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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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Kish Mish (aka Thompson Seedless)

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This is a seedless Afghani variety Gillet introduced to the US in 1876. He likely sold some vines to Mr. Thompson, a farmer near the Sutter Buttes in Sutter County, who made the variety famous, and named it after himself. The most widely grown seedless table grape in the US, is also the premier raisin and often used in making juice, juice concentrate, wine and vinegar. Truly a workhorse, and a wonderful grape. If you have never eaten a fully vine ripened Thompson Seedless you have no idea how much better they are than the store bought kind that have been pumped up with hormones to increase their size and picked immature green, instead of the smaller, true golden-yellow, super sweet taste of a fresh, ripe Kish Mish. Outstanding!

Our plants are propagated from the daughters of Mr. Thompson’s original vineyard, a 115 year old vineyard on the edge of the Sutter Buttes in Sutter County, CA at 100' elevation. We offer 1-2 years old potted cuttings.

Please note: We do not ship grapes. Available for pick up only in North San Juan.

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