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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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Newtown Spitzenburg

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This late Fall ripening apple has everything you need in an apple. It has crisp, tender, sweet and juicy flesh with just the right amount of tartness. Rich and aromatic flavor and super crunch wins hearts. The great taste is complemented by it's sun ripened candy red crimson skin. Vigorous and productive tree with good resistance to fireblight and scab. Consistent producer. Very popular here at the FGI.

The mother tree thrives at 4100' at Bucks Ranch overlooking the Middle Fork of the Yuba River in rural Nevada County, CA. Amigo discovered Buck's Ranch in 1970, years before he first caught wind of Felix Gillet and the legacy that inspired this project. The trees on this property, once abandoned, are dry farmed, get no fertilizer (other than bear and deer poop!), and are not sprayed. They are hearty! Forty five years later we are still tending and propagating these beautiful trees, ensuring their genetics live on for our posterity! What Fun!

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