OSSI? Open Source?

OSSI stands for the Open Source Seed Initiative.

It is a movement by farmers, gardeners, public-domain breeders, and other citizens who want to be able to save and share seed. Here is their explanation of the problem:

“Today, only a handful of companies account for most of the world’s commercial breeding and seed sales. Increasingly, patenting is used to enhance the power and control of these companies over the seeds and the farmers that feed the world.
Patented seeds cannot be saved, replanted, or shared by farmers and gardeners. And because there is no research exemption for patented material, plant breeders at universities and small seed companies cannot use patented seed to create the new crop varieties that should be the foundation of a just and sustainable agriculture.
Inspired by the free and open source software movement that has provided alternatives to proprietary software, OSSI was created to free the seed - to make sure that the genes in at least some seed can never be locked away from use by intellectual property rights like patents.
Through our Pledge, OSSI asks breeders and stewards of crop varieties to pledge to make their seeds available without restrictions on use, and to ask recipients of those seeds to make the same commitment.”--OSSI

Bountiful Gardens is an OSSI Partner. We salute these open-source plant breeders who are willing to give up their chance at a monopoly in order to build a sustainable seed future. Our open-source varieties appear below.

Popular This Season:

Beefy Resilient Grex Dry Bean

Phenomenally productivebean that matures well in cooler areas. Cooks quickly, with delicious meaty, beefy flavor. Easy to thresh. Beautiful mix of small blac...
  • Variety code: Ossi
  • Days to maturity: 75
  • Germination days: 8-16
Corn+cascade+ruby gold

Cascade Ruby-Gold Flint Corn

Bred by Carol Deppe to be the ultimate survival crop, the one you would choose if you could have only one variety to get you through good times and bad. Very...
  • Variety code: Ossi
  • Days to maturity: 85
  • Planting depth: 1-2
Kale+dazzling blue

Dazzling Blue Kale

Purple Dinosaur Kale--Beloved Lacinato flavor and texture in a new color.From organic farmer Hank Keogh comes this tasty and colorful variation a favorite It...
  • Planting depth: 1-4-1/2
  • Days to maturity: 50-60
  • Seeds per packet: 85
Greens+dragon+tongue blended

Dragon Tongue Mustard

Very sweet mustard flavor, and a pinch of heat. Wide crunchy midribs. Last mustard to bolt in spring. Outstanding new salad/cooking green from wizard Frank M...
  • Days to maturity: 35-50
  • Variety code: Ossi
  • Germination days: 9-12
Lettuce emerald fan for real web

Emerald Fan Looseleaf Lettuce, Organic

The fastest spring growth of any lettuce we have ever grown. Big, healthy, deep-green leaves catch spring sunlight and make it into salad! Like a romain leaf...
  • Days to maturity: 45
  • Spacing: 8-9
  • Germination days: 2-15

Magic Manna Flour Corn

Bred for earliness, vigor, and resilience, as well as flavor and cooking characteristics. Solid colored ears of three basic colors—deep-red, tan, or white/pe...
  • Variety code: Ossi
  • Days to maturity: 85
  • Planting depth: 1-2
Vle 4215 lettuce outstanding web

Outstanding Romaine (Cos) Lettuce, Organic

Red Romaine-big upright heads, crunchy, and really red. Selected for color, big tight heads, slow bolting and disease resistance. Best in its class. BOTANI...
  • Days to maturity: 68
  • Spacing: 10-12
  • Seeds per packet: 150
Gqu 7367redhead

Redhead Quinoa

From Frank Morton in Oregon, this variety has been selected to withstand rain on the mature seedheads and to do better with humidity and warm nights than oth...
  • Days to maturity: 103-118
  • Seeds per packet: 240
  • Variety code: Ossi
Vka 3925 kale siber frill

Siber Frill Kale, Organic

The first really cut and curled Siberian/Russian kale, combining the look and fluffiness of frisee with the nutrition and cold-hardiness of a Russian kale. W...
  • Days to maturity: 50-60
  • When to plant: Late summer
  • Planting depth: 1/4-1/2

Solstice Broccoli, Organic

Ready very early and produces for a long time. Heads are on long stems above the foliage-easy to see and harvest and safer from slugs and snails. Small org...
  • Days to maturity: 45-84
  • Germination days: 5-17
  • When to plant: Late summer
Vco 3347

Top Hat Sweet Corn, Organic

A new yellow sweet corn from Oregon farmer/breeder Jonathan Spero of Lupine Knoll Farm. Away from the corn belt, he is growing non-GMO, non-hybird corns for ...
  • Days to maturity: 82
  • Planting depth: 1-2
  • When to plant: Mid-summer
Vco 3348 tuxana web

Tuxana Sweet Corn, Organic

New sweet corn from traditional plant breeder Jonathan Spero at Lupine Knoll Farm in Oregon. He has been working to bring a little more sweetness into open-p...
  • Days to maturity: 83
  • Planting depth: 1-2
  • When to plant: Mid-summer

White Russian Kale

The most winter-hardy kale we offer, to zone 4.And the most resistant to flooding and soggy soils. Has won many taste tests in spite of its tough constitutio...
  • Spacing: 12"
  • Planting depth: 1/4"
  • Days to maturity: 50-60
Mwe 6460 kale wild garden web

Wild Garden Kale Mix, Organic

A varied, tasty, and beautiful gene pool of Russian type kales. Colors from green through purple, and leaves from single to triple frilled. Overwintering in ...
  • Days to maturity: 50-60
  • When to plant: Late summer
  • Planting depth: 1/4-1/2

Zeppelin Delicata Winter Squash, Organic

Ivory-cream skin with dark-green stripes. (1894) We have had many requests for this sweet little squash. Fruits 3 x 8h, have rich, moist sweet flesh, almost...
  • Days to maturity: 90
  • Spacing: 15-18
  • Planting depth: 1.5-2