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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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King David Apple

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Some apple connoisseurs consider King David to be one of the finest eating apples there have ever been. Crisp, with a Perfect Sweet/Tart balance, Great Flavor and Beautiful. This Mid-Season Apple was discovered in 1893 by Farmer Ben Frost in Arkansas. It most likely falls in the genetic line of Arkansas Black and/or Winesap and can still be found in Heirloom Orchards all over the US.

Found in an heirloom orchard planted in Amador around 1912, they still had name tags! The children of the original homesteaders, now grown, had kept tabs on the orchard. They carved the original variety names into aluminum rectangles (pop and beer cans with the tops and bottoms removed, then split open into rectangles). These they hung in the trees with a metal wire. Great recycling! Pioneers are like that!

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