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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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Orders only accepted via the website.

Coyote Street Purple (aka: Purple Coyote)

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We have yet to positively identify this vine by variety, but it is well worth our offering as it is an outstanding seeded, large berried, blushed, purple, multi-purpose grape, excellent for fresh eating, juice, jellies and wine making. Beautiful large bunches ripen in September and early October in Nevada City at 2500’ on an old homestead full of Gillet plants. Highly resistant to powdery mildew, this vine is never sprayed and produces remarkably clean fruit annually.

The mother vine grows on an old homestead in Nevada City, Nevada County, CA, less than one mile for Gillet's Barren Hill Nursery. Nevada City, the Queen of the Northern Mines, was once the capitol of Nevada, and one of the biggest and most successful mining towns, hosting thousands of miners in the 1800's. Gillet opened a barber shop here in 1853, started the nursery in the mid 1860's and opened it to the public in 1871. He grew there for more than 35 years before his passing, when Charles Parsons took over and guided the nursery, then renamed the Felix Gilet Nursery, until 1968, when it was the oldest nursery in California. We have located many of Gillet's plants n this still thriving Gold Rush era town.

Note: We do not ship grapes. These plants are for "pickup" only in North San Juan, in January and February. Order now to reserve these limited edition grapes.

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