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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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Squire Canyon Red

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This variety has stumped our efforts to identify it, but it’s so worth growing we’ve named it after its home near Dutch Flat, CA. The vine, now growing up fir and cedar trees on an old homestead, produces numerous clusters of delectable red seeded grapes, perfect for fresh or juice. Nearly immune to powdery mildew, the scourge of most grapes. Large red berries, medium size clusters are firm, complex, very flavorful and sweet. The seeded grape is great for fresh eating, jellies, juice, wine and vinegar. Yum! Ripens in late August to September at 3100'.

The mother vine grows in Dutch Flat, Placer County, CA at 3,100’. Dutch Flat was founded by German immigrants in 1851 and was once one of the richest gold mining locations in California. This beautiful old town, located on the Transcontinetal railroad that connected the US in the 1800's, is absolutely full of heirloom fruits and nuts, many from Gillet’s nursery. We will be introducing other favorites in the coming years. A true goldmine of history is Dutch Flat.

Please Note: We do not ship grapes. They are available for pickup in North San Juan in January and February. Please order them from the website now, to reserve for pickup. We have limited supply of all grapes.

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