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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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Shiro Persimmon

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This rare Asian variety with crunchy texture and sweet, classic persimmon flavor hints of nutmeg and cinnamon. This is a non-astringent variety is comparable to Fuyu and may be eaten firm or allowed to soften. Great for drying, jams and eating out of hand. Very resistant to insects and diseases. Keeps at least a month after harvest.The tree is extremely productive and can yield upwards of 100 pounds in a good season. All persimmons are self-fertile, so a pollinator is not required. They are late blooming and miss most frosts. Ripens in late October and November at 2800' elevation. The tree form is upright with a singular trunk, resistant to snow. Makes beautiful fall foliage and fruit color in the yard and on the table. Slow growing, very drought tolerant once established.

The lone, grandmother tree thrives at the old stage stop in Camptonville on the road to Mountain House. Camptonville was once a roaring mining camp and continues to thrive today with many historic buildings and heirloom fruit and nut trees. Remember the old song "Camptown Ladies Sing this Song, oh do da day," it was inspired by the miners of 19th century Camptonville.

FYI: Persimmons are slow growing and difficult to propagate that is why they are more expensive than our other fruit trees.

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