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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. 

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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 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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Galloway Pippin Apple

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An excellent dessert apple of medium size and squat shape, the Galloway Pippin is a crisp and sprightly fall apple with delicate berry flavors. The sunny side of the greenish yellow fruit gets a beautiful orange red blush. Ripens in mid to late September at 2700' elevation. Great fresh, cider and dried. A fairly good keeper. Productive tree is about 15 feet tall, with plenty of new growth each year.

The grandmother tree is in a large, multi variety apple orchard, planted in the 1800s near Goodyears Bar, Sierra County near the North Fork of the Yuba River @ 2700’. Goodyears Bar was a significant mining camp in the late 1800s, with plenty of gold in the river and the hills. Lots of mines were located nearby, and farmers raised fruit to feed the hungry miners. An amazing mountain elder, octogenarian Cy Rollins, caretakes a number of heirloom trees, including this Galloway, while maintaining his museum-like property. He is full of history and story, and we hope to capture a few of them soon.



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