The Open Source Seed Initiative is a concept we have wanted for a very long time. Below you will see all the current "open source seed varieties we offer. Click link
to visit the OSSI web site.
OSSI was created by a group of plant breeders, farmers, seed companies, and sustainability advocates who want to free the seed!
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.
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.
We are now members of this movement and you will be seeing a increasing number of OSSI seeds in our listing. Nichols Garden Nursery has joined because of our deep belief that seed breeding and new varieties are essential. We find this effort to "Free the Seed" a brilliant concept. And will whole heartedly support it.