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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. 

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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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Orders only accepted via the website.

Lowell Hill Beauty

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Another excellent variety we have yet to positively identify. A large-fruited, very flavorful, round, blushed purple to deep purple, medium size cluster, seeded grape, well suited for fresh eating, juice, jelly, wine and vinegar. This grape is immune to powdery mildew and Botrytis bunch rot and is never sprayed and completely clean in our observations. Ripens in September to October at 3800 feet, along the Bear River.

This 100+ year old vine is vigorously growing untended in the late 1800s mining camp of Lowell Hill in Placer County, CA. near the Bear River at 3800’. Lowell Hill is famous for producing wine grapes, apples and one of California’s first governors. Many heirloom trees and two houses are the last of this famed mining camp, partially destroyed by fire in 2015.

Please note: We do not ship grapes. For pickup only in North San Juan in January and February. Please order them now, as supplies are very limited. We will reserve them for your pick up here.

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