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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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Ultra Dwarf Apple / Lamb Abby

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Perhaps the most unique collector’s tree we have. We grafted 9 of them, and they are not available anywhere else. The fruit is a whitish apple with small pink dots, sprays and stripes. The flesh is very crisp and spritely, wonderfully sweet and flavorful with a very strong complementing tartness that makes such a complete apple. Very superb quality. This is now, perhaps one of Adam’s favorite apples!

The mother tree is in an orchard with many other heirloom trees and is smaller than the average, It doesn’t have the same ultra-dwarfing size we are seeing with the grafted material. It is unknown whether or not it is a cultivated variety or chance seedling, but the fruit is too good to be accidental. Jenifer ID'ed the fruit to be Lamb Abby, but the tree's growing characteristics are unusual and don't fit the description. The age of the Mother tree is unknown, so who knows how productive or long it will take to get fruit. We are still learning more about this unusual tree as It appears to be ultra-dwarfing.
The MOST UNUSUAL CHARACTERISTIC:
We top grafted this variety onto a 5-year-old tree, and instead of growing 5’-6’ it grew about 6”. All new growth terminates in a very dense collection of buds, branches and spurs, almost like a witch’s broom. The pictures tell the story. The trees we grafted on m111 have only grew 7” in 2 years, but it has produced quite a few fruit spurs and side branches in a tight cluster. It could be an ultra-dwarfing columnar type apple. It could have a chemical imbalance of gibberellins which regulate node spacing. We will replant some of these trees in the orchard; a few we will bonsai; and we will continue to watch our top-grafted tree with great anticipation.

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