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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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 Fireball Mix (Zinnia)  Fireball Mix Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
The commercial zinnia 'Peppermint Stick' isn't very true to its name, having as many red-striped golden yellows (and unstriped white and yellow variations) as it does namesake red-striped whites. Those red-gold doubles are a tempting item for isolation, but I suspect that there is considerable genetic instability in that bicolor form. Thi... pricing and more info...
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 Fingerhead GP (Quinoa)  Fingerhead GP Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
NEW FOR 2020! This interesting variation in seedhead formation popped out of our breeding population in 2018, probably originating in either Kaslala or WSU germplasm. The panicle appears to be comprised of many upward pointing fingers (or dreads, or foxtails, or flames). My initial attraction was aesthetic, then I thought about airflow through the mature seedhead, and only later did I appreciate some large-seed... pricing and more info...
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 Fine Speckled Oak (Lettuce)  Fine Speckled Oak Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
This comes out of the 'Camo Oak' gene pool, a compact midi oak with a dark red coat of the finest speckling, as if it were spray-painted rather than dipped or brushed with rose and crimson. Forms a nice dense colorful heart at full maturity. pricing and more info...
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 Fawn (Lettuce)  Fawn Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
A uniformly small, dark green gem with red speckling, 6" across at maturity. pricing and more info...
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 Faster (Strawberry Spinach)  Faster Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
Wild Chenopodiums all have erratic seed germination, due largely to variable thickness of the seed coat. This strain has undergone several generations of selection for faster sprouting and faster growing seedlings. pricing and more info...
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 Fascix Romaine (Lettuce)  Fascix Romaine Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
NEW IN 2011! Romaine writ big and wide, and in color. A very interesting product of multiple cos crosses, dark green with a flashy red splash, a bronze overlay, and golden double wide hearts. Fascix develops a broadened ribbonlike growing point at maturity, creating broad hearts with a multiplicity of smaller-sized blanched leaves. Mildew resistance to the max. pricing and more info...
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 Estate (Tomato)  Estate Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
This comes from the crossing of three varieties that worked for us over the years. Stupice x Homestead was later crossed to Peron Sprayless when we lived in the cold hills. Peron provided a smooth round lushness that is very upscale in appearances. Terrific full tomato flavor, large juice-filled locules, and a meaty heart. Grows to about 6-7' with fruits 3-3½". pricing and more info...
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Escapade Escarole Mix Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
NEW FOR 2021! This is the broadleaf counterpart to ‘Endeavor’ Endive, smooth leaves with entire, uncluttered margins, forming nicely hearted heads. Like all escarole and endive, these are best planted for maturation in the cooling shortened days of autumn, or with season extension, holding into winter. Spring plantings are of ephemeral utility, but can fill a need for early salad diversity. pricing and more info...
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Endeavor Endive Mix Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
NEW FOR 2021! A bit of a roundabout way to end up with an endive mix, but this comes out of the Chicendive project, originally a cross of chicory by endive. This mixed population of endivish forms varies in leaf shape from the finest frisée to robust endive. I expect to see a wide range of low temperature tolerances, leaf textures, and head sizes. For the intrepid salad grower or on-farm plant explorer. This s... pricing and more info...
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 Emerald Oak (Lettuce)  Emerald Oak Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
One of our 2003 farm-original releases, and we still really like it. A very tidy and compact jewel green oakleaf that matures into a dense buttery-hearted head. Leaves are perfect salad size from either baby or mature heads. From a cross between Blushed Butter Oak and Deer Tongue, this variety captures some of the best taste and texture qualities of ... pricing and more info...
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 Elf Ears Oak (Lettuce)  Elf Ears Oak Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
This is a big upright oak, ice green with somewhat savoyed leaves that comes from 'Crisp Mint' romaine in the parentage. The leaves have rather fancy "ears," elongated tips that extend from the head, and form heavy strong hearts. The best mildew resistance out of the 5 Elf Ear lines we compared. pricing and more info...
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 Eclipse (Mustard: Pungent)  Eclipse Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
Dark green deeply incised leaves with broad white petioles and spicy flavor. Not mossy frilled, more whole in outline with deep cuts from the margins to the midribs. Cold hardy winter greens for stir fry or salad mix. Still some variation here, but beautiful in form and useful from fall through spring. pricing and more info...
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 Early Perfect Italian (Peppers)  Early Perfect Italian Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
This is probably what Joelene was really requesting when she asked if I could recreate her favorite hybrid red Italian as an OP variety. These appeared from my "early red" breeding lines this year, and I was as surprised as anyone with its straight smooth shape, like a longer "red roaster" type, including the nicely domed crown, and few seeds. A chef's dream. Easy to clean, roast and peel, a joy t... pricing and more info...
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 Dubya Red Density (Lettuce)  Dubya Red Density Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
Just like the dappled 'Dubya', but with a really red shiny overcoat for a smart look. Small even for a mini-head, red to the heart, with a glassy gloss so sharp it could cut itself. pricing and more info...
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 Dubya Green Density (Lettuce)  Dubya Green Density Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
The entire Dubya clan is as clean and disease resistant as it is tiny and dense. All of these very mini-romaines ranked as the most downy mildew resistant strains in the entire field last year. This appears to be horizontal resistance of the highest order, on par with Merlot, one of the clan ancestors. pricing and more info...
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 Dubya Dapple Density (Lettuce)  Dubya Dapple Density Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
The tightest, tiniest, most glossy, two-toned, wavy-margined mini-romaine I've ever seen. Half the size of a 'Winter Density', and maybe twice as dense--a really compact, crisp, and flashy executive lettuce with a densely blanched pinkish heart. Summer bolt resistant, and fully resistant to downy mildew. pricing and more info...
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 Dragon Tongue/Ho-Mi Z (Mustard: Pungent)  Dragon Tongue/Ho-Mi Z Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
Recently rechristened by our friend Elanor at Persephone Farm, ‘Dragon Tongue’ is our newest mustard recombination, melding the mellow Horned with the sweet and colorful Miike. Slow bolting with high contrast leaves of purple veining on a bright green background, and wide midribs that grow and thicken at maturity, “horning up” into a great stir-fry vegetable. Salad size leaves are texture... pricing and more info...
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 Dragon Feathers Mix (Mustard: Pungent)  Dragon Feathers Mix Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
This is what we get after mixing pricing and more info...
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 Double Whoopee (Corn Poppy)  Double Whoopee Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
NEW FOR 2021! This is such a fun mix of tidy doubled flowers with the look of tuffets, or maybe whoopee cushions. Petals hold themselves up together in a cupped circle of lovely picotee red or pink on white, or red backgrounds with stunning pink edges. The pure double whites look like clouds. pricing and more info...
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 Double Density (Lettuce)  Double Density Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
Twice as dense as a 'Winter Density', with twice the coloration, twice the downy mildew resistance, and twice the taste. Dappled red on green leaves are upright like a dense romaine, with out-turned extra wavy margins. Heat tolerant and very bolt resistant. pricing and more info...
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 Dazzling Blue (Kale: European)  Dazzling Blue Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
This stunning new blue kale comes from Hank Keogh’s inspiration to backcross a ‘Rainbow Lacinato’ variant with its ‘WGS Lacinato’ ancestor. The result is Hank’s dazzling blue-green savoyed strap leaf with underturned margins, upright growth, and a striking pink midrib. Eye-catching at the market, and the flavor is “very lacinato.” More winter hardy than any other lacinato-type, as... pricing and more info...
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 Cougar Batavian (Lettuce)  Cougar Batavian Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
A smooth, svelt, bronzed batavian lettuce with a crisp juicy texture, sweet in the heat of summer for cutting mix or fresh market heads with creamy hearts. We found this as an errant seedling in a flat of unrelated lettuce. It appears to be one of our batavian types crossed to 'Brown Goldring'--and it tastes that way too. Uniform heads with bronze slightly ruffled leaf margins. pricing and more info...
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 Cocoa Cherry (Quinoa)  Cocoa Cherry Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
From crosses between our 'Cherry Vanilla' and WSU material, a first release with a mixture of milk chocolate brown and cherry red seeds. Selected for yield and stem strength in 2018. pricing and more info...
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 Classic Italian (Peppers)  Classic Italian Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
More curvaceous, full bodied, variably crowned, and blunt than the perfect model described above. Proudly less than perfect, but also less rumpled and crumpled than the rustic Italian clan. Earlier than Joeleneâ??s, more refined, but maybe not as sweet. pricing and more info...
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 Cinnamon Oak (Lettuce)  Cinnamon Oak Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
Cinnamon red compact oak with a tight blanched heart, not quite a mini, about 10" across. Selected for resistance to tip burn. pricing and more info...
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 Cherry Vanilla (Quinoa)  Cherry Vanilla Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
Beautiful strain with pink and cream heads, and the whitest seeds of any type we’ve tried. Short and quick maturing, unbranched when close planted. Excellent flavor and productivity. This variety is in the running to become a standard for Pacific Northwest quinoa introduction. Good mildew resistance. pricing and more info...
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 Changling (Calendula)  Changling Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
NEW FOR 2021! A fun little find from the greenhouse, a population of calendula that can’t decide what color it is. Individual flowers may be half orange/half peach, a mixture of different petal colors together, or have petals that change color from the base to the tip. Pastel to bright shades of yellow and orange, with only occasional red flashbacks. pricing and more info...
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 Camo Savoy Gem (Lettuce)  Camo Savoy Gem Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
This is a tight little jewel throwing a lot of color, red on green leaves are puckered and crisped, creating texture and a thick leaf with good flavor. Small enough with tight spacing for single serving split-head salad. pricing and more info...
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 Buffy (Quinoa)  Buffy Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
This buff colored seed variety is the first release from crosses between our 'Oro de Valle' and material from the WSU quinoa breeding program. Selected most recently for high yield and stem strength, an important trait combination. We will be testing this for high amylopectin content (like its parent, Oro de Valle), for use as a processing/n... pricing and more info...
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 Bronze Blush Oakheart (Lettuce)  Bronze Blush Oakheart Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
NEW FOR 2021! Another selection from ‘Camo Oakheart’ in the mini-midi size range. Leaves are golden-green, blushing to bronze on the tips. pricing and more info...
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