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Towards A Climate Resilient Food Economy:

We have passionately searched the Sierra Nevada and Western States to re-discover the living library of plants still scattered across Northern California, those trees and plants left over from the 1800’s and early 1900’s Gold Rush era.   These are the grandmother trees that have become climate resilient with no human attention for the last 100 years. They give the best fruit and nuts in conditions that most fruit and nut trees can not endure with large annual temperature variations. These  grandmother trees have learned to thrive under the most harsh conditions. We want to make them available to growers, gardeners and communities throughout the West Coast.

We have personally found these trees and have taken cuttings directly from the 100+ year old grandmother trees that still cling to life in ghostly, historic orchards. We offer very rare and exclusive plants – some may have only just been rediscovered.

95% of plants available during the 1800s are no longer available today.  We are saving what is left before they die. 


Thanks to Peaceful Valley Farm and Garden Supply (originally started by our founder Amigo Bob Cantisano), a collection of some of our favorite species and varieties will be available through Peaceful Valley Farm and Garden for the 2024/25 Bareroot Season. 

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The SOLD OUT Varieties listed below are for informational purposes only. These are many of the plants we have found and sold over the years. While some of these varieties will be available this Autumn, many will not. 

Updates on what we have for sale this year will be available in October 2024.

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Cox's Large Purple Grape

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This grape is the largest, juiciest and most interesting grape we have found! The plant is very vigorous and productive with no signs of mildew even though it is seemingly getting no water. It grows as a dense thicket with sprawling 20ft vines that crawl up through the rotten boards of an antique barn. They are ripe when they are full dark purple. They are sweet, tasty, thick skinned and the flavor is mild. The seeding habit of this grape is inconsistent in that some are seedless, some have one seed, some two seeds, some three and some just have an empty seed coat. We are very excited to see how it behaves in the future.

Found on private property at the historic Cox's Bar below Downieville. There is still 30 historic pants surviving there above the Yuba River. Most are pears but it does include hazelnut, apple, hops, grapes and ornamentals. Cox's bar employed at least 7 people in 1853, prospecting on the rich banks of the Yuba. Nisenan, the Northeast Maidu and the Washo tribes lived in these areas before the gold digging showed up.

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