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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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 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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 Rosencrantz (Lettuce)  Rosencrantz Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
More compact and refined than those other fools, tightest and crisp in the head. Dark red blush and red splashes blanch to pink in the tightly folded convolutions of the heart. A brilliant actor that can stand alone on a salad plate, or stand up to bold flavors served with it. Great downy mildew resistance even under strong disease pressure, and a good choice for late summer/fall lettuce. Makes a ... pricing and more info...
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 Rosy Rapa Greens (Mustard: Mild)  Rosy Rapa Greens Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
An introduction of a new mustard mix with truly rose-pink stems and bright green leaves. Leaf shapes are similar to our ‘Mizspoona Mix,’ but with a whole different color profile. This is the first really roseate-stemmed mustard on the market. 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 Oaklet (Lettuce)  Ruby Oaklet Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
Dark, shining, and deeply red, this mini oak makes well proportioned palm-sized leaves that blanch to rose pink in the heart. Space 8-9" apart. pricing and more info...
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 Ruby Vase (Lettuce)  Ruby Vase Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
The pointed leaves are upright, forming vase-like heads of the darkest kind of red, many having rose pink hearts from our â??red to the heartâ?? breeding lines. Selected against tip burn. 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
NEW FOR 2019! 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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 Sea of Romaine Mix (Lettuce)  Sea of Romaine Mix Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
How many ways are there to be a green romaine? What if every head of romaine was as unique as every person on the street? Like migrations of humanity converged on a world capital, a sea of romaine as diverse as the rivers that feed it. Thatâ??s how this blend of green selections from romaine crosses will make you feel. From miniheads to full size, golden to jade, edges as smooth as knives, to ser... pricing and more info...
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Shades of Belgian Blue Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
NEW FOR 2019! 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
NEW FOR 2019! 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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 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 Bell Mix (Peppers)  Stoplight Bell Mix Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
Independent breeder Doug Jones of North Carolina gave me a packet of F2 pepper seed a couple years ago from the cross of our 'Little Bells' by an orange bell. The color range from this cross is a spectrum with light and dark greens, bright yellow, tangerine, true orange, crayola red-orange, and red. They range in size from little bells to gr... pricing and more info...
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 Stoplight Orange (Peppers)  Stoplight Orange Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
NEW FOR 2020! This was the color I was looking for in a big bell. Goes from dark green to a true rich orange. Thick walls, super sweet, large lobes, and very early for bell peppers in western Oregon. Many thanks to Darrel Jones of Hamilton, Alabama, for making the cross between a big orange bell and our ‘Little Bells,’ and sending us some F2 seed. And yes, there is an orange ... pricing and more info...
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 Stoplight Red (Peppers)  Stoplight Red Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
NEW FOR 2020! 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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 Stoplight Yellow (Peppers)  Stoplight Yellow Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
NEW FOR 2020! Stoplights ahead, slow down and take a look at these new full-sized bell peppers. This one is bright yellow, very sweet, and thick walled. Makes a good green pepper as well while you wait for the caution color. 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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 Sunshine Flashback (Calendula)  Sunshine Flashback Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
Long bright yellow petals with flashy red backsides are gorgeous in salads or a vase. Single or half-doubled blooms on 12-18” plants. Derived from Flashback, and part of the Johnnys’ Flashback Series. 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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 Sweet Sunset Italian Mix (Peppers)  Sweet Sunset Italian Mix Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
A blend of yellow, orange, and red Sweet Italians that create a gorgeous meld of color display at market. Many subtle trait variations on the Italian theme, with shoulder type, wall thickness, length, and tip-bluntness at play. Terrific salad peppers with few seeds and rich saturated color. Early setting and long bearing plants get to 24" tall. Mature 102-116 days post-trans. at ... pricing and more info...
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 Tall Oaks Mix (Lettuce)  Tall Oaks Mix Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
When oaks are crossed by romaines, they can develop some big and upright attitudes, and very fancy ears. This genetic family has terrific traits from ‘Crisp Mint’ romaine, including a slightly savoyed texture, crunchy midribs, clear green color and sweet taste. Some of these have long terminal leaf lobes that remind me of elf ears. pricing and more info...
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 Total Clown (Lettuce)  Total Clown Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
I found this multi-hued romaine as a volunteer on the fringes of a breeding plot several years ago. I didn’t plant it, but I know its Momma. Many subtle variations on red streaked and splashed romaine heads, some with rose-pink hearts. pricing and more info...
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 Treasure Isle (Lettuce)  Treasure Isle Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
Mounded, rounded heads of golden-green, ruby splattered savoyed leaves, midsized or larger. When the red pigment is overlain on light green, the effect is especially bright. 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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 Vibrant Ultraviolet (Mustard: Mild)  Vibrant Ultraviolet Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
Straight out of 'Vibrant Joy', this selection has had the descriptive working name "Solid Purple Lobed," which pretty much sums it up. The deepest color manifests in cold weather which turns the intensity "up to 11" on the spectral scale. Midnight purple lobed leaves with that vibrant magenta-violet petiole and veins that characterizes the V... pricing and more info...
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