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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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Scarlet Stayman Apple

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A triploid apple cultivar developed in 1866 by Joseph Stayman of Leavenworth, Kansas, sold by nurseries since 1895. The fruit is medium sized, with beautiful scarlet, red skin. Firm, crisp white flesh, with a little pink color from the skin. Sweet, rich, very pleasant, floral flavors. One of the FGI apple tasting favorites. It is a high-quality dessert and culinary apple. Since Stayman is a triploid, it will not pollinate other cultivars and benefits from at least two other varieties near it for pollination. Ripens in September to October at 4500', keeps 2-4 months. Moderate blight and scab resistance. A very good keeper. slow grower

Triploid: A triploid apple has 3 sets of chromosomes instead of two. This means that the pollen is often sterile and cannot pollinate itself or others. It needs other self fertile varieties of apples around it to pollinate and develop fruit.

The tended grandmother tree is located in Forest City, Sierra County. Forest was a very productive gold mining camp beginning in 1852. Thousands flocked to this vibrant town, today a national historic monument. Forest is full of antique pears, apples and cherries that we will be introducing over the next several years. Apples are particularly productive and long-lived at this 4500’ site.

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