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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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 Kilauea (Lettuce)  Kilauea Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
From the Island Gems gene pool, compact dark green with red slashes, becoming red in the center leaves as it completes heading. Glossy, dense, crisp, flavorful. pricing and more info...
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 Lacinato Rainbow (Kale: European)  Lacinato Rainbow Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
From a cross of Lacinato Redbor hybrid kale we’ve selected this diverse population that includes the leaf qualities that Lacinato is loved for, overlain with hues of red, purple, and blue-green. More vigorous and cold hardy than Lacinato. Some plants will perennialize in the Pacific Northwest. pricing and more info...
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 Lantern (Peppers)  Lantern Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
In my mind I call this elongate pointed bell Crayola® Orange-Red, my favorite color in grade school--but that might be infringement. But it also looks like a glowing Japanese lantern, a name that came easily. A good stuffing pepper, walls not too thick, and so productive that trellis would be a good idea, especially in tunnels. pricing and more info...
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 Lava Dome GP (Lettuce)  Lava Dome GP Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
A crisphead gene pool with red stripes and splashes, variable for head size at this point, from full sized to tight mini heads. Comes out of Lava Lamp, with the same internal blanched and rose red patterning. Quite unique in the crisphead category. This GP version will soon yield to large and small types with their own names. If you like variation wi... pricing and more info...
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 Lava Lamp Romaine (Lettuce)  Lava Lamp Romaine 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." pricing and more info...
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 Lepo Gem (Lettuce)  Lepo Gem Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
Compact, rounded, medium green leaves with spots from it Leopard forebears, this is another of the Island Gems with many Manoa qualities and a butter-romaine texture. pricing and more info...
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 Lollo di Vino (Lettuce)  Lollo di Vino Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
We first noticed this compact little “Lollo-type” leaf lettuce within the somewhat variable curls of our original ‘Merlot’ stock seed. The leaves are very dark purple, small and round with the characteristic hyper-crisped frilly margins of the finest Lollo lettuces, but it seems impervious to downy mildew. 125 years ago, these supercurled typ... pricing and more info...
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 Magenta Sunset (Quinoa)  Magenta Sunset Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
This year's selection was made for yield and stem strength, following two years of selection for head sprouting resistance. This strain is 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 mature. Dru Rivers at Full Belly Farm in Guinda, CA pioneered the introductio... pricing and more info...
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 Manoa Leopard (Lettuce)  Manoa Leopard 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 'Leop... pricing and more info...
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 Manoa Ocelot (Lettuce)  Manoa Ocelot Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
This could have been named “Mini Manoa Leopard,” but we’ve learned that this invites confusion. A variety with great flavor and crunch within a small frame, can easily be spaced 8” within the row, probably 6” is sufficient. Leaves are thick, savoyed, golden green spotted with red that extends into the blanched heart. pricing and more info...
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 Mayan Jaguar (Lettuce)  Mayan Jaguar Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
The bigger framed cos of these two spotted cats. Dark red splashes are in high contrast over dark green ruffled leaves, wrapped into a tight upright head, with that bone crusher romaine crunch. The blushed hearts are pink as rose petals. This is a unique and beautiful romaine fountain of lettuce. pricing and more info...
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 Merlox Minigreen (Lettuce)  Merlox Minigreen Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
A miniature 'iceberg' type from the Merlox variations. forming heads about softball size that make nice one or two-serving salads. Leaves are sweet and crisp for cutting salads even before head formation, with rounded margins. Strong mildew resistance and a beautiful gloss inherited from 'Merlot' Good stuff. pricing and more info...
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 Mint Vanilla (Quinoa)  Mint Vanilla Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
New selection out of 'Brightest Brilliant', bright white-headed quinoa with very white seeds in a green-tinged panicle. pricing and more info...
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 Mizspoona Salad Select (Mustard: Mild)  Mizspoona Salad Select Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
This is a careful reselection of our original ‘Mizspoona’ gene pool (from ‘Mizuna’ x ‘Tatsoi’). Dark to emerald green leaves, round to flattened petioles, pinnately dissected leaves with pointed teeth or rounded lobes. Our best “any season” Asian green, for spring or autumn sowing. pricing and more info...
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 Moppets (Rudbeckia/Black-Eyed Susan)  Moppets Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
A selection out of ‘Gloriosa Double Daisy’ to maximize the “muppet effect” of these robust tetraploid beauties. ‘Moppets’ (in truth, we call them “muppets,” but can’t sell that) are covered in golden ray flowers, scarcely showing their dark disc heads. Long stems, reaching 3’ in their second year. Still a work in progress. pricing and more info...
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 Morton's Secret Lettuce Mix 2020 (Lettuce)  Morton's Secret Lettuce Mix 2020 Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
This year the concept is wide crosses, made of a diverse genetic mix of Concept x Flashy Butter Oak, Reine d’ Glaces x Jester, Jester x Fine Cut Oak, Red Ball Jets x Wavy Dory. There’s a lifetime of work here awaiting anyone that wants to select unique lettuces in their own home environment, or just eat some amazing heads of lettuce. pricing and more info...
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 Morton's Secret Lettuce Mix 2022 (Lettuce)  Morton's Secret Lettuce Mix 2022 Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
Another year’s collection of unfinished projects. This is a yearly favorite for many, and probably the most sweated over seeds of the year. The year’s mix includes crispleaf, crisphead, and crisp romaines in many shades of red, green, and splattering patterns. Out of the "wavy jets" F4 selections, family R rocked Karen’s salad world, and family Q had such twisty curled margins ... pricing and more info...
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 Morton's Secret Lettuce Mix 2023 (Lettuce)  Morton's Secret Lettuce Mix 2023 Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
NEW FOR 2023! Lettuce seed production took a break this year. I grew out only three on-going breeding projects, and tried one new variety production that didn’t turn out well. We met some new caterpillar pests along the way (lettuce seed army worm) and set a new record for low production. That’s farming. The Secret Mix includes lines from projects entitled “Buffon,” “Karen’s Fave,” “Fuzz Butt,... pricing and more info...
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Morton's Secret Lettuce Mix 2024 Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
NEW FOR 2024! Lettuce seed from this season’s breeding projects and interesting off-types from new releases. Crisp leaf, crispheads, romaines and lanceleaf types from seven different populations. Shades of green, dark reds, splashed and spotted leaves with distinctly dissected, toothed, and wavy margins. Unique lettuce mix from productive compact plants. pricing and more info...
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 Mrihani x Opal F4 Population (Basil)  Mrihani x Opal F4 Population Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
When we first grew 'Mrihani' basil three years ago the toothy savoyed leaves reminded me of 'Ruffles' basil. I wondered if I might recreate 'Purple Ruffles' by crossing 'Mrihani' with Opal basil. Sure enough, the F1 cross looked like a giant version of 'Purple Ruffles' with an extraordinary aroma completely unlike Ruffles. In 2017 the F2 gen... pricing and more info...
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 Nebula (Tomato)  Nebula Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
A vigorous determinate type with red slightly flattened fruits a shade larger than ‘Estate,’ but smaller than ‘Home Stoop.’ The fruit has fasciated locules, which makes a softer, juicier slice than the spoke-like normal locules of ‘Estate’ than make a firm fruit. Heavy yielding. Adapted to moderately warm days and cool nights. pricing and more info...
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 Opalescent (Basil)  Opalescent Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
This is an F5 selection from Mrihani x Opal that looks very much like the original F1 cross. Very darkest purple with large-toothed savoyed leaves, reminiscent in appearance to the AAS winner from the 80s "Purple Ruffles." But the fragrance and taste are completely distinct from sweet basil, and the fruity sweetness and cherry-magenta color ... pricing and more info...
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 Orcas (Lettuce)  Orcas Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
A midi sized gem, about 9" across at full size. Savoyed, medium green with red spotting, short, broad leaves. pricing and more info...
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 Oro de Valle (Quinoa)  Oro de Valle Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
This gold-headed strain has been selected out of our ‘Brightest Brilliant Rainbow’ for growing in the heart of the Willamette Valley. The head is composed of relatively loose seed clusters, which helps prevent molding or head-sprouting in humid conditions. Stocky plants are about 4’ tall at maturity. Seed is golden... pricing and more info...
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 Outredgeous (Lettuce)  Outredgeous Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
This variety is so red that botany students didn’t recognize it as lettuce when they saw it in our breeding nursery back in ‘98, though a crowd did gather to discuss what it might be. A nice upright cut salad variety, forms a loose romaine head at maturity. An outrage of red in the salad bed, becoming a standard for salad growers. I guess this is our hit. In April 2014, Ou... pricing and more info...
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 Pan (Lettuce)  Pan Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
The deep vibrant green of this selection makes me think of the Greek ‘figure and force of nature,’ Pan himself. This comes from a cross of 2 deep red lettuces (‘Pandora’ X ‘Red To The Heart’), but shows not the slightest blush. A dense hearted midi size, about right for 9” spacing, with a texture between butter and romaine. Shows good downy mildew resistance and is slow to bolt. pricing and more info...
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 Peppermint (Quinoa)  Peppermint Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
Some of the whitest seeds we’ve seen in trials in the past 3 years, and exceptionally resistant to wet weather head sprouting. Yield potential is very promising, with larger seeds and strong stems. Panicles are white, stems green with white stripes, growing 5-7 feet tall. Minimal branching with tight spacing. Looks like a winning quinoa pricing and more info...
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Pequena Fave Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
NEW FOR 2024! This is a small version of ‘Karen’s Fave,’ in the midi realm. These can be spaced at 9” apart. Heads are deep wine-red on the exposed parts, bright apple-green inside. pricing and more info...
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 Pink Nugget (Quinoa)  Pink Nugget Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
Named for the seed color and the aggregation of seed clusters in the seedhead. Seed has a semi-durable pink pericarp with a nut brown seed beneath. One of the most beautiful quinoa seed colors we’ve ever seen. These are tending toward larger seed sizes, and provide good opportunity for selection of this trait. Panicles are pink at maturity, and the brightest seed is harvested before the panicles... pricing and more info...
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 Pink Petiole Mix (Mustard: Mild)  Pink Petiole Mix Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
An amazing mix of colors, blonde to emerald leaves with round to flat petioles (“leaf stems”) in pink to purple shades. Cold hardy. Highly recommended for salad mix. Best color and quality from spaced plants or well-thinned rows. Pinkness intensifies with light and cool temperatures. Nitrogen excess usually mutes leaf and stem pigmentation other than green. pricing and more info...
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