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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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Fat Fig

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No one knows what this fig is and THE MOTHER TREE WAS CUT DOWN!!!!!! 🙁 It is amazing and we may be the only organization offering this variety. and now that the mother has been chopped down, who knows. very sad

This is the fattest fig we have found. Although yet an unidentified variety, it is an amazing fig that produces prolifically. It has heavy ribbing and a little Star of David at the calyx. When ripe the skin attains purple, blue and green colors. Gorgeous, delicious, strawberry flesh. Ripens in August at 2700'. A Gem! We may be the only group offering it.

Please Note: It is too expensive to ship figs individually right now, but will ship them when ordered with other bare root trees.


The grandmother tree is a very old untended large and very productive specimen thriving in downtown Grass Valley, Nevada County, CA. at 2700', a Gold Rush era, thriving, mining town which had many famous surface and hardrock mines including Empire Mine, now a state historic park. Empire was one of the richest hard rock mines in history. You can visit the museum today, an actual mine shaft, many Gillet trees, a rose garden -with some Gillet varieties, rock and glass greenhouse, stamp mill and an amazing house built by William Bourn, original owner of the mine. Bourn also built Filoli, a wonderful historic estate in San Mateo County, CA with many plants supplied by Felix Gillet of Barren Hill Nursery.

Please Note: It is too expensive to ship figs individually right now, but will ship them when ordered with other barefoot trees.

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