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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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Rhode Island Greening Apple

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This American heirloom originated in the mid 1600s and was brought West by Felix in 1888. A very popular apple of the 1800s to1900s, it’s one of the most frequent apples we have found, and for good reason! It is one of the best American culinary apples, with tender, rich, crisp, juicy and quite tart fruit, similar to a Granny Smith. The fruit is very large, round and flattened on the ends with a dark, waxy green skin that turns greenish-yellow when fully ripe. It is one of the best for apple pie and dried apples. Great fresh, as juice or for hard cider. This is Cy Rollin's favorite apple. It ripens from September to October at 4200', and keeps into February or longer. The tree is vigorous and very productive with a larger fruit and lighter crop in alternate years. It is considered one of the most long-lived of apples.

We collect our grafting material from grandmother trees in Alleghany, Sierra County @ 4200’, Buck’s Ranch on the San Juan Ridge, Nevada County @ 4100’ and Graniteville in Nevada County @ 5,000’. These great old mining camps have a ton of history, did I tell ya?

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