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Rolling River Nursery is a permaculture nursery located in Oakland, California. In October, 2015 Planting Justice took over running the company when the original owners retired.


Here's a bit about Planting Justice:

Planting Justice is a grassroots organization with a mission to empower people impaceted by madd incarceration and other social inequalities with the skills and resources to cultivate food sovereignty, economic justice, and community healing.



Their nursery, Rolling River Nursery, has a wide selection of perennial, edible shrubs, groundcovers, vines and trees. Many trees are on standard-size rootstock so the tree is healthier and longer living.






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I give this nursery 8.5 out of 10 acorns.

I found Rolling River Nursery when searching for a pear tree on standard rootstock for my daughter's first birthday. I really wanted a tree that would live a long, healthy life--preferably 100 years so that the tree would live at least as long as my daughter. I found it extremely hard to find pears on standard rootstock, especially ones that do well in our area. Thankfully, I found Rolling River Nursery, and their pears are on OHxF97 rootstock, and they have the Orcas pear that I was looking for! I was also amazed at how many marvelous, hard-to-find permaculture plants were offered. I love when nurseries offer a wide selection, because it really saves on shipping costs to only order from one nursery to get the plants one wants, rather than 4 or 5 different nurseries! Their online catalog also shows how many of each plant they have available, which is super helpful.

I did encounter some difficulty getting emails answered or contacting people over the phone, however. Due to the transition of ownership, they were rather short-staffed, so it took some emailing and calling of people at Planting Justice to get my questions asked. But, I ended up with a very informative phone call from the person in charge of the nursery, and all my questions were answered and I'm lead to understand that they will continue to do better at answering phone calls and emails.

I ordered from them an Orcas Plum, Orcas Pear, and a Sochi tea shrub. All three came in great condition and were very well packaged and there was no damage to the trees. They also came with a California Red snail, which is now my son's pet snail. I planted the trees in October, 2017 and all three look healthy. I'm excited to see how they do as spring approaches!

Here's the plants as they arrived:


And, here's my daughter with her birthday pear tree ♥

 
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i give thm 9 out of 10 acorns. plants were huge, well packaged and came in a timely manner. considering they sent plants from Ca to Me, thats amazing ! shipping is a little heavy but its completely accross the country!
 
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I give this nursery 9 out of 10 acorns.

I’d give them a 10 if their Mulberry trees were on their own roots.
I love this nursery. The quality, prices, interesting selection, and excellent packaging have made them my favorite.
 
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Just in case anyone is wondering.... the original owners didn't retire... they're still caretaking the property with all the mother trees. They have a new business selling propagation material for all their varieties.

https://fruitwoodnursery.com/

Yeah they are pretty much the most epic, loving producers of living capital that I've ever met. Source: I've been caretaking for them the past 2 years on the Klamath River.
 
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I'm subscribed to their newsletter, and yesterday I got this in my inbox: a coupon for 15% off!



The email also mentions:

THIS MONTH'S NURSERY SPECIAL:
BUY 4 PLANTS OF EITHER THE
SLITSA BLACK CURRANT OR
CRIMSON STAR GOJI BERRY
TO RECEIVE AN ADDITIONAL 20% OFF!

 
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