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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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Richie's Red Beauty

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We’ve yet to definitely identify this beauty, so we’ve named it after FGI volunteer arboreal archeologist Richie Marks, who discovered it barely surviving in a forest near Chicago Park. It is a succulent prune plum that goes from green to golden yellow to apricot-orange, and finally red. The rosy yellow flesh is sweet and delicious. Medium to large sized, and larger with irrigation. Deep, rich, succulent sweet flavor. Ripens in the shade in August at 2300'. Eat fresh, dry, plum sauce or jams. This one is going to be a hit! 

This little known variety is propagated from one scraggly tree near Chicago Park, Nevada County @ 2300’. This tree is surviving with no human care, encroached heavily by the forest, yet still producing nice crops of wonderful fruit. Chicago Park was a famous fruit shipping district at the turn of the 20th Century, shipping pears all over the U.S., but pear blight and pear decline, two major diseases, wiped out nearly all the pears in the 50’s and 60’s. Plums and prunes are not affected by this disease, and these have survived for your enjoyment.

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