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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 Winter Pearmain Apple

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An orange vanilla flavored, medium sized apple that made it's appearance in the mid 1800s. The medium sized fruit has grass green to soft-yellow skin and a little redish blush on the sunny side. The flavor is very good, and is considered good for eating and cooking, and inferior to none for cider. That means it is good in cider. It holds its shape when cooked or baked. Ripens mid October into November at 4500', and will keep three or more months under non refrigerated cool storage. A good, consistent cropper, the tree is moderately vigorous, self sterile and requires other apple varieties for good crops. Moderately resistant to mildew and fireblight. Widely adapted to growing in most moderate to high chill apple growing regions, and is very suited for cold winter locales.

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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