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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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 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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 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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 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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 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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 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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 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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 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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 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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 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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 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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 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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 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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 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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 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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 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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 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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 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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 Joker (Lettuce)  Joker Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
First cousin to 'Jester', but more extreme in its attributes. Forms a tighter head of deeply savoyed leaves with bold red splashes and large-toothed margins with coarse crenation. Thick leaves have a firm, crisp texture and terrific flavor. Like ‘Jester,’ this is an-all season lettuce with excellent heat and cold resistance. Our autum... pricing and more info...
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 Joelene's Rustic Italian (Peppers)  Joelene's Rustic Italian Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
When we started our "farmer's Italian" red pepper project, this is pretty much what we had in mind—a brilliant red with smooth skin, medium thick walls, strong shoulders, fruits averaging 8-9 inches long, tapering to a slightly blunted tip. An early, sweet frying and roasting pepper that keeps long after final harvests in October—we are usually eating these for breakfast with egg... pricing and more info...
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 Jimi's Snowflakes (Poppy)  Jimi's Snowflakes Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
Crystal white petals with ice-cut edges, tan seed pods with nut-brown seeds, non-bitter and delicious. pricing and more info...
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 Jimi's Purple Haze (Poppy)  Jimi's Purple Haze Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
Out of the 'Jimi's Flag' poppy mix, purple petals with dark purple splotches. Purple pods have dark seeds. pricing and more info...
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 Jimi's Flag Mix (Poppy)  Jimi's Flag Mix Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
A color spectrum right off a Hendrix album cover; saturated crimson petals w/ deep purple splashes, solid indigo petals, rosy pinks dappled with white, and a few solid white flowers. Seed color varies from pod to pod, coal black to vanilla, with nut browns and blues in between. Bees go bonkers for poppy pollen, you’ll love the rich tasting seeds. From the cross Danish Flag x Purple Frille... pricing and more info...
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 Jimi's Flag (Poppy)  Jimi's Flag Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
Four brilliant scarlet feather-edged petals with deep hazy purple bases on 4' tall stems. This is the namesake variety for the Jimi's Flag Mix we've sold for a few years, the type that made me first think "Jimi's flag..." This comes from a cross of the old 'Danish Flag' by 'Purple Peony.' Dark seeds, attractive pods with opening pores. pricing and more info...
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 Jewel Box Mix (Lettuce)  Jewel Box Mix Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
A mixture of the best lines out the 'Camo Oakheart' and 'Camo Gem backgrounds, this gathering is comprised of small-leaf, densely heading plants with hearts of ruby, emerald, bloodstone, and topaz. Space 8" apart, grow to maturity, cut or pick hearts into jewel-like salad leaves. Can be hand picked for ... pricing and more info...
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 Jester (Lettuce)  Jester Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
OK--this is it. This is my favorite lettuce of all time. Not quite perfect yet, but this triple cross between Reine d’ Glaces, Merlot, and Flashy Troutback has most of what I love in lettuce. Crisp as ice, glossy, juicy as an apple, perfectly ... pricing and more info...
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 Jagger (Mustard: Pungent)  Jagger Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
A purple-red leaf mustard with a broadly rounded projecting shape, small dentate edges, and slight surface texture. Enough heat for a good mustard flavor, but mild enough for salad mix. Something about these leaves reminds me of The Stones. Limited Supply. pricing and more info...
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 Jadeite (Lettuce)  Jadeite Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
From a cross of Winter Density with Dark Green Romaine, these were some of the tidiest, least bitten, most downy mildew free plants in the lettuce growout this year. Unique matte green color, with blanched yellow hearts, these small romaine can be spaced 9" apart. Frost hardy. pricing and more info...
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 Ivory (Quinoa)  Ivory Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
Selected out of Brightest Brilliant for resistance to downy mildew and head sprouting, better stem strength, and white seed color. White panicles help prevent seed staining from rain at maturity. This selection has endured 4 days of rain/dampness at maturity without head sprouting. pricing and more info...
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 Italian Red Heart (Peppers)  Italian Red Heart Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
Dark red, thick walled, very sweet and meaty texture, the size of an Italian romantic’s heart. The smooth fruits are easily roasted and skinned. A beautiful pepper to hold or behold. pricing and more info...
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 Island Gems Mix (Lettuce)  Island Gems Mix Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
This mix of tight small heads comes from the cross ‘Manoa’ x ‘Leopard’ initiated in 2011. This will eventually produce a dozen or more distinct cultivars (inc. a couple this year), but you can preview them all right here. These are primarily mini and midi sizes in all shades of green, as well as boldly spotted and blushed kinds with many shades of red. Savoyed short-leafed packed heads are... pricing and more info...
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