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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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 Zeb Romaine (Lettuce)  Zeb Romaine Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
Tall bullet head romaine with well closed tops that make tight savoyed hearts. A little uptight compared to the other heads on these pages--more Mediterranean isle style than Pacific isle style, if you follow me. More Plato, less Manoa. If you speak lettuce, you know what I'm sayin. pricing and more info...
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 Zanzico (Basil)  Zanzico Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
NEW FOR 2023! ‘Zanzico’ comes from a cross of 'Opalescent X Classico', a 4th generation family with large thick leaves up to 2 x 4” in size, convexly rounded, slightly savoyed with broadly toothed margins, somewhat bronzed in color, with light lilac flowers. The East African flavors of ‘Mrihani’ (the seed parent of ‘Opalescent,’ from Zanzibar) meld with sweet Italian ‘Classico’ in this large f... pricing and more info...
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 Yella Bella (Peppers)  Yella Bella 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. pricing and more info...
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 Wrinkled Crinkled Crumpled (Cress, Garden)  Wrinkled Crinkled Crumpled Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
Our most popular original variety ever, currently sold by all of our commercial catalog accounts, and the subject of many personal heartfelt raves. From a cross between ‘Persian’ and ‘Curly’ cress, the leaves of this unique type are held erect for easy cutting and cleaner product. The twisted, crisped, and savoyed texture give these leaves unexpected heft and toothsomeness for a little g... pricing and more info...
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 Wild Red (Kale: Ruso-Siberian)  Wild Red Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
The return of an old theme, first composed by GTF padrone John Eveland in 1998, when he selected his favorite red types from a patch of 'Wild Garden' kale, then let them flower together. The results were spectacular for the depth of color, the wide range of leaf shapes, and the degrees of dissection that the leave... pricing and more info...
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 Wild Garden Pungent Mix (Mustard: Pungent)  Wild Garden Pungent Mix Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
A mix of all the above plus unreleased breeding material from experimental crosses. Bunches of this look like vegetable bouquets. Perfect for salad mix diversity. Leaf colors are golden, green, striped red, and solid purple; leaf margins are frilly, dissected, toothed to entire; leaf surfaces glossy, smooth, savoyed, and blistered; flavors sweet, pungent, and hot. Shuffle and stir these traits. Th... pricing and more info...
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Wild Garden Mild Mustard Mix Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
A mix of all the rapa above, along with other new experimental crosses that are otherwise unreleased. Instant Brassica melange. Viva diversitas! pricing and more info...
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 Wild Garden Lettuce Mix (Lettuce)  Wild Garden Lettuce Mix Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
This is all of it, every lettuce here and in our entire genetic collection, including unreleased materials and things in process. Instant lettuce diversity for cut salad or fresh market racks. This is by far our most popular mix, even sold through other catalogs. Makes an interesting assortment of baby heads. Go crazy with lettuce phenotypics. pricing and more info...
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 Wild Garden Lacinato (Kale: European)  Wild Garden Lacinato Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
Dark blue-green, deeply savoyed strap leaves with under- turned edges. A standout at market, where bunches fly off the shelves. There is broad consensus that this is the best flavored kale for light cooking. This is our reinvigorated strain, widely appreciated for its vigor, flavor, and hardiness. Carol Deppe has recently convinced me that I needed to rechristen this strain as our own ‘Wild ... pricing and more info...
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 Wild Garden Kale Mix (Kale: Ruso-Siberian)  Wild Garden Kale Mix Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
The mother gene pool from which all of these napus kales have been derived. Originated as a cross between ‘Red Russian’ and ‘Siberian’ ca. 1984. Intended for mid-July-Aug sowing, fall cropping, and successful overwintering in milder climates to produce copious leaves and “napini” of various shapes and hues. A genetic gold mine for farmers who wish to select strains adaptable to ... pricing and more info...
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 Wild Garden Fennel Mix (Fennel)  Wild Garden Fennel Mix Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
A returning item, lost for a few years in the move from one location to another. This is a population created by crossing ‘Perfection’ with ‘Bronze’ fennel. This is the F3 generation with a range of leaf colors from bronze to green, and variation for tendency to make bulbing stem... pricing and more info...
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Wild Garden Breeder's Mix 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... pricing and more info...
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 White Russian (Kale: Ruso-Siberian)  White Russian Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
Judged most cold-hardy kale in trials at Garden City Seeds (Montana) circa 1995, and voted the best tasting among farm crews there, at High Mowing Seeds in Vermont, and at Gathering Together Farm. Tolerates water saturated soil better than any other kale we grow, lone survivors in two flood years and the annual low spots. Leaves are dissected like Red Russian, but with whitish stems and veining. ... pricing and more info...
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White Nugget Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
Sister line to ‘Pink Nugget’ but with white seeds. The panicle is pink, comprised of an aggregation of rounded seed clusters that form a large head. I expect segregation of some large seeded types. pricing and more info...
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 Vivid Choi Mix (Mustard: Mild)  Vivid Choi Mix Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
A hardy mix for cold season salad, green and purple leaves, with stems and veins ranging from vivid pink to deep purple to white. Semi-blanched inner leaves are striking additions to the greens of winter. Overwintered plants bolt into 'vivid rapini' from mid-February through March, splendid welcome produce during the "hungry gap" of winter's end. We sow this in mid-September. pricing and more info...
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 Vibrant Ultraviolet (Mustard: Mild)  Vibrant Ultraviolet Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
Straight out of 'Vibrant Joy', this selection has had the descriptive working name "Solid Purple Lobed," which pretty much sums it up. The deepest color manifests in cold weather which turns the intensity "up to 11" on the spectral scale. Midnight purple lobed leaves with that vibrant magenta-violet petiole and veins that characterizes the V... pricing and more info...
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 Vibrant Joy (Mustard: Mild)  Vibrant Joy 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.' pricing and more info...
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 Triple Purple (Orach)  Triple Purple Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
Our most purple kind, deeply savoyed and thick-leaved with a salty flavor that goes great in summer salads. This species loves the heat, and keeps its color when other salad items are fading into pale. pricing and more info...
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 Triangle Flashback/Zeolights (Calendula)  Triangle Flashback/Zeolights Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
Fantastically beautiful, fully doubled blooms are a boiling complex of color, with maroon petal-backs and pastel faces of orange sherbert and pink washing into yellow at the petal bases. pricing and more info...
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 Tall Triloba (Rudbeckia/Black-Eyed Susan)  Tall Triloba Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
NEW FOR 2023! Taller than ‘Triloba Macau’ by a foot or two, with longer stems and a sparser flora display. Leah Rodgers of Indigo Gardens (PDX) recently pointed out that she prefers the longer/sparser look for her cut work, and the denser floral displays for landscapes. This one’s for you, Leah! For any R. triloba, partial shade generates longer stems. This strain reminds me of the native species... pricing and more info...
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 Tall Pink (Larkspur)  Tall Pink Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
NEW FOR 2024! I have always favored pink larkspur when I see them in mixes. I selected this one from a mix for it’s 48-60” height and darker shades of pink that reach into rose. Larkspur is at it’s best and biggest when direct seeded in autumn, and least likely to topple in the wind when grown in firm soil, whether direct seeded or transplanted. Seeding into 50-55 degree soil is optimal for germination, a... pricing and more info...
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 Superior Licorice Mint (Mint: Korean)  Superior Licorice Mint Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
Hardy plants with thick heart-shaped 2” leaves that sun-blush purple during their ideal salad phase. Harvest continually by the leaf or stem tips for judicious use in salad mix, or cut in bunches as you would basil. Purple flower spikes follow the tender eating stage, making sturdy fragrant cut flowers that will hold color and smell even after drying. Migrating birds relish oily seeds from unhar... pricing and more info...
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 Strawberry Oakheart (Lettuce)  Strawberry Oakheart Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
From the outside, this is the darkest red from the ‘Camo Oakheart’ gene pool, small framed plants with long pointed leaves. From the inside, leaves are strawberry red in the heart, and very tender, mild and non-bitter. The bolting stem and leaves are delicious raw or used like celtuce. Space 6-8” apart for best production. pricing and more info...
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 Strawberry Blonde (Calendula)  Strawberry Blonde Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
We have been trying to stabilize this beauty for several years, but she’s been a hard one to settle down. Dark red “flash backsides” with pink and pastel yellow petals facing out with a dark central eye. pricing and more info...
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 Stoplight Yellow (Peppers)  Stoplight Yellow Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
Stoplights ahead, slow down and take a look at these new full-sized bell peppers. This one is bright yellow, very sweet, and thick walled. Makes a good green pepper as well while you wait for the caution color. pricing and more info...
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 Stoplight Red (Peppers)  Stoplight Red Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
Large deep red bell peppers with thick flesh, big lobes, and sweet taste. Also good as a green bell. All of the Stoplight Bells are early ripening. pricing and more info...
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 Stocky Red Roaster (Pepper)  Stocky Red Roaster Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
This is our Red Italian with refinement—selected for straight uncrumpled sides, smooth skin, thicker walls, and a rich red color. By far the quickest for uniform roasting and easy skin removal, and the thicker flesh holds up well to fire. Fruits are 6-7" long, 2¼" broad at the crown, sweet, heavy fruiting, and long keeping. Fewest seeds of all these types. Mature 102 days post-tran... pricing and more info...
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 Stocky Golden Roaster (Peppers)  Stocky Golden Roaster Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
A golden variation on the 'Stocky Red' theme. Broad, smooth, thick-walled, and sweet. These make 6" fruits in early sets, and can yield large numbers of smaller fruits in late sets. Perfect for roasting over coals. The skins roast evenly thanks to the smooth, uncrumpled surface of the fruit, which allows the cuticle to slip off cleanly. pricing and more info...
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Standing Waves Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
NEW FOR 2024! From the population created by crossing ‘Wavy Dory’ to ‘Red Ball Jets,’ comes this family of wavy lanceleaf lettuces in greens, reds, and variously splattered and speckled bicolors. There’s a lot of variation in leaf texture, length, and head conformation; savoy to flat, short to long, straight and upright to curved and compact. Great salad or lettuce mix component. Unbelievable variati... pricing and more info...
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 Speckled Spearpoint (Lettuce)  Speckled Spearpoint Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
A compact lettuce with broadly pointed leaves and a fine red speckling on a gold-green background. From a cross of ‘Manoa’ by a dark red pointed type. Good flavor, unique shape and color, slow to bolt. pricing and more info...
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