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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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Know Your Soil

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This is a handbook for Understanding and Utilizing Soil Analysis for Organic Growing, written by the founder of the Felix Gillet Institute and organic farming guru, Amigo Bob Cantisano. It is an indispensable guide to understanding the complex world of soil chemistry and biology.

Written in easy to understand language, this handbook is a practical tool for understanding soil laboratory reports and covers technical aspects of improving soil fertility using a variety of inputs, including information on how to increase or decrease levels of each major nutrient in the soil.

This book includes: Detailed discussions of how to manage major and micro nutrients in the soil; Solid info on soil PH, trace minerals, micronutrients, soil nutrient interactions and balance, and foliar feeding; Specifics on using cover crops, compost and compost teas and rock minerals; Focused information on managing soil organic matter to increase crop yields and much more!

Also included are clear descriptions of such technical terms like Cation Exchange Capacity (CEC), Excess Lime Rate, and/or reports.

By Looking at soil biology through the lens of laboratory soil tests, Know Your Soil informs strategic decision-making, affecting both long-term soil health and profitable farm production.

A valuable tool for serious gardeners, farmers and orchardists.

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