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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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Donna's Fig

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This medium-sized, extremely tasty, purple to dark purple fruit has yummy dark strawberry flesh. Great fresh, dries into one of the best dried figs. Leafs out late and misses most spring frosts, with a productive annual crop beginning in August through September at 3000'. Hardy, relatively small tree produces numerous shoots and can be trained as a large bush or small tree.

The grandmother trees is on the English Ranch in North Columbia, Nevada County, CA. North Columbia, elevation 3000', was a bustling Gold Rush town on the San Juan Ridge, originally known as Columbia, Columbia Hill, or The Hill because of its proximity to Columbia Hill. Site of one of the biggest hydraulic gold mines, it started as a miners camp around 1851. When a Post Office was established in 1860, the word "North" was added in order to differentiate the settlement from Columbia, another gold rush town in Tuolumne County, CA

Please Note: We do not ship figs. Pick up only, in North San Juan in January and February. We suggest you place your order now to reserve them for pick up, as we have a limited supplies of figs.

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