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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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 Dragon Tongue/Ho-Mi Z (Mustard: Pungent)  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 Dapple Density (Lettuce)  Dubya Dapple Density Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
The tightest, tiniest, most glossy, two-toned, wavy-margined mini-romaine I've ever seen. Half the size of a 'Winter Density', and maybe twice as dense--a really compact, crisp, and flashy executive lettuce with a densely blanched pinkish heart. Summer bolt resistant, and fully resistant to downy mildew. 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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 Eclipse (Mustard: Pungent)  Eclipse Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
Dark green deeply incised leaves with broad white petioles and spicy flavor. Not mossy frilled, more whole in outline with deep cuts from the margins to the midribs. Cold hardy winter greens for stir fry or salad mix. Still some variation here, but beautiful in form and useful from fall through spring. pricing and more info...
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 Elf Ears Oak (Lettuce)  Elf Ears Oak 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. pricing and more info...
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 Emerald Oak (Lettuce)  Emerald Oak Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
One of our 2003 farm-original releases, and we still really like it. A very tidy and compact jewel green oakleaf that matures into a dense buttery-hearted head. Leaves are perfect salad size from either baby or mature heads. From a cross between Blushed Butter Oak and Deer Tongue, this variety captures some of the best taste and texture qualities of ... pricing and more info...
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Endeavor Endive Mix Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
NEW FOR 2021! A bit of a roundabout way to end up with an endive mix, but this comes out of the Chicendive project, originally a cross of chicory by endive. This mixed population of endivish forms varies in leaf shape from the finest frisée to robust endive. I expect to see a wide range of low temperature tolerances, leaf textures, and head sizes. For the intrepid salad grower or on-farm plant explorer. This s... pricing and more info...
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Escapade Escarole Mix Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
NEW FOR 2021! This is the broadleaf counterpart to ‘Endeavor’ Endive, smooth leaves with entire, uncluttered margins, forming nicely hearted heads. Like all escarole and endive, these are best planted for maturation in the cooling shortened days of autumn, or with season extension, holding into winter. Spring plantings are of ephemeral utility, but can fill a need for early salad diversity. pricing and more info...
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 Estate (Tomato)  Estate 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". pricing and more info...
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 Faster (Strawberry Spinach)  Faster Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
Wild Chenopodiums all have erratic seed germination, due largely to variable thickness of the seed coat. This strain has undergone several generations of selection for faster sprouting and faster growing seedlings. pricing and more info...
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 Fawn (Lettuce)  Fawn Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
A uniformly small, dark green gem with red speckling, 6" across at maturity. pricing and more info...
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 Fine Speckled Oak (Lettuce)  Fine Speckled Oak 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. pricing and more info...
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 Fingerhead GP (Quinoa)  Fingerhead GP Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
NEW FOR 2020! This interesting variation in seedhead formation popped out of our breeding population in 2018, probably originating in either Kaslala or WSU germplasm. The panicle appears to be comprised of many upward pointing fingers (or dreads, or foxtails, or flames). My initial attraction was aesthetic, then I thought about airflow through the mature seedhead, and only later did I appreciate some large-seed... pricing and more info...
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 Fireball Mix (Zinnia)  Fireball Mix Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
The commercial zinnia 'Peppermint Stick' isn't very true to its name, having as many red-striped golden yellows (and unstriped white and yellow variations) as it does namesake red-striped whites. Those red-gold doubles are a tempting item for isolation, but I suspect that there is considerable genetic instability in that bicolor form. Thi... pricing and more info...
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 Flashback Mix (Calendula)  Flashback Mix Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
Our calendula “Mother of Gene Pools,” named for the flashy red or maroon backs of the petals, which are orange, apricot, peachy, vanilla, or yellow on the facing side-sometimes bicolored or tricolored! At sunset, petals fold up for the night, revealing their flashy backsides. A blooming strip of this helps slow traffic past the farm. pricing and more info...
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 Flashy Butter Gem (Lettuce)  Flashy Butter Gem Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
Latest of the ‘flashy’ red splashed series, this one a Little Gem-like butter-cos that forms a fat short-leafed football of a lettuce, splattered throughout by crimson. Perfect leaves for high-yield salad crop, or for dense baby heads. Great taste, texture, and color. pricing and more info...
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 Flashy Butter Oak (Lettuce)  Flashy Butter Oak Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
Released first by our Fedco friends in 2005. We’ve been working toward this blend of ‘Flashy Troutback’ and ‘Emerald Oak’ ever since I laid eyes on the ingredients, circa 1999. This is the first of several variations on the “speckled oakleaf” theme that are in the works. This one combines flashy red splashes with emerald green oak leaves in a compact head. Texture is crisp and butter... pricing and more info...
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 Flashy Lightning Butter-Oak (Lettuce)  Flashy Lightning Butter-Oak Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
Stand Back!! This stuff is hot and in a hurry. A quick heading butter with compact dark green oak leaves, flashy-splashed with dark red, that becomes a beautiful pink in the big blanched heart. First flashes into a unique mini-head, then folds into a dense butter-heart before bolting. A unique blast of lettuce traits. Teen-rated very low on bitterness. pricing and more info...
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 Flashy Trout Back (Lettuce)  Flashy Trout Back Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
This is our own selection derived from the variable cos heirloom ‘Forellenschluse’ (Austrian for “speckled like a trout’s back,” aka ‘Freckles’ in some catalogs) and it has received rave ratings from past trial seasons. ‘Flashy Trout Back’ is uniformly and densely splattered with bright red splashes on a medium green background. Blanched hearts of mature plants look like ‘Cast... pricing and more info...
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 Freedom Mix (Lettuce)  Freedom Mix Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
This is a special gene pool created from lettuces that were identified in the GTF Lettuce Disease Trials of 2002-2004. The three year project, also called the "Hell's Half-Acre lettuce trial," identified the most disease resistant lettuces out of 40 commercial, heirloom, and farm-original varieties. Crossing these disease resistant types (inc. ‘Merlot... pricing and more info...
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 French Vanilla (Quinoa)  French Vanilla Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
Named for the appearance of the large seedheads that look like overloaded ice cream cones. Selected out of 'Brightest Brilliant', this new variety reaches 6-7' tall with little branching when spaced a foot apart in rows 16" apart. The large heads ripen uniformly, making harvest more straight-forward than in varie... pricing and more info...
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 Frilled Dragon Magma Mix (Mustard: Pungent)  Frilled Dragon Magma Mix Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
A combination of three favorite pungent mustards, including crosses between them. 'Gold Frills', 'Dragon's Tongue', and 'Magma' make a textured and colorful spicy blend for stir fry or salad mix. The contrasts in leaf color, shape, surface texture, midribs, and sweetness or pungency create an exotic range of mustard diversity. pricing and more info...
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 Funny Cut Mix 2020 (Lettuce)  Funny Cut Mix 2020 Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
NEW FOR 2021! A cross of ‘Jester’ X ‘Fine Cut Oak’ in the 3rd generation, making for an extremely diverse collection of plant forms. One of the goals is a “frisée form” lettuce, and there is a lot of this to choose from in this generation. On the “whole leaf” end of the genetic spectrum are some miniature heads comprised of small leaves with moss-frilled margins. Between these extremes are endl... pricing and more info...
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 Gatherer's Gold Sweet Italian (Peppers)  Gatherer's Gold Sweet Italian Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
This was the total surprise. We did not expect the bright red hybrid parent of our pepper project to generate beautiful golden versions of the Italian. Large plants with long wrinkled tapered fruits and few seeds. Remains gold even at full maturity. Mature 102 days post-trans. at OSU/Corvallis OR. pricing and more info...
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 Gildenstern (Lettuce)  Gildenstern Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
A golden green sidekick to Rosencrantz, forming icy crisp heads that are suitable for individual salads. A good year-round mini-heading lettuce, even suitable for autumn harvest from early August sowings. Resistant to tip burn, downy mildew, and sclerotinia, slow bolting. The latest release of the “Merlox” derivations, combining ... pricing and more info...
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 Glossy (Epazote)  Glossy Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
A refined selection with smooth green leaves and stems, uniformly aromatic and productive. Rodrigo, our Oaxacan-born field manager, says this is better than his home village kind. pricing and more info...
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 Golden Afternoon (Quinoa)  Golden Afternoon Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
A new variety from crossing Oro d' Valle with lines from Washington State University's breeding program. Seeds are a sunny yellow fresh from the plant, and have good resistance to head sprouting in trials for 2 years running. pricing and more info...
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 Golden Apple (Peppers)  Golden Apple Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
Out of Stocky Gold popped this nearly round little pepper that fits in the palm of your hand. Makes a good snack, maybe the right size to entice kids to take up sweet peppers as finger food. pricing and more info...
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 Great Wave Miike (Mustard: Pungent)  Great Wave Miike Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
Reselection of the traditional ‘Miike Giant’ strain for especially large tender petioles, and for tender bolted stems with a characteristic undulating “snaky” growth habit. Flavor is very sweet and hot. Leaves are short and broad with smooth margins, wide midribs, and red veins on a light green surface. Can be planted for baby salad anytime, but full heads are at best as a fall crop. Fully... pricing and more info...
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