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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
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
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
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
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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 Belgian Breeder's Winter Mix (Leeks)  Belgian Breeder's Winter Mix Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
This came to me unsolicited from a fellow breeder years ago--a beautiful F6 population of winter leeks, ready for selection into varieties with distinct traits. I'm passing this opportunity on to others in this F7 population, a wondrous blend of leek colors, leaf widths, shaft lengths and diameters. This is a real gift to the organic community at a time when OP leeks are disappearing and their qua... 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 MacGregor'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 Island (Lettuce)  Big Island 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. pricing and more info...
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 Blondie (Lettuce)  Blondie Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
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
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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 Blushed Icy Oak (Lettuce)  Blushed Icy Oak Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
Selected from 'Blushed Butter Oak' parentage for crisp leaves, almost iceberg-ish in texture, but with a lot more flavor. Bright pink blushed leaves are strongly tri-lobed with juicy pink midribs. 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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 Buffy (Quinoa)  Buffy Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
NEW FOR 2019! This buff colored seed variety is the first release from crosses between our 'Oro de Valle' and material from the WSU quinoa breeding program. Selected most recently for high yield and stem strength, an important trait combination. We will be testing this for high amylopectin content (like its parent, Oro de Valle), for use as a processing/n... 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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 Camo Savoy Gem (Lettuce)  Camo Savoy Gem Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
NEW FOR 2019! This is a tight little jewel throwing a lot of color, red on green leaves are puckered and crisped, creating texture and a thick leaf with good flavor. Small enough with tight spacing for single serving split-head salad. 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
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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 Cocoa Cherry (Quinoa)  Cocoa Cherry Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
NEW FOR 2019! From crosses between our 'Cherry Vanilla' and WSU material, a first release with a mixture of milk chocolate brown and cherry red seeds. Selected for yield and stem strength in 2018. 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 Hank Keogh’s inspiration to backcross a ‘Rainbow Lacinato’ variant with its ‘WGS Lacinato’ ancestor. The result is Hank’s 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... pricing and more info...
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 Delft Perpetual (Leeks)  Delft Perpetual Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
NEW FOR 2019! Selected out of 'Delft' for a propensity to self-propagate by cloving garlic-like offsets around the root plate. A real "permaculture leek" if harvested by carefully cutting the leek above the root or allowing unharvested leeks to flower before cutting back. New leeks appear in clumps around the base of each mother plant, forming long tender... pricing and more info...
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 Delicata Zeppelin (Winter Squash)  Delicata Zeppelin Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
Have any other fresh market growers had a dreaded case of “bitter poison Delicatas?” GTF’s padrone, John Eveland, had more than one market customer approach him in autumn of 2000 with terrifying accounts of throat clenching bitterness from a single bite of his perfect Delicata squash. The victims were so emphatic, the threat of legal action so palpable, that John began calling every Delicata... pricing and more info...
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