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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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White Pippin Apple

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This is a crisp, juicy, fine-textured apple with pale greenish-yellow skin and very moderate orange blush. It has a refreshing tart-sweet flavor. Good for eating fresh from the tree, in pies or juice. A winner in ciders. This is a really good tasting apple! Ripens in October to November at 2800' elevation, and keeps for 3-4 months under reasonable storage. The relatively large vigorous tree bears a good crop most years. Good blight, frost and scab resistance. Jenifer had to go back and get the scions from this tree 'cause she said it was so good.

The grandmother tree is a healthy specimen growing on an old farmstead that fed the local miners in the late 1800s. The property contains nearly 100 heirloom apples, pears and walnuts in reasonable health despite no irrigation, fertilization or pest control, near Goodyears Bar, Sierra County above the North Fork of the Yuba River @ 2800’. The brothers Miles and Andrew Goodyear, along with a Dr. Vaughan and a Mr. Morrison, prospected here in the summer of 1849 and found gold enough to settle down at this crossing of the Yuba River. The Goodyear boys built a sturdy cabin and before long the rich deposits attracted a number of other miners to their camp, which was given the name Goodyears Bar in honor of its founders.

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