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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.
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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 them for the 2024/25 Bareroot Season. 

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Early Black

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$37.00
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Yet to be positively identified, this Gillet era plant is a vigorous old tree that produces medium sized heart shaped, fully black fruit. Very sweet, yet with complex rich flavor. The favorite cherry of the property owner. The earliest of five Gillet era varieties on this site, it ripens late June at 2800'.

The grandmother tree is a very healthy 110+ year young specimen growing at 2800’ in a mixed Gillet homestead orchard in Camptonville, Yuba County, a vibrant mining town of the mid 1800s, still populated with many Gillet trees. Camptonville was also the home of Lester Pelton, who in 1870 invented the Pelton wheel. Lester changed the course of human evolution by inventing the device for making hydroelectric power. Camptonville is a fascinating old mining camp, with many Gillet trees. Remember the tune "Camptown ladies sing this song, doo dah, doo dah..."? That's Camptonville. We will be introducing more from this area in coming years.

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