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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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Allington Pippin

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Introduced in 1884 from Lincolnshire, England. A cross of Reine de Reinettes and Cox’s Orange Pippin. Fruit is medium-size, conic, with yellow to red skin with some reddish/orange flush or stripes, some russeting. A versatile apple useful for both cooking and eating. An excellent baking apple, keeps its shape when cooked. After a few months in storage the flavor mellows to an intense pineapple flavor. Excellent for cooking, juice and hard cider. Medium Vitamin C content. Harvest October into November, keeps 3 or more months in storage. Tree has average growth, is partially self-fertile but will set larger crops with other varieties. Biennial tendency, spur-bearer suitable to espalier or full size growth. Some resistance to scab.

Our mother tree is still (!) growing in Graniteville, once a boisterous, prosperous mining town at 4977’ on the San Juan Ridge. The house where the tree is located dates to 1885. At this high of an elevation the fruit has a challenge ripening before the bears get it, but the tree continues to produce a crop nearly every year, weather permitting. It is our highest elevation apple species discovered thus far. Will thrive at lower elevations, in any location with chilling hours above 600.

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