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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. 

Stay Tuned…


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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Benefit Luncheon - August 18, 2024 12 Year Anniversary of the Felix Gillet Institute's Nursery

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Benefit Luncheon

With Slide Show presentation by Adam Nuber and Jenifer Bliss

Guided History and Tree Walk through Nevada City

Silent Auction

Sunday, August 18th

11am - 2pm

Enjoy a delicious lunch provided by North Fork Chai

Learn about Nevada City’s 1800s Felix Gillet’s historic work and contributions to West Coast agriculture and what the Felix Gillet Institute is currently doing to re-discover and keep the genetics of the historic fruit and nut trees brought to the West Coast during the Gold Rush Era

Participate in a Silent Auction

Take a walk through Nevada City to visit some of the historic places where Gillet is remembered

Location: Odd Fellow’s Hall (upstairs) - Spring Street Entrance

Chair lift available for those who need help getting up the stairs.

212 Spring Street

Nevada City, CA 95959

Cost: $50 per person

Sorry No Pets

All proceeds benefit the Felix Gillet Institute non-profit

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