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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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1920's Apple

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Small to Medium, Flavorful, Mid Season, Beautiful

This unknown apple is round, small to medium, crisp, flavorful, sweet and slightly tart. A great eater, juicer, sauce maker. It is a uniquely beautiful yellow apple splashed and dusted with pink, orange and red. A soft russet radiates from the stem cavity. It is a reliable producer and ripens in September at 4200' elevation.

The new owners of the property bought it from a woman who grew up eating these apples in Forest City. She and her mother loved this particular apple best. Anyone in the town was allowed to pick anything in the small orchard, except this one variety because It was their personal favorite. She said it was planted in the 1920's.

Today Forest City is a Ghost town of a dozen buildings or so, built in the 1850s, it was an important mining camp and trade center. Unfortunately not a lot of details were recorded about the mining camp, but the population was estimated at over 1,000 with over 30 commercial businesses during the boom years.

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