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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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Early Sweet Tart Apple

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This is one of the earliest apples we have found, ripening in mid July at 3200' in half shade. This delicious little apple has thin, candycane-red skin and snow white flesh with a Sweet Tart, candy-like flavor. Like some early apples, it can be a bit dry and get mealy quick if you don't pick them when they are perfect. On some apples, the calyx protrudes externally about 1/8 inch. Cute and candy like. Did we say that they remind us of candy?

The grandmother tree is located near Malakoff Diggins State Park. The Diggins now resembles a mini grand canyon. Large, cast-iron, water cannons, fed by hundreds of miles of hand dug ditches, were used to blast away large sections of mountain side. This technique exposed the gold-laden, quartz veins so the miners could more easily access the gold. Unfortunately, the excessive, man-made erosion caused massive amounts of debris to wash downstream and led to wide spread flooding, killing people and damaging property in Marysville in 1875. As a result, in 1884 the world's first environmental law, the Sawyer Decision, eventually ended hydraulic mining.

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