown seeds for harvest. pricing and more info...
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 Aloha Gem (Lettuce)  Aloha Gem Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
This is the first varietal type to emerge from ‘Manoa x Leopard,’ a glossy ‘Little Gem’ sized, medium green, savoyed, heading lettuce with something like romaine texture. A “personal sized” head that fits well on a plate, and has huge savoyed surface area to hold plenty of dressing. Can be planted 6-8” apart for intensive production. May be harvested at a wide range of maturity, from... pricing and more info...
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 Amphora (Poppy)  Amphora Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
NEW FOR 2018! A simple white poppy with elegant pink crepe margins. This is a "rattlepod" type, useful as a quiet percussion instrument, or as an oilseed variety that won't prematurely spill the seed. Most pods have a graceful amphora shape. pricing and more info...
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 Annie Oaky (Lettuce)  Annie Oaky Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
NEW FOR 2018! A cute little deep red oak with curls on the outside, and a heart of gold on the inside. Combines the dark red and crisped edges of Lollo d' Vino with the compact oak frame of Emerald Oak. 6" spacing like a true mini. pricing and more info...
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 Antares (Lettuce)  Antares Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
One of our first original varieties based on a combination of ‘Salad Bowl’ and ‘Rouge d’ Hiver’. Bright red, extra frilled, fine cut oakleaf, with very upright leaves and vigorous growth. pricing and more info...
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 Aurora (Orach)  Aurora Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
Brightest lights this side of chard. Red, gold, green, pink, carmine, and pure purple with Dayglow radiance. The genes for this were delivered to our breeding nursery by a freak of nature, and introduced to the seed trade in 2002 by Fedco Seed of Maine, and this crazy list. Mountain spinach for merry pranksters. pricing and more info...
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 Bella Italia (Peppers)  Bella Italia Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
These are deep dark red Italian-type peppers, with a ruffled surface and thinner walls than the other Italian kinds we sell. When sliced thinly these make a striking vermillion “vegetable fettuchini” that can be quickly sauteed or stir fried for topping dishes, or used fresh for salads. Fruits 6-8" ripen earlier than our other Italians. pricing and more info...
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Better Beta Mix Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
An equal mix of all the above for instant Beta leaf diversity. Great color splash of young salad leaves. The addition of MacGregorâ??s and a Red X Gold chard mix makes this a better blend of Beta. pricing and more info...
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 Better Devil (Lettuce)  Better Devil Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
A medium red, moderate sized butter-cos derived from 'Devils Tongue.' More compact and uniform than 'Devils Tongue,' especially good for early spring planting. Black seeded. pricing and more info...
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 Big Flame Romaine Mix (Lettuce)  Big Flame Romaine Mix Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
Red-to-heart breeding stock crossed into (big) ‘Crisp Mint’ and ‘Plato II’ romaines. The combinations are striking and delicious, and make a beautiful erect romaine component to salad mix diversity. Aside from the unusual red patterns and rose hearts, there is a full spectrum of green backgrounds, and many patterns of leaf margination, smooth to ruffled. Red color develops early, even unde... pricing and more info...
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 Big Island (Lettuce)  Big Island Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
NEW FOR 2017! 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. pricing and more info...
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 Blondie (Lettuce)  Blondie Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
NEW FOR 2018! Blonde-green heads of loosely packed savoyed leaves. From Manoa x Leopard, but spotless and open headed. A contrarian in her clan. pricing and more info...
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 Bloodstone (Lettuce)  Bloodstone Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
NEW FOR 2017! 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. pricing and more info...
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 Blushed Butter Cos (Lettuce)  Blushed Butter Cos Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
Very popular pink-blushed blend of butterhead and cos qualities. Leaves are dense, buttery, savoyed and folded, nicely proportioned to fit a salad plate, and easy to remove from the head without tearing or bruising. Highly rated for flavor by our customers and the Philomath High School Botany Class, which has conducted detailed trials on our lettuces every year since 1995. If teens like it, it’s... pricing and more info...
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 Blushed Butter Oak (Lettuce)  Blushed Butter Oak Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
Same parentage and color as ‘Blush Butter Cos’ but selected for oakish leaves that wrap a buttery heart. Also highly rated for flavor and cold hardiness by everyone that trials it. I love this stuff. pricing and more info...
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 Brightest Brilliant Rainbow (Quinoa)  Brightest Brilliant Rainbow Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
This diverse selection includes our most striking color choices. Hot pink to royal burgundy, red, orange, yellow, white, green, and every bright combination. Large, branching plants can reach 7’ tall. pricing and more info...
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 Camo Oakheart Mix (Lettuce)  Camo Oakheart Mix Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
There is a complicated history here that began with a ‘Deer Tongue’ that went camo with red spots and a bronze overcast after an unplanned mating with a red-to-heart romaine, only to be made oakish by a chance encounter with Green Oakheart. The resulting genepool is something to behold, ranging in color from deepest solid red to the heart, through all stages of spotting, speckling, and blushin... pricing and more info...
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 Cherry Vanilla (Quinoa)  Cherry Vanilla Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
Beautiful strain with pink and cream heads, and the whitest seeds of any type we’ve tried. Short and quick maturing, unbranched when close planted. Excellent flavor and productivity. This variety is in the running to become a standard for Pacific Northwest quinoa introduction. Good mildew resistance. pricing and more info...
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 Cinnamon Oak (Lettuce)  Cinnamon Oak Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
NEW FOR 2018! Cinnamon red compact oak with a tight blanched heart, not quite a mini, about 10" across. Selected for resistance to tip burn. pricing and more info...
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 Classic Italian (Peppers)  Classic Italian Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
More curvaceous, full bodied, variably crowned, and blunt than the perfect model described above. Proudly less than perfect, but also less rumpled and crumpled than the rustic Italian clan. Earlier than Joeleneâ??s, more refined, but maybe not as sweet. pricing and more info...
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 Cougar Batavian (Lettuce)  Cougar Batavian Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
A smooth, svelt, bronzed batavian lettuce with a crisp juicy texture, sweet in the heat of summer for cutting mix or fresh market heads with creamy hearts. We found this as an errant seedling in a flat of unrelated lettuce. It appears to be one of our batavian types crossed to 'Brown Goldring'--and it tastes that way too. Uniform heads with bronze slightly ruffled leaf margins. pricing and more info...
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 Dazzling Blue (Kale: European)  Dazzling Blue Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
This stunning new blue kale comes from our own Hank Keogh’s inspiration to backcross a ‘Rainbow Lacinato’ variant with its ‘WGS Lacinato’ ancestor. The result, a dazzling blue-green savoyed strap leaf with underturned margins, upright growth, and a striking pink midrib. Eye-catching at the market, and the flavor is “very lacinato.” More winter hardy than any other lacinato-type, as d... pricing and more info...
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 Devils Tongue (Lettuce)  Devils Tongue Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
A dark red spring lettuce with tapered cos-like leaves forming loose heads at maturity. Very buttery texture and thick leaves. Good reports from Texas to the Olympic Peninsula. This is not a pure-line variety, as evidenced by its black and white seeds, but a multiline “landrace” of similar looking (but genetically distinct) sub-lines. Most of our ancestors’ staple crops, their legumes and gr... pricing and more info...
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 Dragon Feathers Mix (Mustard: Indian)  Dragon Feathers Mix Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
NEW FOR 2017! This is what we get after mixing pricing and more info...
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 Dragon Tongue/Ho-Mi Z (Mustard: Indian)  Dragon Tongue/Ho-Mi Z Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
Recently rechristened by our friend Elanor at Persephone Farm, ‘Dragon Tongue’ is our newest mustard recombination, melding the mellow Horned with the sweet and colorful Miike. Slow bolting with high contrast leaves of purple veining on a bright green background, and wide midribs that grow and thicken at maturity, “horning up” into a great stir-fry vegetable. Salad size leaves are texture... pricing and more info...
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 Dubya Green Density (Lettuce)  Dubya Green Density Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
The entire Dubya clan is as clean and disease resistant as it is tiny and dense. All of these very mini-romaines ranked as the most downy mildew resistant strains in the entire field last year. This appears to be horizontal resistance of the highest order, on par with Merlot, one of the clan ancestors. pricing and more info...
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 Dubya Red Density (Lettuce)  Dubya Red Density Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
Just like the dappled 'Dubya', but with a really red shiny overcoat for a smart look. Small even for a mini-head, red to the heart, with a glassy gloss so sharp it could cut itself. pricing and more info...
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 Early Perfect Italian (Peppers)  Early Perfect Italian Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
This is probably what Joelene was really requesting when she asked if I could recreate her favorite hybrid red Italian as an OP variety. These appeared from my "early red" breeding lines this year, and I was as surprised as anyone with its straight smooth shape, like a longer "red roaster" type, including the nicely domed crown, and few seeds. A chef's dream. Easy to clean, roast and peel, a joy t... pricing and more info...
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