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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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Dorris Seedling

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Eaten right from the tree this small/medium, yellow pear is soft, sweet, melty and non astringent. Unlike any other pear on the property and growing outside the fence-line, it is most likely is a seedling. But remember an all time favorite, the Bartlett was originally found as a wild seedling in the forest! As we have just begun propagating this pear, we don't have much info on it yet. However, we'll be watching this little star because it is delicious, vigorous and attractive! This fruit has a short shelf life, so it has to be eaten or processed right away. The little tree has produced moderate crops 3 years in a row, without fireblight damage! Ripens in mid September to early October at 2500'.

The grandmother tree is an old roadside seedling growing near an old pear orchard of Bosc, Autumn Bartlett, Comice and Winter Nelis pears. This property in North San Juan, Nevada County also has early apples, hops, grapes, pineapple quince and Myro plums. North San Juan was a roaring mining camp in the 1800s, a relatively short stagecoach ride to Felix Gillet's nursery in Nevada City. We have discovered numerous, valuable heirlooms in and around N. San Juan and the San Juan ridge, most, apparently, from Gillet's nursery.

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