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Due to two years of severe nursery losses, our board of directors has changed our focus. Rather than bareroot propagation and sales, we are shifting to education and the care and maintenance of our historic Mother Orchard.
Please consider becoming a member (below) and donating to help continue our work.

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 them for the 2024/25 Bareroot Season. 

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A huge shout out to Sweetland Mercantile in North San Juan, CA for working with us. Thank you for supporting them with your purchases.


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Care for the Historic Mother Orchard Repository - Donation of Any Amount

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Your Donation of any amount enables us to take good care of this historic repository of over 250 young trees.

The grandmother trees were discovered on Gold Rush Era Mining Camps, Ranches and Homesteads from the 1800s and were the best of their time.

As you can see these historic varieties are overgrown with blackberries and scotch broom. They need weeding and planting with low growing clover, a cover crop to help suppress weeds and gives nitrogen to the soil. They need compost and coddling moth prevention and the fruit needs picking.

Some of the treasures amid our historic collection are:

Apples * Pears * Walnuts * Persimmons * Figs * Almonds * Chestnuts * Cherries * Grapes * Prunes * Pomegranates * Quince * Peaches * Apricots * Mulberries * Roses * Hops * Myrtle * Cranberries and more.

As you may or may not know, Felix Gillet was the second nurseryman in the state of California. He arrived with other prospectors and soon saw the greater need for more food as the masses arrived in droves to find their fortunes. He earned enough money from his barber shop in Nevada City to purchase Barren Hill (called such because all the trees had been cutdown for use in the mining industry). There he started his nursery and began importing the best food plants of the time, first from France, but eventually from all over the world.

We, the Felix Gillet Institute, have been hunting for, discovering and growing these old varieties discovered on Gold Rush Era Mining Camps, Ranches and Homesteads where they have survived for nearly 150 years, some still bearing fruit!

These amazing trees show great resilience to climate change, making them valuable not only for their historic properties but also for food security.

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