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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. 

Stay Tuned…


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. 

Hope is on the Horizon.

We will have historic fruit and nut trees available for preorder

November 1, 2024.

Thank you for all your Support!

Orders only accepted via the website.

Pineapple Quince

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The Pineapple is the quintessential quince. Bred by Luther Burbank in 1899, its perfumed aroma has a strong, sweet, pineapple fragrance. Old timers would put quince in their closets and drawers to freshen up their clothing. This productive plant, susceptible to fireblight, as are all quince, produces fruit in September and October. Very sturdy, drought tolerant plant. quince can be used as dwarfing rootstock for pear trees. Although edible when raw it is most often cooked and sweetened or added to apple sauce. There are many savory recipes for quince. Dulce de Membrillo is a traditional Spanish dessert usually paired with Manchego Cheese. The trees are slow growing and are between 1/4" caliper and 3/8" caliper

The grandmother trees are cared for by Cy Rollins and Sourdough, the donkey, in Goodyears Bar near the shore of the North Fork of the Yuba River, Sierra County. The Rollins family stewards many of our favorite trees still surviving from the Gold Rush era. Goodyears Bar was one of the original gold strikes on the N. Yuba and is called "Bar" not because of the proclivity of drinking miners, but for a then prominent sand bar in the river, now long gone. Goodyears Bar contains many heirloom gems which we are still discovering.


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