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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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 Posey (Lettuce)  Posey Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
A uniformly small, dark green gem with internal red speckling more pronounced than its sister Lopez. pricing and more info...
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 Really Red Deer Tongue (Lettuce)  Really Red Deer Tongue Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
If the traditional ‘Red Deer Tongue’ leaves you wanting more red, try this first release in a series that combines the heirloom ‘Green Deer Tongue’ with our ‘Hyper Red Rumple Waved’. Leaves are long, pointed, and dark red all over, with a contrasting white midrib. Hard to classify by type. Begins as a unique dark red cutting type, then makes a butter-cos heart. Probably best as a sprin... pricing and more info...
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 Red Ball Jets (Lettuce)  Red Ball Jets Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
When I was a young kid, everyone wore Red Ball Jets on their feet. Summer started with a new pair, and ended with your toes poking through the canvas. The Red Ball in the center of every sole could make you “run faster and jump higher”—perhaps the first claim for athletic enhancement via shoes. Looking down on a maturing bed of this new intensely red lettuce, its round, savoyed, ruffle-edged... pricing and more info...
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 Red Head (Quinoa)  Red Head Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
Our first selection from the original South American introductions of the 1980s. Sturdy high yielding strain with bright pinkish red seed heads, white seeds. Selected to withstand some rain at maturity without seed sprouting in the head, an important new trait in quinoa for North America. pricing and more info...
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Red Nugget Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
Sister line to ‘Pink Nugget’ with dark red seed pericarp, and walnut brown seed beneath. Like the other quinoa we sell, this one will give much brighter seed color if harvested just before the panicles turn brown. pricing and more info...
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 Red To The Heart Romaine (Lettuce)  Red To The Heart Romaine Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
I have several lines of this phenotype, one of which will become the final selection to go with the name. For now this can be considered a type that includes solid rose-red heart leaves, or hearts that are painted in red and gold patterns. At the Portland Breeder's Variety Showcase, bowls or these were mistaken for Treviso chicory hearts. But the taste and texture is all lettuce--crisp, juicy, swe... pricing and more info...
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 Red Ursa (Kale: Ruso-Siberian)  Red Ursa Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
Our first award winner, selected among the top 5 Best New Vegetable Introductions of 1997 in the National Gardening Trials. Combines the broadleaf frills of ‘Siberian’ with the color of ‘Red Russian’. Great raw flavor for salads, especially the young mature leaves of full-grown plants. Gives good fluff to flat salad. Bolting purple stems of overwintered plants are very sweet, colorful, and... pricing and more info...
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 Redder Ruffled Oak (Lettuce)  Redder Ruffled Oak Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
One of our favorite old farm originals from our salad days at Shoulder to Shoulder Farm. We found Redder Ruffled Oak to be our most vigorous grower in cold spring soils, and frost resistant as well. The ruffle comes from a little ‘Lollo Rosso’ in its background, giving its oak leaves frilled edges and a somewhat blistered surface texture. pricing and more info...
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 Redpar (Celery)  Redpar Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
This cutting celery comes from a cross between our 'Redventure' and a fancy cut-leaf celery called 'Parcel'. Stems are long and slim, red with dark green leaves that are puckered and dissected in a parsley-like manner. Used like any cutting celery in cooking, but especially nice as a salad addition, a stirring straw for Bloody Marys, or atop fried eggs. Spring transplant 8-12" apart for repeat har... pricing and more info...
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 Redventure (Celery)  Redventure Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
From our cross between Giant Red and Ventura (the most adaptive and resilient green celery available to the fresh market grower). With ample water and fertility, ‘Redventure’ produces dark to brilliant red stalks with emerald green leaves. Striking blanched stalks can be harvested singly for continuous supply of ideal salad celery, or ful... pricing and more info...
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 Ruby Gold (Orach)  Ruby Gold Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
From a cross of 'Gold and 'Magenta', these versatile plants begin to be stunning at germination and keep it up until they are striking ruby and gold seedheads suitable for bouquets. Microgreens are multicolored, salad leaves are gold with magenta stems and ruby blushes. pricing and more info...
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 Ruby Zoisite (Lettuce)  Ruby Zoisite Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
A standout minihead, dark green with red patterning on the outside, jewel-like blanched reds and gold on the inside. Uniform 6" heads are all heart at maturity. pricing and more info...
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 San Juan (Lettuce)  San Juan Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
This is a great sandwich lettuce. The golden-green red flecked leaves are large, flat, and loosely whorled for easy picking. The size and shape fit a sandwich or bun perfectly. This is something between a leaf lettuce and a romaine. The flavor is mild and sweet. pricing and more info...
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Shades of Belgian Blue Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
From the Belgian Breeders Mix, a broadleaf blue-blushed winter leek, selected especially for resistance to rust, which seems to be an increasing problem in both leek and garlic around here. Still plenty of genetic diversity for further selection in your own location, but this population has a strong expression of blue (to purple) pigments, w... pricing and more info...
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 Shaw (Lettuce)  Shaw Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
Sister variety to 'Fawn', more of a medium green, similar but worth comparing in different locations for taste and performance distinctions. Very uniform. pricing and more info...
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 Snowball Peony (Poppy)  Snowball Peony Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
Doubled white ruffled petals come wrapped in 4 whole outer petals, beautiful to pause and watch unfold. pricing and more info...
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 Solar Flashback Mix (Calendula)  Solar Flashback Mix Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
A distinctive new family of flash, selected to highlight contrast between bright light yellows, pinks, and solid red or maroon. A special treat for those who love calendula, but want a rest from orange. 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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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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 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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 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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 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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 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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 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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 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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 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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 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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 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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 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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 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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