UM-Madison's Open Source Seed Initiative aims to keep some crop varieties available to the public forever. Last week, the group released 29 new varieties of crops, including celery, sweet peppers, barley, carrots and others. Four distinct varieties of the hipster's favorite leafy green, kale, were part of the release.
The Open Source Seed Initiative recently began taking pre-orders for an assortment of 15 seed packets. Crops varieties in the assortment include Midnight Lightning zucchini, Red Ursa kale, Gatherer's Gold pepper and Joker Lettuce. The seeds are certified organic.
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The Initiative uses a simple pledge printed on the seed packet to ensure the plants remain available to the public. By opening the packet, the user acknowledges that the seeds can't be legally protected and can be used freely for breeding, crop production or any other purposes.