Adaptive Seeds

Open Source Seed Initiative

Open Source Seed InitiativeWe are thrilled to be able to encourage open access to biodiversity as a partner seed company & participating breeder with the Open Source Seed Initiative (OSSI). OSSI is dedicated to maintaining fair & open access to plant genetic resources worldwide by offering a new way to save & exchange seed that ensures the seed will remain free of patents, licenses, & other restrictions.

Varieties that are registered as OSSI seed are accompanied by the pledge (see below), which prohibits the varieties or their derivatives from being patented or licensed in ways that can restrict use. The OSSI Pledge also requires that any subsequent distributions of OSSI seed, or of derivatives bred from OSSI seed, be accompanied by the pledge. In this way, OSSI intends to develop an expanding pool of genetic resources that are available now & in the future for unrestricted use by scientists, farmers, & gardeners. This pledge is a commitment to foster unfettered exchange of germplasm & the freedom to use the material for any purpose, with the single proviso that by accepting the pledge the user commits to allowing others freedom to use the material or derivatives of the material.

Varieties listed in our catalog with the OSSI logo have been designated open source by the people who bred them & are registered as OSSI-Pledged seeds. Breeders such as Carol Deppe, Frank Morton, & us here at Adaptive Seeds. Free the seed! For more information osseeds.org.

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.

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  • Fast Lady Cowpea

    Cowpea, Fast Lady Northern Southern Pea (Organic)

    $3.50$7.50
    Vigna unguiculata. White. 65 days fresh, 90 dry.

    An excellent, productive, early variety of white seeded cowpea. Beans have a creamy texture and do not require soaking before cooking. Pods are solid and held well above the ground on compact upright bushes so they can take some wet weather and not succumb to mold. Beautiful yellow flowers that pollinators go nuts for – but not to pollinate. Instead, they seem to drink the nectar of the plant at the base of the closed flower. Our crops have two good flushes of pods. The early pods hold until the later ones were ready, making this bean extra productive and easy to harvest. Bred by Carol Deppe who selected it to thrive in our cool Oregon summers. As we learned in 2015, it can also handle the heat of summer that is becoming our norm.

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  • Dent Corn, Open Oak Party Mix

    Dent Corn, Open Oak Party Mix (Organic)

    $3.80$73.30
    Zea mays. Dent. 90-100 days.

    Our main crop field corn that we grow for cornmeal, our and for making masa. This is the best corn we offer for nixtamalization and making your own hominy or pozole. After grinding, we sometimes sift out the coarse polenta from the flour and we have two different staple foods from a single crop. Selected for large, thick, early ears that range in color from yellow to orange to red. We especially love the ears that are dark orange with yellow caps because it gives the illusion of a burning flame. All single colored ears, which is useful for zeroing in on the particular flavor of each color. High yielding when given good fertility. A semi-flinty dent type selected from a freely crossed population of Wapsie Valley Dent, Vermont Flint, Garland Flint, Italian Polenta and several unnamed dent varieties from a University of Wisconsin breeding project for nutrition. This is a diverse population, still purposefully variable. We are excited to improve it continuously through selection.

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  • Flint Corn, Cascade Ruby-Gold (Organic)

    Flint Corn, Cascade Ruby-Gold (Organic)

    $3.80$75.30
    Zea mays. Flint. 85 days.

    This has become the corn of legends. Perfect for our taste buds and Pacific Northwest climate, it is difficult to describe without sounding overzealous. Not only does this variety produce the tastiest polenta and cornmeal we have ever tried, but it was bred just across the valley from us by our friend Carol Deppe in Corvallis, Oregon. An 8-12 row int corn related to Abenaki and Byron flint. It brings the best traits from both combining the general awesomeness of Abenaki minus the pale yellow ears, and from Byron, the wonderful gold-orange color and excellent husk coverage. Ears are smaller than Abenaki. Throw in some more genius selection by Carol and you get a flint corn that makes bright gold polenta with pretty red flecks that quickly became a hot seller for us at market. Each plant will produce one of many options of single color ears ranging from bright-yellow, maple-gold, red-orange to deepest red. Separate out the colors for cooking and get a range of delicious and distinct flavors from one crop. Find out more in Carol’s book The Resilient Gardner.

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  • Kale Coalition

    Kale Coalition (Organic)

    $3.80$44.00
    Brassica oleracea.

    The Kale Coalition is a diverse genepool mix of 17 oleracea kales and their crosses. Nick Routledge trialed the 17 kales collected on our 2007 Seed Ambassadors trip and this is what happened the next spring. This grex contains a lot of very interesting diversity of kales not available in the US, not just curly green kales. The resulting mix contains the most incredibly vigorous kales we have ever seen. If you like a mix of diverse kales in your life, this is it. A combination of Hoj Amager Grunkohl (DK), Madeley (UK), Westphalian (UK), Westland Winter (UK), Westländer Winter (DE), Asparagus Kale (IR, UK), 1,000 Headed kale (DE), Roter Krauskohl (DE), Altmarker Braun (DE), Baltic Red (SE), Blonde Butter of Jalhay (BE), Butterkohl (DE), Nicki’s Cut’N’Come Again (IE), Shetland (UK), Hellerbutter Kohl (CH), Cavolo Nero di Toscana (IT), and Ostfriesische Palm (CH).

    Seed produced by Taproot Growers in Springfield, Oregon.

    As required by the Oregon Department of Agriculture & the Washington Crucifer Quarantine, all Brassica family seed lots have been tested & found negative for blackleg (Phoma lingam) by an approved, certified lab.

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    Kale, Dazzling Blue Lacinato (Organic)

    $3.80$12.80
    Brassica oleracea.

    We’ve finally found a Lacinato/Dino/Italian type kale that’s special enough to add to our catalog. We present to you Dazzling Blue Lacinato,
    a kale that really lives up to its name. Captivating blue-green leaves on vibrantly purple stems with that classic Lacinato leaf shape and all of the flavor. More vigorous than any Lacinato we have grown and out- shined all other kales at the Taproot Growers dry-farmed kale trial. Also has a well-earned reputation for being more winter hardy than the standard strains of Lacinato. This variety was bred in and for organic conditions by Hank Keogh of Avoca Seed, who just happens to be married to our General Manager, Jo Erikson. Seed produced by Wild Garden Seed in Philomath, Oregon.

    As required by the Oregon Department of Agriculture & the Washington Crucifer Quarantine, all Brassica family seed lots have been tested & found negative for blackleg (Phoma lingam) by an approved, certified lab.

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  • Lettuce, Flashy Butter Gem

    Lettuce, Flashy Butter Gem (Organic)

    $3.50$6.50
    Lactuca sativa. Speckled. 30 days baby; 50 full.

    What we expected was a perfect, sweet Little Gem type lettuce with cool red speckles & more buttery texture. We got all of that & more! We waited a week after Little Gem size but they didn’t bolt, just got bigger & more colorful. Versatile & can be harvested as a mini-head or full size with no sacrifice on flavor or texture. A gourmet quality lettuce for salad mix & medium-sized heads to wow friends or market customers. Excellent planted spring, summer & fall. Not the hardiest in our 2010 winter trial but it lasted fairly well into the cold rainy season. Another excellent Frank Morton original, bred right here in Oregon.

    Seed produced by Wild Garden Seeds in Philomath, Oregon.

     

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  • Lettuce, Hyper Red Rumple Waved

    Lettuce, Hyper Red Rumple Waved (Organic)

    $3.50$6.50
    Lactuca sativa. Red Leaf. 30 days baby; 50 full.

    Unconventional red leaf lettuce that is very red & very rumpled. It kinda looks like Bloomsdale spinach, but deep dark red & lettucey. Great for salad mixes & as a head lettuce. Very hardy & the red color is partly responsible. The antioxidant anthocyanin causes the color & also fights the diseases of cold wet weather. Good resistance to Sclerotinia & downy mildew, two common lettuce diseases for seed growers in Oregon. Developed by Frank Morton, a great independent public domain plant breeder, of Wild Garden Seeds.

    Seed produced by Wild Garden Seeds in Philomath, Oregon.

     

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  • Lettuce, Red Evolution (Organic)

    Lettuce, Red Evolution (Organic)

    $3.50$12.50

    Lactuca sativa. Red Leaf. 30 days baby; 55 full.

    We ventured into our first attempt at lettuce breeding with this gem of an ultra red leaf. A little opportunistic to start, we discovered a few off types in one lot of Revolution lettuce. Over a few years we have stabilized this off type, now liking it more than its parent. Taller & less frilly than Revolution, Red Evolution has the same deep red color. Its dark red anthocyanin based pigment & its ancestry give it a great level of disease resistance. Shows great field resistance to downy mildew. We love it for salad mix because its color offers rich contrast to the other greens in a mix. For best flavor grow in cool weather & harvest young.

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  • Mizspoona Salad Select

    Mizspoona Salad Select (Organic)

    $3.50$9.50
    Brassica rapa. 20 days baby, 40 days full.

    Mizuna is one of our favorite mustard family salad greens and Tatsoi is too. Combine the two and you get Mizspoona Salad Select. The awesomeness increases exponentially. Very mild mustard flavor delicious when eaten raw in salads & is also quite tasty cooked. Mizspoona  inherits the vigorous growth & cold hardiness of both its parents. Slight variation in leaf & stem shape to keep you from getting bored but not so much that your taste buds get confused. This mostly uniform genepool resembles a dark green monster Mizuna more than Tatsoi. Mizspoona Salad Select is brought to you by none other than Frank Morton.

    Seed produced by Wild Garden Seeds in Philomath, Oregon.

    As required by the Oregon Department of Agriculture & the Washington Crucifer Quarantine, all Brassica family seed lots have been tested & found negative for blackleg (Phoma lingam) by an approved, certified lab.

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  • Mustard, Dragon Tongue / Ho Mi Z

    Mustard, Dragon Tongue / Ho Mi Z (Organic)

    $3.25$9.00
    Brassica juncea. 20 days baby, 40 days full.

    Hands down the most beautiful red mustard for salad mix. The leaf color is green & purple, hard to describe. Very slow to bolt in spring, it has the perfect balance of sweet & spicy flavors. Sizes up enough to be used in stir-fry. Bred by Frank Morton of Wild Garden Seeds in Philomath, Oregon, & renamed Dragon Tongue by Eleanor O’Brien of Persephone Farm in Lebanon, Oregon. It is Frank’s favorite fall mustard & Andrew’s favorite spring mustard. Selected from a cross between Horned & Miike mustards.

    Seed produced by Wild Garden Seeds in Philomath, Oregon.

    As required by the Oregon Department of Agriculture & the Washington Crucifer Quarantine, all Brassica family seed lots have been tested & found negative for blackleg (Phoma lingam) by an approved, certified lab. 

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  • Luck Dragon Pak Choi

    Pak Choi, Luck Dragon (Organic)

    $3.50$12.50
    Brassica rapa. 35-40 days.

    Sweet & crunchy green-stemmed baby pak choi. Impressively vigorous in the cool weather & it really shined in our greenhouse. Pak choi is a very good choice as a greenhouse/ hoophouse crop in the spring & fall. Produces a lot of food fast per square foot. Leaves are erect & glossy green color. The leaf petioles are crunchy yet pliable & resist cracking. Slow to bolt & nicely holds a medium-small size. Luck Dragon is currently an F2, which refers to the second year after dehybridization, but there was little apparent variability to be seen in our test seeding. I wonder how that happened? However, we did cross in a tiny bit of mizuna into the population for our later plant breeding escapades. We will continue to select it for general reliability & taste. In the mean time, it is off to an excellent start.

    As required by the Oregon Department of Agriculture & the Washington Crucifer Quarantine, all Brassica family seed lots have been tested & found negative for blackleg (Phoma lingam) by an approved, certified lab.

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  • Popcorn, Dakota Black

    Popcorn, Dakota Black

    $3.80$17.30
    Zea mays. Popcorn. 90 days.

    One of the earliest maturing and easiest to grow popcorns. 4-6” ears on 6′ tall plants. Dark black kernels have a ruby-red glassy shine when held in the right angle of light. The pointy kernels pop bright white with a small black hull still attached. The flavor is delicious, hearty and crunchy. Modern popcorns lack this richness, which gives Dakota Black the ability to act as a meal all by its self. Developed by the Podolls of Prairie Road Organic Farm, seed growers in North Dakota. Aka, Dakota Black Pop.

    Seed produced by Lonesome Whistle Farm in Junction City, Oregon.

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  • Sweet Corn, New Mama Super Sweet (Organic)

    Sweet Corn, New Mama Super Sweet (Organic)

    4.5 out of 5
    $3.80$135.00
    Zea mays. Super Sweet. 80-90 days.

    New Mama Super Sweet is one of the first open pollinated super sweet (Sh2) corns! Medium sized ears have yellow, truly super sweet kernels, and hold their flavor once picked. Still a little variable in maturity and color, with some pale yellow kernels, but we think this may be necessary to maintain vigor as corn does poorly with inbreeding. Selected from crosses made between a Tim Peters’ super sweet called White Sugar and an early release yellow super sweet from Friedemann Ebner of Sativa Rheinau in Switzerland. Because I borrowed so much from Tim and Friedemann, who themselves borrowed so much from the corn breeders before them, I almost called this one “Borrowed Tune.” That name didn’t quite ring right, and with so many of our friends being new mamas right now I couldn’t resist. Instead, this Sh2’s for the mamas! Please tell us what you think.

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  • Sweet Pepper, Gypsy Queens (Organic)

    Sweet Pepper, Gypsy Queens (Organic)

    $3.80$35.00
    Capsicum annum. 70 days.

    Wonderful, early sweet red pepper that is our latest effort at dehybridizing “a popular hybrid.” Elongated, tapered bell-shape similar to Hungarian sweet peppers. Starts out as a lime green color with good flavor. Now in its F5 & surprisingly uniform, we have narrowed it down to two fruit types, a blunt tip & a pointy tip. Both have excellent flavor & productivity. We hope to continue to improve the selection in future years, although it is pretty far along in the process already. Gypsy Queens is a superb short season market pepper that is a delight to grow.

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  • Sweet Pepper, Stocky Red Roaster

    Sweet Pepper, Stocky Red Roaster (Organic)

    $3.80
    Capsicum annuum. 80 days.

    We’ve jumped on the Stocky Red Roaster bandwagon! We grew this red, Italian type pepper for market & loved it for its sweet flavor raw, roasted, or cooked, as well as its productivity & size (4-6″ long, 2″ wide at shoulders). It turns out we weren’t alone, as Stocky Red Roaster fared better than all other varieties in the 2012 Northern Organic Variety Improvement Cooperative (NOVIC) trials & is fast becoming the OP Italian type pepper of choice. Bred by Frank Morton.

    This year’s seed produced by the source, Frank & Karen Morton of Wild Garden Seeds, located in Philomath, Oregon.

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  • Tomatillo, Purple Keepers Modern Landrace

    Tomatillo, Purple Keepers Modern Landrace (Organic)

    $3.25$18.00
    Physalis philadelphica. 70 days.

    This is our effort to breed a medium-sized purple tomatillo that stores for a very long time off the vine. Shades range from a slight purple blush on green, to deep purple all through the fruit. Purple tomatillos are reputed to keep well already & we are trying to improve on this. A landrace is a variety that has been purposely maintained as a diverse gene pool to help it be more adaptive to harsh conditions. We like this old form of plant breeding, so we are using it to create a modern landrace.

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  • Tomato, Orange You Glad...?

    Tomato, Orange You Glad (Organic)

    $3.25$12.00
    Solanum lycopersicum. 65 days. Det.

    For your gardening fun here is a new “child” we have released into the world. Orange You Glad we dehybridized Orange Blossom so you can save seed from it too? In 2012 we named New Mama Super Sweet Corn for all the new mamas in our world. In 2013 we continued the thought with, “Orange You Glad it’s easier to raise tomatoes than children?” Okay, enough jokes. We planted the hybrid Orange Blossom every year on our farm as a market standby & are not sure it even is a hybrid actually. But we have adapted it further to our Oregon growing conditions & now we love it even more. Medium sized orange globes yield heavily & early on determinate bushes. Sometimes plant breeding is easy!

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  • Tomato, Perfect Rogue

    Tomato, Perfect Rogue (Organic)

    $3.25$12.00

    Solanum lycopersicum. 70-75 days. Indet. Potato Leaf.

    5 oz perfect red globes with great flavor. Bred from a commercial standard, early red slicing hybrid tomato & it is now one of our market standard OPs. Dehybridization is fun, if you haven’t tried it, you should. We have had a lot of good feedback about this variety from local gardeners who have tried it after receiving it from us at seed swaps. Now commercially available in its fully refined form.

    If you are looking for a replacement for the Simenis/Monsanto hybrid Early Girl F1, try this one.

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  • Santiam Sunrise Tomato

    Tomato, Santiam Sunrise (Organic)

    $3.25$12.00
    Solanum lycopersicum. Orange. 70 days. Indet.

    This is our attempt at a Sungold F1 replacement. I say ‘attempt’ because many gardeners & plant breeders over the years have tried to create a sweet, fruity, orange cherry tomato. Flavor is comparable to Sungold but not quite as fruity, rather a bit sweeter. Not tart like other attempts. Andrew likes it better than the old hybrid because it lacks the overwhelming taste that can get tiresome. We can eat Santiam Sunrise all day long. Tall indeterminate vines are productive & less prone to splitting than Sungold yet still tender skinned. A continuing selection from crosses with Russian cherry tomato material. Nearly stable, but occasional red-fruited plants still occur. We love it so far so let us know what you think!

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  • Turnip, Aprovecho Hardy

    Turnip, Aprovecho Hardy (Organic)

    $3.00$20.00

    Brassica rapa.

    This is our attempt at a hardy & delicious turnip bred specifically for Oregon winters. Salvaged from the less than 5% of the surviving turnips from a population of Dr. Alan Kapuler’s Six Root Grex Turnip. The rest of the population died after a hard 8°F frost at Aprovecho Research Center in Cottage Grove, Oregon. The diversity of root types has been reduced but the result is strong hardy turnips with a much higher percentage of quality round roots. The colors vary from purple tops to white & green topped roots. Our favorites in the population are the bright white ones with combined purple & green colors.

    As required by the Oregon Department of Agriculture & the Washington Crucifer Quarantine, all Brassica family seed lots have been tested & found negative for blackleg (Phoma lingam) by an approved, certified lab.

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  • Winter Squash, Butternut Early Remix (Organic)

    Winter Squash, Butternut Early Remix (Organic)

    $3.80$27.80
    Cucurbita moschata. 90 days.

    As market growers, we knew that winter squash storability and flavor improve with ripeness, so we were always on the lookout for an early butternut variety that matured well here in Oregon. Some hybrids come close, but most OPs require a longer growing season than we can provide. In 2005, we started growing every early butternut variety we could find, including Nutterbutter, Hunter F1, Butterbush, Early Butternut F1, Butterfly F1, and more. We allowed them to cross freely and have been selecting for early ripening and 2-4 lb fruit with a classic butternut shape, although there is the occasional 6+ lb fruit depending on growing conditions. Because there were so many parents in this genepool, expect some variation, all within a classic butternut theme. Why should every butternut be identical anyway?

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  • Winter Squash, Candystick Dessert Delicata

    Winter Squash, Candystick Dessert Delicata

    $3.80$52.00
    Cucurbita pepo. 90 days.

    We cannot get enough of Candystick Dessert Delicata. We could eat it nearly every day all winter. A large Honey Boat type with extremely thick flesh and delicious rich flavor. Most delicata have a honey sweet flavor or even a maple flavor, Candystick has a richer date-like flavor that is truly addictive. Fruit is tan skinned with green stripes, which we find much more attractive than the more common yellow-skinned delicata varieties. Produces both short loaf shapes and long boat shapes. The fruit shape variability is desirable in this instance for genetic diversity and contributes to some added vigor. They keep very well and retain their sweetness better than other squash well into storage. Candystick was selected for a small seed cavity – more food per squash – so it is not as good for stuffing as Honey Boat. Bred by Carol Deppe of Corvallis, Oregon and author of Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties and The Resilient Gardener. She has created the ultimate dessert squash.

    Seed produced by Lonesome Whistle Farm in Junction City, Oregon.

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  • Sweet Meat – Oregon Homestead

    Winter Squash, Sweet Meat – Oregon Homestead (Organic)

    $3.80$18.80
    Cucurbita maxima. 100 days.

    Beautiful blue squash on huge, vigorous vines. Three to four fruits per plant weigh 10-20 lbs each & store through May. Selected for vigor, large seeds for good cool soil emergence, a small seed cavity, & premium flavor by Carol Deppe in Corvallis, Oregon. She spent years & produced several tons of squash to reselect for these characteristics. Since the release of Carol’s book, The Resilient Gardener, which highlights this selection of Sweet Meat, this has become one of our top-selling varieties. (Thanks, Carol!)

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