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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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 Platonic Romaine (Lettuce)  Platonic Romaine Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
Football shaped romaine heads with great wrapping boat-like leaves, healthy vigorous full sized plants produce gorgeous blanched-green hearts that are crunchy and sweet. If you want to float a tuna or chicken salad on a plate, these Platonic canoes are a perfect conveyance. pricing and more info...
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 Pinot (Lettuce)  Pinot Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
This gorgeous lettuce vintage is extracted out of the same hugely RED ‘Merlot’ variations as ‘Lollo di Vino’ but intermediate between them in head size and curliness. These leaves are highly ruffled and well-sized for salad, the ... pricing and more info...
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 Pink Petiole Mix (Mustard: Mild)  Pink Petiole Mix Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
An amazing mix of colors, blonde to emerald leaves with round to flat petioles (“leaf stems”) in pink to purple shades. Cold hardy. Highly recommended for salad mix. Best color and quality from spaced plants or well-thinned rows. Pinkness intensifies with light and cool temperatures. Nitrogen excess usually mutes leaf and stem pigmentation other than green. pricing and more info...
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 Pink Nugget (Quinoa)  Pink Nugget Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
NEW FOR 2020! Named for the seed color and the aggregation of seed clusters in the seedhead. Seed has a semi-durable pink pericarp with a nut brown seed beneath. One of the most beautiful quinoa seed colors we’ve ever seen. These are tending toward larger seed sizes, and provide good opportunity for selection of this trait. Panicles are pink at maturity, and the brightest seed is harvested before the panicles... pricing and more info...
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 Pink Lettucy (Mustard: Mild)  Pink Lettucy Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
Golden green leaves with parallel veins, fine toothed margins, and purple- pink midribs. Thinned or spaced plantings have the best color and thickest leaves. Mild flavored salad item from seedling through “colorful raab” and edible flower stage. Released in 2005 thru Fedco. pricing and more info...
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 Philosopher’s Mix (Lettuce)  Philosopher’s Mix Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
A strictly Romaine melange of perfect forms, pointy headed off-beats, serious Reds, and wannabe flash. Outredgeous, Plato, Olga, Really Red Deer Tongue, and Flashy Romainesque get together to convey most of the original ideas ideas about being Cos. A cutting salad concept worth speaking out about. pricing and more info...
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 Peppermint (Quinoa)  Peppermint Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
Some of the whitest seeds we’ve seen in trials in the past 3 years, and exceptionally resistant to wet weather head sprouting. Yield potential is very promising, with larger seeds and strong stems. Panicles are white, stems green with white stripes, growing 5-7 feet tall. Minimal branching with tight spacing. Looks like a winning quinoa pricing and more info...
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 Pele (Lettuce)  Pele Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
From 'Manoa x Leopard' this short leaf romaine begins as a dark spotted seedling, then matures into a glossy red, crisp, undulant romaine. Interior a blanched blend of pink and yellow heart. pricing and more info...
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 Oxblood Oak (Lettuce)  Oxblood Oak Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
Out of the Camo Oak series, this maroon red oak has a compact form that creates a dense oakleaf heart of small blanched leaves, 9 inch diameter. pricing and more info...
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 Outstanding (Lettuce)  Outstanding Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
It had to happen; a contender arises to challenge its parentage. This selection came out of our 2003 crop for ‘Outredgeous’, chosen for being a little bigger, tighter, and later to bolt than the rest of the patch. After three more generations of selection for more downy mildew and Sclerotinia resistance, ‘Outstanding’ is ready to contend for title of our best red romaine. Love to hear resu... pricing and more info...
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 Outredgeous (Lettuce)  Outredgeous Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
This variety is so red that botany students didn’t recognize it as lettuce when they saw it in our breeding nursery back in ‘98, though a crowd did gather to discuss what it might be. A nice upright cut salad variety, forms a loose romaine head at maturity. An outrage of red in the salad bed, becoming a standard for salad growers. I guess this is our hit. In April 2014, Ou... pricing and more info...
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 Oro de Valle (Quinoa)  Oro de Valle Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
This gold-headed strain has been selected out of our ‘Brightest Brilliant Rainbow’ for growing in the heart of the Willamette Valley. The head is composed of relatively loose seed clusters, which helps prevent molding or head-sprouting in humid conditions. Stocky plants are about 4’ tall at maturity. Seed is golden... pricing and more info...
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 Orcas (Lettuce)  Orcas Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
NEW FOR 2019! A midi sized gem, about 9" across at full size. Savoyed, medium green with red spotting, short, broad leaves. pricing and more info...
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 Opalescent (Basil)  Opalescent Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
NEW FOR 2020! This is an F5 selection from Mrihani x Opal that looks very much like the original F1 cross. Very darkest purple with large-toothed savoyed leaves, reminiscent in appearance to the AAS winner from the 80s "Purple Ruffles." But the fragrance and taste are completely distinct from sweet basil, and the fruity sweetness and cherry-magenta color ... pricing and more info...
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Old Growth Palm Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
Growers in the west, where winter slowly becomes spring and spring lasts until after July 4th, commonly winter-sow ‘Lacinato’ kale for earliest transplanting. Spring kale is a welcome addition to first CSA boxes and markets, but by summer, the kale appeal has worn off, and harvest ceases. Some growers till the crop in.... pricing and more info...
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 Oaky Red Splash (Lettuce)  Oaky Red Splash Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
A grand old farm original from my first experiance in lettuce breeding. A sibling to 'Antares', also dating back to 1983, this oakleaf head is very upright with a bronze cast, splashed with irregular red patches. Midribs are often pink, especially when exposed to light by previous harvests. Can form huge heads in fertile ground. Sweeet! pricing and more info...
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 Oaky Lollo (Lettuce)  Oaky Lollo Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
A unique combination of compact dark red ‘Lollo di Vino’ and ‘Merlox Red Oak.’ Creates the deepest fluffy red oak you can imagine, on a mini scale. Can be planted 6–8” apart for more intense production. 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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 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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 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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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 '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 '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 '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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 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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 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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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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 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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 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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 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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