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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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 Wild Garden Pungent Mix (Mustard: Pungent)  Wild Garden Pungent Mix Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
A mix of all the above plus unreleased breeding material from experimental crosses. Bunches of this look like vegetable bouquets. Perfect for salad mix diversity. Leaf colors are golden, green, striped red, and solid purple; leaf margins are frilly, dissected, toothed to entire; leaf surfaces glossy, smooth, savoyed, and blistered; flavors sweet, pungent, and hot. Shuffle and stir these traits. Th... pricing and more info...
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 Wild Red (Kale: Ruso-Siberian)  Wild Red Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
The return of an old theme, first composed by GTF padrone John Eveland in 1998, when he selected his favorite red types from a patch of 'Wild Garden' kale, then let them flower together. The results were spectacular for the depth of color, the wide range of leaf shapes, and the degrees of dissection that the leave... pricing and more info...
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 Wrinkled Crinkled Crumpled (Cress, Garden)  Wrinkled Crinkled Crumpled Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
Our most popular original variety ever, currently sold by all of our commercial catalog accounts, and the subject of many personal heartfelt raves. From a cross between ‘Persian’ and ‘Curly’ cress, the leaves of this unique type are held erect for easy cutting and cleaner product. The twisted, crisped, and savoyed texture give these leaves unexpected heft and toothsomeness for a little g... pricing and more info...
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 Yella Bella (Peppers)  Yella Bella Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
Like 'Bella Red', a crumpled and twisted Italian type with thinner walls, intended more for fresh salad use or light saute than roasting. Creates interesting shapes for presentation when sliced crosswise. pricing and more info...
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 Zeb Romaine (Lettuce)  Zeb Romaine Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
Tall bullet head romaine with well closed tops that make tight savoyed hearts. A little uptight compared to the other heads on these pages--more Mediterranean isle style than Pacific isle style, if you follow me. More Plato, less Manoa. If you speak lettuce, you know what I'm sayin. pricing and more info...
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