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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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Red Myro

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This Red Myrobalan, aka Myro plum, aka Cherry plum is a sweet, juicy, red ball of deliciousness. The best flavored red cherry plum we have found. The fruit measures about 1” diameter, and the tree produces prolifically. The grandmother tree produces many beautiful white flowers that bloom late, which gives them the opportunity to produce a prolific annual crop. They are tough trees and can survive drought, pests and disease. Myro are commonly used as rootstocks for plums, prunes, almonds, peaches and nectarines. Any or all of these species can be grafted to this tree to create a yummy fruit salad, all on one tree. They produce readily from seed which is why you may have seen these scattered around, spread by birds, deer and bears. They were originally a West Asian plum which became popular as hedgerows and rootstock in Europe.

The grandmother is a 24' tree thriving without any care, off a main road near Grass Valley, Nevada County at 2400' elevation. Grass Valley was a bustling mining town not far from Nevada City. It was first called 'Boston Ravine', then 'Centerville' and then finally, Grass Valley. Grass Valley was the home of Lola Montez, the creator of the scandalous "Spider Dance," and also the home of Lyman Gilmore, the real inventor of the airplane!


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