Alive Vates

Crop: Kale (Brassica oleracea)

Use/Type: Standard

Breeder: Don Tipping Seven Seeds Farm, Siskiyou Seeds

OSSI Pledge Date: 2015

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Bred for Organic Systems: Yes

Commercial Availability: Yes

Variety Type: Finished Variety


Kale, Alive Vates Grex Brassica oleracea (55 days) A Seven Seeds Farm original variety that is the result of allowing 6 different strains of Scotch curled, Vates types of kale interbreed for 3 seasons. We began with a large population of a few thousand plants and then selected the hardiest survivors that made it through a week-long cold snap down to 5° F with no snow or mulch. What made it not only survived, but thrived, growing succulent, sweet green leaves starting with the warming days of February and jamming right along until finally flowering in late May, at which point we harvest tasty flower shoots for use in stir fry or raw in salad. Frilly blue green leaves are held high off the ground to keep winter splashback of mud off them. This is an interbreeding population so expect some variability…perfect for homesteaders and gardeners who look to their kale patch to feed them year round! For 2015 we are taking this population through a half sibling progeny row breeding project. SSF

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