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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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 Karma (Peppers)  Karma Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
How’s your karma? Judge by your fruitfulness. If you would like to enhance that, try the latest fruit from our ongoing “out of hybrid” Italian pepper breeding project. This more refined red Italian type is a bright orange-red (Crayola scale), smooth walled, 6-7” long, sweet salad, frying or roasting pepper. ‘Karma’ comes out of ... pricing and more info...
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 Kas Red (Quinoa)  Kas Red Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
NEW FOR 2020! A “red seeded” line derived from ‘Kaslala’ with somewhat larger seed than our original varieties. The red color is a semi-durable pericarp that surrounds a dark seed. More red color is retained if seed is harvested while the panicles are still bright red, just before turning brown. pricing and more info...
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 Kas White (Quinoa)  Kas White Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
NEW FOR 2020! At the opposite end of the pigment spectrum from ‘Kas Red’, this is a pure white derivation from the original ‘Kaslala’ variety we got through Bountiful Gardens. We have a large seeded selection from this population that we’ll be testing next year. pricing and more info...
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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
NEW FOR 2020! 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
NEW FOR 2020! 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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 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
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
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 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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 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
NEW FOR 2020! 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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 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
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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 Morton's Secret Lettuce Mix 2020 (Lettuce)  Morton's Secret Lettuce Mix 2020 Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
NEW FOR 2020! 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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 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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 Oaky Dokey Lollo (Lettuce)  Oaky Dokey Lollo Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
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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