A proud OSSI Seed company Partner

At High Desert Seed, we are excited to be an OSSI seed company partner and help to support a diversified and decentralized seed industry by sharing and proliferating seed that is free from any licensing or patent constraints. Help us Free the Seed !

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What is the Open Source Seed Initiative (OSSI)?

The open source seed initiative was created in order to ensure fair and open access to plant genetic resources worldwide in order to ensure the availability of germ plasm to farmers, gardeners, breeders, and communities of this and future generations.

The below varieties are OSSI pledged varieties

What is the OSSI Pledge?

You have the freedom 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. 

This “copyleft” commitment ensures that the Pledge is transmitted with any further distribution of the seed or the seed of any new varieties bred from it. In this way, OSSI preserves the unencumbered exchange of plant germplasm for breeding purposes and guarantees the rights of farmers and gardeners to save and replant seed.

OSSI Mission

The Open Source Seed Initiative (OSSI) is dedicated to maintaining fair and open access to plant genetic resources worldwide in order to ensure the availability of germplasm to farmers, gardeners, breeders, and communities of this and future generations.

OSSI Vision

The Open Source Seed Initiative (OSSI) engages in education and outreach that promotes sharing rather than restricting access to plant germplasm, recognizes and supports the work of plant breeders of all kinds, and supports a diversified and decentralized seed industry. The core strategy for achieving these goals is the dissemination and propagation of the OSSI Pledge and of OSSI-Pledged varieties, both of which preserve the rights of farmers, gardeners, and breeders to freely use, save, replant, and improve seed of OSSI-Pledged material.