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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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Duchess d'Angouleme

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This popular French fruit was developed about 1815, brought to California by Gillet in 1882. One of the largest pear varieties can attain an enormous size. Skin is greenish-yellow netted with russet and numerous russet dots. Flesh is white, buttery, somewhat granular, very juicy and melting with a rich flavor. Excellent fresh, dried and juice. An upright, vigorous, hardy tree that bears young and regularly. Ripens in October, for use in the next 6 weeks. Fireblight resistant. Sets a big crop almost every year, no matter the weather. Partially self fruitful, but will increase crop when planted with: Bergamot d’Esperen, Beurre Clairgeau, and Beurre d’Anjou. Beurre Gris, Louis Bonne, Martin Sec. This variety was chosen by the Slow Food Ark of Taste in 2014 to be honored and saved for posterity.

The 125+ year young mother tree grows in the town of Humbug, in Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park on the San Juan Ridge of Nevada County at 3,250’ elevation. Humbug is the site of one of the original hydraulic mines, and a long-term, large mining town, abundant with wonderful heirloom fruits and nuts that we will be introducing over the next few years.

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