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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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Green Keeper Apple

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Crunchy, Delicious, Sweet and Tart, Late Season Storing Apple, Unique flavor with unusually dense flesh

This unassuming apple is quite extraordinary! This unknown, large, green skinned, boxy shaped apple has a rich dense flesh that packs a super crunch. Best in storage for a month or so but can still be eaten fresh if picked late off of the tree. It appears to be a rather shy bearer that prefers other pollinators around. The tree is healthy and vigorous. Great for fresh Eating and Pies. While it is nice to have fresh eating apples right off the tree, it is especially nice to be able to put them in storage (in you root cellar, of course) and have excellent apples later in the season when other fresh food from the garden has withered and the plants have gone to sleep for the winter.

The Grandmother tree is found in Nevada City, right along the Golden Chain Highway 49. Nevada City sits on Nisenan Land and was first settled by European Americans in 1849. Nevada City has been registered as a national historic landmark, where In 1850, there were 10,000 miners, business men (and women...), with saloons, barbershops (one run by Felix Gillet), hotels, brothels, hardware, grocery stores, horse and mule traders, to name a few.

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