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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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Ben's Red

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Originated in Cornwall, England in the early 1800s. Medium-size fruit are bright yellow green with a strong pinkish, ripening to dark red flush, and some striping. The creamy white flesh is crisp, dry and coarse with a sweet, strawberry–like flavor. Ripens in late July-August. Highly rated for dessert and juicing. Like all summer apples, a short keeper, up to 4 weeks. Needs a pollinator variety planted near it for good productivity. Plant with Yellow Bellflower for max productivity

The mother tree grows in Dutch Flat, CA at 3100’ in Placer County, overlooking the Bear River. Dutch Flat is a beautiful old town adjacent to a huge hydraulic mine from the mid 1800’s, and alongside the Trans Sierra Pacific railroad, connecting it with the world back in the day. We will be introducing many more p[plants from this farming community in the future.

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