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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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 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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 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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 Leopard (Lettuce)  Leopard Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
A smaller framed midi-sized romaine with extra fancy crisping of the leaf margins, extra fancy dappling of glossy dark green leaves by dark red splashes, and a vary high rating for downy mildew resistance. pricing and more info...
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 Lepo Gem (Lettuce)  Lepo Gem Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
NEW FOR 2018! 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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 Little Rosebud Romaine Mix (Lettuce)  Little Rosebud Romaine Mix Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
Red-to-heart breeding stock mated with (little) ‘Pandero’ mini romaine...oh my, imagine the many mini reds. ‘Pandero’ is a solid wine version of Winter Density with great disease resistance and productivity. This mix ranges from the darkest reds into exotic red-splashed variegations. Short leaves are packed into rounded or pointed heads, often rosebud pink, that are quickly parted into gor... pricing and more info...
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 Little Tangerine Bell (Peppers)  Little Tangerine Bell Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
NEW FOR 2018! Very sweet early bells in that especially bright shade of orange we call tangerine. There is still diversity in fruit and plant shape here, some fruits being somewhat pointed, others blocky. Generally, large numbers of small bell fruits borne densely on small framed plants. pricing and more info...
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 Lollo Bozo (Lettuce)  Lollo Bozo Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
This is a Lollo-type with red speckling on the green and blushed leaves, creating a clownish pantaloons effect. A nice variation on the red lollo theme for adding loft to salad mix. Leaves are uniformly salad sized for efficient cutting. 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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 Lopez (Lettuce)  Lopez Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
NEW FOR 2019! A true mini, 6" or less across, dark green with less red splashing inside than the other Islanders. Would make a good single serving lettuce. Somewhat buttery taste and texture. Uniform. 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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 Magma (Mustard: Pungent)  Magma Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
A Shoulder to Shoulder Farm original, circa 1994, from a cross of Osaka Purple with Southern Giant Curled. Leaves are purple on top and green beneath, with very wavy frilled margins. Crinkled and savoyed leaves are great cut salad or bunching green. 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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 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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 Merlox Red Oak (Lettuce)  Merlox Red Oak Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
This is the first release of our newest tribe of lettuce innovation. “The Merlox variations” have all been created using ‘Merlot’ as a parent in combination with other (larger, more flavorful) lettuces. This first offering combines ‘Emerald Oak’ with ‘Merlot’ for a new extreme ... pricing and more info...
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Merry Men Mix Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
This is a colorful crispleaf mix that includes some of my favorite tasting lettuces. A lincoln green background is provided by Robinhood Mix, showing off the ruffled shine of Jester, the eccentric show of Joker, and the many sides of Falstaff. Combining all three of these featured mixes would be a hoot. 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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Morton's Secret Lettuce Mix '16 Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
Shhhhhh! Don’t tell anyone, but this mix contains new stuff that may soon be named and released. We can’t tell you what it is exactly, but there are new lines (with variations) in here. Reds, greens, brights, darks, splashes, blushes, crisps, butters, leafs, heads, and tongues. Soon to be famous? You might be the first to find out. This year’s secret stuff has some l... pricing and more info...
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 Morton's Secret Lettuce Mix '17 (Lettuce)  Morton's Secret Lettuce Mix '17 Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
This year's unfinished cast of future characters includes a green cos comprised of crenate deer tongue leaves, a gorgeous soft cos with painted hearts, rounded little gems with fine red speckling, an open romaine with red spots on golden-green leaves, purple-red butterheads, and something very special that we lost the label for...a secret even from me. pricing and more info...
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Morton's Secret Lettuce Mix '18 Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
NEW FOR 2018! This year's mix is a mature and refined collection of materials I will be sending out for trials at some of your favorite seed companies in the coming year. Nuff said. pricing and more info...
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Morton's Secret Lettuce Mix 2019 Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
NEW FOR 2019! Here are the up and coming for the year--about half of them are mini and midi sized gems in shades from golden to dark spinach green, mostly savoyed and sometimes deeply folded into hearts. Others are from crosses of Oscarde and Cougar, and new twists on Lava Lamp style. 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
NEW FOR 2018! 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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 Oaky Dokey Lollo (Lettuce)  Oaky Dokey Lollo Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
NEW FOR 2018! Dark red oak with deeply cut leaves on a mid-sized frame, suitable for 9" spacing. Savoyed and crisped texture creates a lofty effect. Nothing flat about this lettuce. pricing and more info...
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 Oaky Lollo (Lettuce)  Oaky Lollo Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
A unique combination of compact dark red ‘Lollo di Vino’ and ‘Merlox Red Oak.’ Creates the deepest fluffy red oak you can imagine, on a mini scale. Can be planted 6–8” apart for more intense production. pricing and more info...
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 Oaky Red Splash (Lettuce)  Oaky Red Splash Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
A grand old farm original from my first experiance in lettuce breeding. A sibling to 'Antares', also dating back to 1983, this oakleaf head is very upright with a bronze cast, splashed with irregular red patches. Midribs are often pink, especially when exposed to light by previous harvests. Can form huge heads in fertile ground. Sweeet! pricing and more info...
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Old Growth Palm Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
Growers in the west, where winter slowly becomes spring and spring lasts until after July 4th, commonly winter-sow ‘Lacinato’ kale for earliest transplanting. Spring kale is a welcome addition to first CSA boxes and markets, but by summer, the kale appeal has worn off, and harvest ceases. Some growers till the crop in.... pricing and more info...
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 Orcas (Lettuce)  Orcas Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
NEW FOR 2019! 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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