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Berries, grapes and fruit trees at Rolling River Nursery
Rolling River Nursery in Northern California offers many varieties and mostly organically grown perennial food plants.
August 31, 2015
12:17 am
Near Meadview, between Lake Mead and Grand Canyon West (Skywalk)
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Lots of info about their growing practices is at and at

... Wild bird-life has exploded too creating a riot of song and activity and our loyal dogs find deep purpose in their important efforts at keeping the bears, foxes, raccoons and ground squirrels out side the fence and out of the trees! It's taken a lot of work but it has been deeply satisfying to watch a previously denuded and barren landscape transform into a thriving lush ecosystem teaming with life! ...

I like what they're doing and our goals are very similar -- tailored for our tough high desert climate.

In spring 2015 we ordered over 100 rooted berry, kiwi, fig cuttings from Hartman's (wholesale), but they don't have nearly as many varieties.   We want to grow as many varieties as possible to see which ones do best in our alkaline calcareous native soil (8.2 to 8.7 pH), the ferocious winds, drought and extreme heat and cold -- the opposite of Northern California.

Do they sell cuttings?  We've been quite successful with pomegranate cuttings from the university in Yuma and we're currently working on our new and improved misting system.

September 2, 2015
7:02 pm
Near Meadview, between Lake Mead and Grand Canyon West (Skywalk)
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I just got an email from Marc:

You can send us a list of what you want at any time and we will let you know if we have enough to sell. Grape cuttings go for 1.80 each and scionwood of fruit trees goes for 3.50 per stick that is enough to graft at least 2 trees. Currants and other berry types also sell for 3.50 per stick, enough for at least 2 cuttings.
I'll be starting on my list soon.
The new misting system is up and running and so far looks much better than the old one. 
We also set up a 12 V pump with solar and a battery in the orchard to automate watering the many grow bags.  Gravity works for the tree holes, but not the pots.  Ultimately, the cuttings will probably be in the new hoophouse next to the orchard and I can't wait to get some new grapes and berries.
For fruit trees we'd have to have root stock and that's something we're also looking into.  Our dwarf Meyer lemon has a few suckers and we could get some dwarf root stock started.  But that's less than ideal since they'd all freeze in winter.  I have yet to find a source for drought and high pH tolerant rootstock.   I'll post a request in the buy / sell / trade section, maybe some locals get suckers from good fruit trees.
Am REALLY looking forward to some different grapes.  Bought one at Star this year and it was so root bound, I'm surprised it lived (barely) after I had to cut off about 80% of the roots before planting.
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