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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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Mother Apple

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The best and most delicious apple of the historic Gail's Orchard. Everything you'd like out of an apple. Bright Red, Medium Large, Crisp, Perfect Sweet/Tart balance, very rich and flavorful. Great all around apple. They can hang on the tree for months and still keep crisp and flavorful. They seem to produce almost every year and are ripe in September and October. We haven't tried but they will most likely store well into winter when stored properly in your root cellar. They are very similar to our 'Calville Rouge Apple' and may be the same variety. However, these ripen earlier than the 'Calville Rouge'.

Historic Gail's Orchard is on private property in the middle of the Tahoe National Forest. Originally a summer home to the Nisenan, this protected orchard is difficult to find and dangerous if you do. Be prepared to run for your life! An operating ranch since the mid 1800s. Over a hundred years of cattle ranching has probably contributed to the extraordinary heath and vigor of these trees.

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