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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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 Blushed Butter Oak (Lettuce)  Blushed Butter Oak Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
Same parentage and color as ‘Blush Butter Cos’ but selected for oakish leaves that wrap a buttery heart. Also highly rated for flavor and cold hardiness by everyone that trials it. I love this stuff. pricing and more info...
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 Blushed Butter Cos (Lettuce)  Blushed Butter Cos Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
Very popular pink-blushed blend of butterhead and cos qualities. Leaves are dense, buttery, savoyed and folded, nicely proportioned to fit a salad plate, and easy to remove from the head without tearing or bruising. Highly rated for flavor by our customers and the Philomath High School Botany Class, which has conducted detailed trials on our lettuces every year since 1995. If teens like it, it’s... pricing and more info...
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 Bloodstone (Lettuce)  Bloodstone Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
A little gem type with a bloodstone pattern of dark red over dark green, short rounded wrapping leaves, compact heads with blazing colored contrast in the heart. Comes from Green Lotus x red-to-heart lines. 9" spacing. pricing and more info...
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 Blondie (Lettuce)  Blondie Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
Blonde-green heads of loosely packed savoyed leaves. From Manoa x Leopard, but spotless and open headed. A contrarian in her clan. pricing and more info...
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 Big Island (Lettuce)  Big Island Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
From our Island Gems project, this early release is a full size green heading lettuce with a slight pink blush around its crown at maturity. A bit volcanic. Makes tight creamy hearts of blanched oval leaves. pricing and more info...
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 Better Devil (Lettuce)  Better Devil Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
A medium red, moderate sized butter-cos derived from 'Devils Tongue.' More compact and uniform than 'Devils Tongue,' especially good for early spring planting. Black seeded. pricing and more info...
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Better Beta Mix Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
An equal mix of all the above for instant Beta leaf diversity. Great color splash of young salad leaves. The addition of MacGregor's and a Red X Gold chard mix makes this a better blend of Beta. pricing and more info...
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 Bella Italia (Peppers)  Bella Italia Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
These are deep dark red Italian-type peppers, with a ruffled surface and thinner walls than the other Italian kinds we sell. When sliced thinly these make a striking vermillion “vegetable fettuchini” that can be quickly sauteed or stir fried for topping dishes, or used fresh for salads. Fruits 6-8" ripen earlier than our other Italians. pricing and more info...
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 Belgian Breeder's Winter Mix (Leeks)  Belgian Breeder's Winter Mix Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
This came to me unsolicited from a fellow breeder years ago--a beautiful F6 population of winter leeks, ready for selection into varieties with distinct traits. I'm passing this opportunity on to others in this F7 population, a wondrous blend of leek colors, leaf widths, shaft lengths and diameters. This is a real gift to the organic community at a time when OP leeks are disappearing and their qua... pricing and more info...
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 Aurora (Orach)  Aurora Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
Brightest lights this side of chard. Red, gold, green, pink, carmine, and pure purple with Dayglow radiance. The genes for this were delivered to our breeding nursery by a freak of nature, and introduced to the seed trade in 2002 by Fedco Seed of Maine, and this crazy list. Mountain spinach for merry pranksters. pricing and more info...
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 Antares (Lettuce)  Antares Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
One of our first original varieties based on a combination of ‘Salad Bowl’ and ‘Rouge d’ Hiver’. Bright red, extra frilled, fine cut oakleaf, with very upright leaves and vigorous growth. pricing and more info...
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 Annie Oaky (Lettuce)  Annie Oaky Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
A cute little deep red oak with curls on the outside, and a heart of gold on the inside. Combines the dark red and crisped edges of Lollo d' Vino with the compact oak frame of Emerald Oak. 6" spacing like a true mini. pricing and more info...
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 Amphora (Poppy)  Amphora Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
A simple white poppy with elegant pink crepe margins. This is a "rattlepod" type, useful as a quiet percussion instrument, or as an oilseed variety that won't prematurely spill the seed. Most pods have a graceful amphora shape. pricing and more info...
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 Aloha Gem (Lettuce)  Aloha Gem Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
This is the first varietal type to emerge from ‘Manoa x Leopard,’ a glossy ‘Little Gem’ sized, medium green, savoyed, heading lettuce with something like romaine texture. A “personal sized” head that fits well on a plate, and has huge savoyed surface area to hold plenty of dressing. Can be planted 6-8” apart for intensive production. May be harvested at a wide range of maturity, from... pricing and more info...
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 After Midnight (Poppy)  After Midnight Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
Four petals in the deepest darkest midnight violet. Pods do not open pores, retaining the chocolate brown seeds for harvest. pricing and more info...
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 21st Century Fire (Lettuce)  21st Century Fire Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
From the cross 'Pinot' x 'Mascara', a fiery red looseleaf lettuce with sparky crisped edges, textured and somewhat cupped leaves forming a bright red head. pricing and more info...
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 'Canoncito' New Mexico Landrace Chilies (Peppers)  'Canoncito' New Mexico Landrace Chilies OSSI Pledged Variety
These were passed along to us by Loretta Sandoval at the 2014 Organic Seed Growers Conference. We were caught off guard by the rapid growth and precocious flowering of these diverse chilies. For transplants don’t plant too early—perhaps two weeks later than our Italians. Makes thick sets of 3–6” mild thin walled chilies at our coldest location, and no plastic mulch. This year we made dozen... pricing and more info...
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