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About our seeds
All seed listed in our Store has been produced on our farm.
Some varieties which I carry since I first joined Seeds of Diversity in 2004, some other are recent introductions from our variety trials.
We give all the information we know about the origin (geographical if it's a landrace/heirloom - or breeder if it'a recent introduction) of each variety and when we know it, its more detailed history.
Our position: seed freedom
- No GMOs
- No Patents
Savable, Safe, definitely local
Winter squashes and gourds from our 2018 harvest. I began developing winter squashes as a population about 3 years ago, in a more northern site with short summers (Lanaudière mid-north). There's still some selection work to do!
OSSI-Pledged Variety -
What does it mean?
OSSI, for Open Source Seed Initiative, means that the varieties registered are intended to be «freed»: free of intellectual property (patent) that may restrict their use in breeding or their propagation (seed saving). Open source seed is also meant to respect four seed freedoms, described as the following:
«1. The freedom to save or grow seed for replanting or for any other purpose.
2. The freedom to share, trade, or sell seed to others.
3. The freedom to trial and study seed and to share or publish information about it.
4. The freedom to select or adapt the seed, make crosses with it, or use it to breed new lines and varieties.» *
In the last decades, the bulk of seed sales and seed production has come to be mostly owned by a few major seed producers. The point is - they have patented many varieties. And this often completely blocks the information about the variety (parentage etc) for the researchers and breeders - it may only slow down the process in both private and public plant breeding.
Last but not least, it also quite often restricts farmers from growing their own seeds from such lines, so they come to buy it again and again - and they become dependent until the day the company stops selling it, then what happens? In agriculture, finding a good well-adapted replacement is not that easy at all. It then comes down to food security questions.
The «free the seed» movement was born with the access to seed for present and future generations in mind.
It also encourages the development of such ethically produced seeds. Plant breeders who developed and OSSI-pledged their varieties are acknowledged in a way similar to giving credit to an author/artist for an image or any artwork, published (offered for free) under the commons license. This breeder credit and information must «follow» the seeds (like on the variety description on our online seed store), as well as the Pledge:
As a partner seed company, we are happy to offer you from now on a growing selection of OSSI-Pledged varieties!
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.