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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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Orange Plum

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A Gorgeous Orange Plum mottled with Red and covered in a Blue Bloom. Sweet and tasty but not too sweet - so you can eat more! Very Pleasant flavor with Crisp flesh and a cute Pointy Base. Produces Most Years. Moderate Yield but may be better when not growing out of concrete. This is the tastiest Orange Plum around! Ripens Early August in Nevada City at 2400' elevation.

We've found a few orange plums scattered around the foothills, but this Nevada City plum was the most flavorful. It is hard to say if it was a cultivated variety or seedling but the tree is quite old. Many of the seedling plums found around are crosses between crosses and its difficult to say what the genetics are. Nevada City is covered in a diverse array of both edible and ornamental plants, most of which came through Felix Gillet's Barren Hill Nursery, established in 1869. After Gillet's death in 1912, the reins of the nursery were taken over, in most part, by Charles Parsons until 1969.

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