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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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Black Corinth Grape

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Fundraiser Plant! 2000+ year old grape, perhaps the first seedless grape and raisin! We've only found one Mother Vine and it died 2 years ago.

We only have 3 plants.

Black Corinth Grapes are also known as Zante Currants, Corinth Raisins and Corinthian Raisins.  The first written record of the grape was allegedly made in 75 AD by Pliny the Elder. 

They were sold in England as Reysyns de Corauntz or Raisins of Corinth in the 1400’s after the Greek harbor which was the primary exporter of the grapes. Gradually, the name got corrupted into ‘currant’ from ‘corauntz’. By the 1600’s, the main exporter was the Ionian island Zakinthos or Zante, which all combined you get ‘Zante currant!’  Not to be confused with the edible ‘Currant’ which is also a small purplish, round fruit, similar to the grape in appearance but it is actually an entirely different plant Family!

A complicated name can mean a complicated history!

Mother plant was growing in Newcastle but died a few years ago 🙁

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