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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. 

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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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Blush Bartlett

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This beautiful pear is part of the extensive Bartlett family. It has the buttery, juicy, melt in your mouth sweetness of all Bartletts and ripens in early September at 2700' elevation. The skin has a gorgeous, deep orange-pink sun blush. The sweet and perfumed flesh is buttery sweet and slightly grainy. A favorite for fresh eating, canning or drying. Fruit is medium to very large. Appears to be self fruitful, but like all pears, will likely produce bigger crops with another variety growing nearby.

The mother tree grows at 2700’ in a quaint Gold Rush era homestead in Goodyears Bar, CA near the North Fork of the Yuba River. This tree is cared for by our wise, very active friend, octogenarian, Cy Rollins, whose knowledge and storytelling has captivated and inspired us. Not only does Cy tend many heirloom fruit and nut trees, he also collects antique mining and logging equipment. He even set up a public museum so that all can enjoy the history of the local area. Of the 100 or so heirloom trees Cy stewards, we have selected about a dozen of our favorites for your growing enjoyment.


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