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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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Lake City Red Flesh

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After discovery, we waited 7 years for this very old peach tree to bear fruit, and we are so glad we did! These unique freestone, blood peaches have a juicy, sweet and flavorful fruit, with a flesh, texture and color similar to that of a red plum. An unusual delight! In our observation, it appears to be resistant or immune to peach leaf curl, a destructive fungus which kills many peach and nectarine trees. Ripens in late August at 3300'.

This old, gnarled, grandmother peach tree has survived in drought conditions for many decades, but has been dying back each year and only has a few living branches left. She lives in Lake City which borders Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park. Lake City was founded as a mining town in 1853 and quickly grew into a bustling community. Hydraulic mining techniques used large-volume, high-pressure, cast-iron, water cannons to wash huge portions of the mountainsides down river. This affected farmers and ranchers in the valley, all the way to the San Francisco Bay. In 1884, lead to the world's first environmental law. The Sawyer decision banned the destructive practices at Malakoff Diggins and all other hydraulic mines in California, but loopholes in the law took decades to finally enforce until the last mine was closed in 1906. You can still see the destruction left behind in these mini, man-made "Grand Canyons."

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