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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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 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 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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 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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 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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 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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 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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 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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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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 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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 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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 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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 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 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 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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 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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 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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 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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 Redpar (Celery)  Redpar Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
This cutting celery comes from a cross between our â??Redventureâ?? and a fancy cut-leaf celery called â??Parcel.â?? 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 8â??12â?? ap... 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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 Red-Earred Butterheart (Lettuce)  Red-Earred Butterheart Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
Sounds like an embarrassed suitor in springtime, but here’s a new selection from the ‘Really Red Deer Tongue’ tribe, with dark red pointed leaves that are shorter, broader, more buttery and folded than RRDT. Like its parent, introduced through the Fedco catalog. 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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 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 Nugget Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
NEW FOR 2020! 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 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 Butter Romaine (Lettuce)  Red Butter Romaine Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
From a cross between Outredgeous and Sucrine, a plant with intensely red upright outer leaves surrounding a buttery yellow green interior, with a rosy heart. The full-sized heads are like a nested treasure to unwrap. Sweet buttery soft interiors, with crisper outer leaves. Good resistance to downy mild... 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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 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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 Rana (Lettuce)  Rana Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
Somehow this medium green, dark red spotted, rounded and savoyed lettuce reminded me of a 9" tall, 9" wide, frog. There, I said it. But it's a beauty on the inside, with a big well blanched heart of substantial leaves. pricing and more info...
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 Posey (Lettuce)  Posey Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
NEW FOR 2019! A uniformly small, dark green gem with internal red speckling more pronounced than its sister Lopez. pricing and more info...
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 Pleated Tangerine (Peppers)  Pleated Tangerine Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
NEW FOR 2020! Large bell peppers with a ruffled or pleated shape caused by extra carpel formation. Fruits are mostly pointed, with some exceptions having lobed ends. pricing and more info...
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