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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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Winter Nelis

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Product Details

A small to medium delicious pear with light brown russeting over a light green skin that becomes more golden when ripe. Its shape is fairly rounded with almost no neck. Flesh is creamy, juicy, aromatic and sweet, with good cooking and canning qualities - very good in cider blends. This is a winter ripening pear, that provided fresh food when everything else was done. Ripe in November and December at 2300', and the quality remains good through January or February. Good pollenizer for Bartlett and many other pears. May also be used as a rootstock. Fireblight resistant variety!

The grandmother tree is a wild, non-irrigated, heavy-bearing, smaller tree growing on a homestead, planted in the late 1800s near Brownsville, Yuba County @ 2300’. Brownsville was a thriving logging town with numerous mills in the 1800s, supplying the mines and towns of the Sierra and Sacramento Valley with wood and wood products. Fortunately farmers planted these heirloom trees for feeding the loggers and miners.

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